A fair number of the patients I see are already eating a healthy diet but they’re still not feeling well. Once we delve deep into their history and their lives, it becomes very clear that stress is at the bedrock of their illness. It’s extremely frustrating to be eating well all the time but still experiencing symptoms.
We know that stress shuts down digestion including suppression of stomach acid, bile flow, and pancreatic function. All of these are necessary for healthy digestion but if we’re stressed while we are eating, that healthy food we’re putting into our bodies won’t get digested properly and it may have some more interesting effects on the body.
In this podcast, I discuss the gut-brain axis with Dr. Jeff Moss. This was a fascinating conversation about the latest research on the connection between gut microflora and it’s intimate connection to the brain and nervous system. We talk about this connection with neurotransmitter imbalances, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, gut healing strategies and much more.
“Adrenal fatigue” doesn’t technically exist despite what many people have read on the internet. Adrenal fatigue is a term used by many alternative healthcare practitioners but there is no evidence that it is actually a condition. I’ll use the term “adrenal fatigue” however throughout this article to simply describe a hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis that is out of balance.
Adrenal fatigue basically means that your adrenal glands are out of balance with the brain and aren’t producing healthy levels of the hormones cortisol, DHEA and aldosterone. Additionally, your adrenals may be over-producing or under-producing adrenaline (norepinephrine & epinephrine). When you first become stressed the adrenals will pump out a lot of cortisol and adrenaline but over time they become out of balance from prolonged stress. Read more