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Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

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We will start this basic discussion with the hormone cortisol. Cortisol, produced from cholesterol in the adrenal glands, is a member of the family of steroid hormones and is widely known as the "stress hormone". When your body experiences a stressor, your adrenal glands secrete cortisol into your bloodstream. A rise in your cortisol level acts to give you a quick burst of energy, to heighten your memory functions, to increase your immunity, and to lower your sensitivity to pain. This is an effective system, as long as this rise in cortisol level is "turned off" relatively quickly and you don't need to use this "flight or fight" response too often.

Unfortunately, in today's hectic world, our cortisol levels can frequently be elevated with the job of dealing with day-to-day stress. For some of us, our cortisol gets "stuck on high", and for many of us, our adrenal glands can become exhausted from overproduction.

If it isn't tough enough on the body that its stress-handling glands are overworked, cortisol happens to play an essential role in many vital bodily functions -- regenerative processes, protein synthesis, inflammatory mediation, blood sugar regulation, mood, cognition, memory, and more. Fortunately or unfortunately, the body prioritizes its cortisol use for handling day-to-day challenges, tensions, and pressures -- almost always at the expense of other core bodily functions. This means that for many of us, cortisol is shunted away from its critical role in regenerating the colonic mucosa, rebuilding bones, keeping blood sugar stable, regulating the sleep cycle, and other processes vital to long-term health.

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In other words, if your cortisol levels remain too high over extended periods, you cannot fully heal, so if you are not already struggling with your health, you are likely to be soon. For a short time, high cortisol is functional. However, sustained high cortisol essentially tears your body down, weakening muscle and bone, slowing down normal cell regeneration, co-opting biochemicals needed to make other vital hormones, impairing digestion, metabolism, and cognitive function, interfering with healthy endocrine function, and weakening your immune system.

Because of the importance of keeping the hormone cortisol in a persistent optimal range, it is crucial to good health to monitor your cortisol levels seasonally and, if needed, to support the adrenal glands via lifestyle changes, herbs, and/or supplements.

I recommend the quality products below for adrenal support. Please also read my #1 Health Tip, which speaks fundamentally to long-term adrenal health!

By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC
I-ACT-Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Certified Nutritional Consultant


The most effective and inexpensive way to monitor your cortisol levels seasonally is via a multi-sample saliva test. Called Adrenal Stress Index (ASI), this type of saliva test is offered by our lab partner Diagnos-Techs, Inc..

The Adrenal Stress Index (ASI) consists of 4 saliva samples which are submitted for the following 10 tests:

4 x Cortisol
Helps evaluate stress response
2 x Insulin
Helps investigate blood sugar control
Helps determine stress adaptation
Secretory IgA
Helps evaluate toll on immunity, including gut permeability
17-OH Progesterone
Helps determine adrenal reserve
Gluten Antibodies
Helps identify grain intolerance


Herbal Tonic to Boost Immune System and Regulate Cortisol OHN REAL Herbal Tonic - 240 ml

The herbs in this Optimal Health Network tonic -- rehmannia, echinacea, ashwagandha and licorice root -- work together to boost the immune system, regulate cortisol levels, and overall contribute to optimal health.

Ortho Adren-All 120 count Ortho Adren-All - 120 capsules

Ortho Adren-All is an effective supplement for reducing stress and fatigue. It restores balance and well-being for the adrenal glands.

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Ortho Adren-All 60 count Ortho Adren-All - 60 capsules

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AdreneVive Stress Resilience Ortho AdreneVive - 60 capsules

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Additional Support:

#1 Health Tip

Adrenal Health: Personal Consultations with Kristina Amelong

If you have specific questions or concerns about your adrenal health, I would be happy to assist via a scheduled phone consultation. I charge $1.80 per minute. First complete any relevant sections on my secure online intake form. Upon submitting the form, you will be prompted to set a consultation time with me via my online booking system. Please note that appointment times are USA Central Time.