Re-Establish Your Stress Response
Stress + Cortisol + You
10 Week Program
October 1 – December 14, 2021
There’s no mistaking that these times have been incredibly challenging for so many on our planet. The compounded stress of the collective is palpable. People have lost friendships, jobs and even loved ones. Fear, grief and anxiety seem contagious and stress seems addictive.
The challenges placed on our nervous systems are relentless.
- The constant bombardment of stressful deadlines and headlines.
- The replay of stressful events from yesterday, last year, childhood, etc.
- The anticipation of stress to come.
We seem to be living in a constant state of survival mode, on autopilot, controlled by stress.
This program is designed for those experiencing:
→ Inconsistent energy levels
→ Symptoms of anxiety and depression
→ Digestive issues
→ Pain or Inflammation
→ Inability to relax
→ Lack of motivation
→ Avoidant of exercise
→ Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
→ Still tired when you wake up
Your Body on Stress
Your body responds to stress with a beautiful chain of events within the HPA Axis (Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis). Your brain sends signals to your adrenals to release cortisol and adrenaline to modulate your body which enables you to respond powerfully to danger. There is a feedback loop that tells your brain that the danger is over and you can return to rest.
If you are in a constant state of stress (even perceived stress or anticipated stress) for a considerable amount of time, that feedback loop gets broken and the brain’s stress signal gets set to “Always On”. Cortisol is in constant flow and there’s no one telling the body to turn off the faucet. We call this HPA Axis Dysfunction. (Often mistakenly referred to as Adrenal Fatigue).
The major causes of HPA Axis Dysfunction:
- Emotional Stress (ie. grief, fear)
- Chronic pain or hidden inflammation (ie. gut infection)
- Dietary/Nutritional Stress (ie. skipping meals, yo yo dieting, excessive caffeine use, etc)
- Poor sleep hygiene
These stressors on the system increase cortisol levels and if not managed begin to damage the HPA Axis. Over time this constant flow of cortisol becomes debilitating and breaks down your other body systems causing numerous kinds of illness and health related conditions, including hormone imbalance, poor digestion, sleep issues, chronic fatigue, autoimmune conditions, etc. Eventually, high cortisol leads to low cortisol. Trust me, from experience, this is a very poor place to be.
The treatment and practices in this course put you on the path to:
✓ Less dependent on coffee to get through the day
✓ Decreased anxiety
✓ Improved overall mood
✓ Improved Digestion
✓ Menstrual cycle improvement
✓ Improved fertility
✓ Increased motivation
✓ Pain reduction and decreased inflammation
✓ Improved sleep
✓ Increased energy
How does it work?
Our goal is to concomitantly address the stress response in your physical body while resetting your patterns and your life around stress. This means taking a long, hard look at your life. Not just looking for where you can reduce stress but look deeply at how you are relating to stress. Stress is an inevitable part of life, yet it’s the way we think and feel about stress that really makes a difference.
When you regulate your stress response on the physical level, you create a window of opportunity where you can change your whole life. Together we will investigate the underlying cause(s) and develop a 6 month plan to address your relationship to stress, work, productivity, boundaries, food, etc. With lifestyle changes that promote a calm nervous system, and dietary and supplement protocols to re-establish balance, as well as one-on-one and group support, your capacity to handle the collective and personal stressors of life will grow with more grace and ease.
Through addressing the physical, emotional and mental aspects of your stress response, you can achieve lasting overall health benefits such as more consistent energy throughout the day, improved sleep, emotional stability, regulated hormones, improved digestion and absorption of nutrients, etc. Repairing your body’s cortisol rhythm restores vitality and increases overall wellbeing and presence.
This course provides an introduction into how Functional Medicine can bring more comprehensive care into your everyday life. This program is not a quick fix, it requires a commitment to yourself and to your life. Your individualized supplement protocol will work most effectively if you follow it with consistently. The lifestyle recommendations are an on-going commitment and great importance is placed on adjusting your current relationship to stress. Depending on the severity of your lab results, it may take up to a year on supplements to correct an imbalance. Furthermore, depending on your results, you may require further testing.
Most people facing HPA Axis Dysfunction require an individualized supplement protocol, and adhering to this plan is critical to recovery. Depending on the severity of your lab results.
✓ 10 Week Functional Medicine Cortisol Reset Program w/ Individual & Group Components
✓ Intake Appointment + 2 Lab Test Review Appointments (2 lab tests not included in cost)
✓ Individualized Supplement Protocol for 6 Months (based on Lab Results)
✓ 4 x 30-min Personal Follow-up Phone Appointments
✓ 6 Live Zoom Calls (recorded for those who cannot attend live)
✓ 15% Discount on supplements
Lab Testing – I will order you the lab kit for you to perform at home and mail back to the lab.
You will have the option between 2 lab tests:
Option 1: Adrenocortex profile | Genova: $140 (discounted wholesale cost) – tests 2 main adrenal hormones: Cortisol & DHEA
Option 2: Dutch Plus: $348 (discounted wholesale cost) – tests 2 main adrenal hormones as well as progesterone, estrogen, testosterone
You will receive a 15% discount on all supplements
When: October 1st to December 14th, 2021 (including a lab re-test and review in April 2020)
Recorded Group Zoom Calls: Every other Tuesday 5:30-6:30 pm MDT.
- October 5 (Intro Call – 1.5 hours)
- October 19
- November 2
- November 16
- November 30
- December 14 (Final Call – 1.5 hours)
- Week of October 11-15 | Functional Medicine Cortisol Focused Intake (1 hour)
- Week of October 18-22nd -| Lab Review Appointment (45 mins)
- Weeks of: October 25, November 8, November 22, December 6 | 4 x 30-min Follow-up Appointments
- April 2022 | 2nd Lab Review Appointment (45 mins)
Payment in Full | $1525*
$575 / 3 months = $1725
$300 / 6 months = $1800
*$200 off if you bring a friend!