The primary hormone involved in stress response is called cortisol. 

Cortisol has many important functions in the body including:

  • Blood Pressure adaptability
  • Blood sugar fluctuations
  • Regulating the sleep-wake cycle
  • Reducing inflammation
  • The body's utilization of macronutrients

Cortisol levels are meant to return to baseline after a stressor has resolved. Occasionally the stress becomes too high and too frequent for the body to adapt properly. This can result in chronic stress, which is not a state our body is meant to maintain. Symptoms of cortisol dysregulation can include:

  • Sleep difficulties or lack of quality sleep
  • Hyper or hypoglycemia
  • Inflammation
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Digestive problems
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Mood changes and irritability
  • Postural blood pressure changes
  • Food cravings 
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Energy changes

Through reviewing your symptoms and lab values our practitioners strive to work with you to come up with an individualized treatment plan to return your body to a more stress-adaptive state. Please contact us to get started.