Stress doesn’t just affect hormones and metabolism; sustained stress also effects electrolyte balance. And it happens on purpose! As I often say during SAFM courses, the body is not a “dumb bucket”. The human body is constantly and intelligently orchestrating a systemic response to help us to thrive in the environment in which we are asking it to live.
Hormones are messengers. The HPATG axis coordinates the body’s response to our environment. Cortisol and aldosterone are both triggered releases from the adrenals (in response to the brain’s ACTH), so their sustained dynamics go hand-in-hand. The kidney-adrenal partnership finely controls our electrolyte balance and downstream dynamics such as blood pressure, interstitial pH, stomach acid production and much more. A great example that downstream symptoms are not “random” anomalies but rather logical, expected downstream reactions to our upstream environment/lifestyle/genetics/beliefs that you can learn to interpret with confidence and keen wisdom. At SAFM, we call this “puzzle piecing”. Check out today’s clinical tip, a great one to teach your patients to increase their inspiration and empowerment in response to common symptoms. You (and they!) can come to an aha moment when you realize the root cause behind a common craving during times of sustained stress.
Myth-busting and Truth-simplifying are things we do every day here are SAFM. Want to learn what savvy practitioners know and use with confidence? Join us for our next SAFM Core 101 Semester. You get the opportunity to customize your Semester experience and just might choose Adrenal & Thyroid Myths and Truths as a Deep Dive Clinical Course. Here’s a page from this rich course that summarizes even more interconnectedness in our coordinated stress response.
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