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Does stress affect your gut? What about your hormones? And what even is cortisol anyways? In this episode, Dr. Sarah takes a deep dive into the difference between an acute and chronic stress response. Cortisol, which is a hormone involved in the chronic stress response, has a wide range of actions from blood sugar support, to inflammation modulation, to energy provision. That is why when you are ‘stressed out’ in the long term you can experience what we call the ‘itty bitty sh**ty committee’ of symptoms, also discussed in today’s episode.

It can feel overwhelming to start to tackle your stress response but it doesn’t have to be! There are many hidden sources of stress that can easily be reduced. Dr. Sarah  covers what those hidden stressors are and how to get them under control so that you can better manage the stressors you can’t change.

Support Options discussed:

  • Anxiety/ high cortisol: zizyphus spinosa, passion flower, relora, valerian, phosphatidylserine
  • Tired, burn out: maca, panax ginseng, eleutherococcus senticosus, royal jelly, licorice (glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • Tired and wired: ashwagandha, eleutherococcus senticosus, maca, shatavari

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About our Authors

Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND

Dr. Sarah is a Naturopathic Doctor, author, speaker and research nerd. Her true passion is complex women’s health issues and the connection between hormones and inflammation.

Heidi Hadley CCSE ESMT

Heidi Hadley is a Certified Clinical Somatic Educator and Somatic Movement Teacher. Heidi has worked as a Natural Health Practitioner since 2001 and owns a thriving Movement & Wellbeing Centre in Adelaide, South Australia. She is also the founder of, an online Somatic Movement program designed to reduce pain, increase mobility, improve posture & develop mindfulness.