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Why Cortisol or Stress Never Turns Off

By Dr. Eric Berg DC
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Why Cortisol or Stress Never Turns Off

The first thing you need to know is that cortisol it is made from the outside of the adrenal gland.

You have two adrenals on top of your kidneys. The inside of the gland is all nerve tissue that make neurotransmitters or hormone like substances that are hormone-like because they travel communication-wise through the nervous system while the hormone travels through the blood.

Adrenal makes cortisol which is a stress hormone that people have a problem turning off - that’s because the adrenal only has an "on" switch.

Cortisol is a hormone that reacts to stress and damps the body to stress states.

If you are being chased by a tiger, for example, the heart rate will go up, you will have blood go into your muscles, you become very awake brain, you will have higher blood pressure and more adrenaline.

You also won’t have much of digestion or reproduction – it will turn those things off.

When one experiences stress over their life they think it just goes away, but it doesn’t it just accumulates because adrenal only has an on switch.

Nearly 100% of the time, if you take auto-immune cases like rheumatoid and MS, it always happens after a stress event like divorce or a loss which is a severe stress even more than a physical stress and a person can be stuck on it for years.

If you can’t tolerate stress and things get to you easily then you know your adrenal glands are on edge. Now there’s a term for this which is called fight or flight mode which can be measured.

You can see how much your adnrenals are in, if it’s normal or stuck in the fight or flight. Fight or flight is a stress state that you are actively fighting or fleeing.

Stress can be:

  • Change of Hormones

  • Mental

  • Menopause

  • Physical

You might have this hormone that is too high because of the old stress that you don’t see - it won’t show up in a blood test.

I use a test called harbor availability that measures that automatic nervous system in the adrenal.

When I check people, I look at two things, how much stress they have in their body and how much health or recovery reserve do they have.

If you lose your recovery, then a little stress will affect you badly but if you have good recovery then your stress doesn’t bother you as much because you have this buffer to fall back on.

What to Do to Turn Stress Off

You have to manually turn the adrenals off with acupressure techniques without needles that will work on the other parts called sympathetic nervous system.

There are other parts of the nervous system that controls the off switch that is called parasympathetic which controls rest and digestion.

You can create a great relaxation affect that will help this part of the nervous system. You can increase the flow of this electrical wire that is connected to the brain that would otherwise would not turn off.


Learn about stress and see more Adrenal advice from Dr. Berg Video Blog.

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