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When Stress Puts Your Adrenals Into Overdrive

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: When you are stressed, your adrenal gland immediately goes into overdrive. How can you keep this from happening?
Air Date: 2/12/14
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Jacob Tietlbaum, MD
Dr T Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is Director of the Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Practitioners Network and author of the best-selling book, From Fatigued to Fantastic! He is also the creator of the popular free iPhone & Android application "Cures A-Z."

He is the lead author of four studies on effective treatment for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and a study on effective treatment of autism using NAET.

Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News Channel, the Dr. Oz Show and Oprah & Friends. He lives in Kona, Hawaii.
When Stress Puts Your Adrenals Into Overdrive
You're adrenal gland, which sits on top of your kidneys, produces epinephrine (better known as adrenaline). This gland is under the control of the autonomic nervous system. When you are stressed, the first reaction comes from your adrenal gland which sends adrenaline shooting throughout your body.

Modern day stressors set off your adrenal gland all the time. When you're late for work, see a cop car, or are under an important deadline, your adrenaline is flowing and your stress levels increase.

While a little bit of stress can be good in certain circumstances, too much is extremely detrimental to your health and well being.

What are some ways you can keep modern day stressors out of your life?

For one, start eating dark chocolate. Yes, you read that right. Dark chocolate in small portions has been found to lower the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamine.

Another way to help reduce your stressors is to accept and tolerate your feelings.

If you're not one to openly communicate how you're feeling, guess what? All that built-up tension can cause an unnecessary amount of stress in your life.

Dr. Holly and Dr. Jacob Tietlbaum discuss why you have stressors, as well as some ways you can reduce the modern stressors in your life.