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More Important Than Adrenals for Stress?

From eNewsletter 6/17/2019

DID YOU KNOW that taking at least twenty minutes out of your day to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels?

A study in Frontiers of Psychology has established for the first time the most effective dose of an urban nature experience. Health professionals can use this discovery to prescribe "nature-pills" with the knowledge that they have a real measurable effect.


Steve and Bonnie: Many health professionals realize that when you have to treat the adrenals, it is often too late to fix the issue completely. Addressing hypothalamic function is a great way to prevent adrenal burn out.

The hypothalamus is the master controller, the CEO of your body - controller of temperature, sex hormones, energy modulator, sleep, circadian rhythm, reproduction, sex drive, memory, and hunger hormones. When the hypothalamus is balanced, your adrenals intuitively know what they need to do and do not burn out. When the hypothalamus is dysfunctional, many of the aforementioned bodily functions suffer.

One protein that leads to the creation of cortisol (the "stress hormone") is called POMC. POMC originates in the hypothalamus, not the adrenals. While there is no diagnostic test to measure POMC levels, there are several other tests to assess hypothalamus function.

-Lipid profile WITH subparticle size



-Unconjugated DHEA

-Conjugated DHEA sulfate


-Free T3

-Free T4

-LH (male)

-FSH and LH (female)

There are numerous lifestyle modifications that can be made if a majority of these levels are skewed. Two easy ones: never eat in the middle of the night and your last meal should be at least three hours before bedtime.

Magnesium and Rhodiola rosea are two supplements that can be very helpful for balancing hypothalamic function, but should only be prescribed by a licensed health professional.


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