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Understanding Cortisol: Effects, Imbalances, and Solutions

Understanding Cortisol: Effects, Imbalances, and Solutions

March 9, 2024

We’ve all heard of stress’s negative effects on the body, and some of us even know that the “stress hormone” is cortisol. Does that mean that cortisol is bad for you? And, if so, why does your body produce it?

This week on A Different Perspective, Dr. Bryce Gallagher dives into this question. What is cortisol, what effects does it have on the body, and what can happen if you have high cortisol? Low cortisol? What are some ways you can support your body in either case, and what supplements are typically recommended?

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Cortisol and Stress: what is the relationship between cortisol and stress, and what are the results?
  • Cortisol and the metabolism: How can cortisol impact and affect metabolism? What are some signs this is happening to you?
  • Telomeres and astragalus: What are telomeres, how do they impact aging, and what impact does astragalus have on them?
  • How to manage cortisol levels naturally: What are some things you can do to support your body when it comes to cortisol, and how do these steps work?
  • Effects of high cortisol: What are some signs you should start looking at your cortisol levels? (Accompanied by the flip side of the coin: Effects of low cortisol.)

Dr. Bryce also covers California poppy, astragalus, kava, and L-theanine. He breaks down how these supplements support the body and why they can help so much more than just the cortisol response. As always, remember to consult a Wellness Way doctor or certified health restoration coach to get yourself tested and learn how to support your specific needs. One size doesn’t fit all!

See the science-backed research behind these topics, learn new facts about cortisol and stress, and put yourself on the path to health restoration. Watch now for all the details, and set up a call with one of our docs here:

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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.