STRESS MEDICINE

STRESS HORMONES

Each stress reaction triggers a hormonal response in the body. Adrenaline, which is responsible for activating fight or flight reaction in your body, skyrockets under acute stress.

In chronic stress, the situation looks slightly different. The primary hormone here is cortisol and, depending on the length and intensity of the stressful situation, its levels can be either too high or too low. When both cortisol and adrenaline levels are too low, it can be a sign of adrenal fatigue.

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Other important hormones and neurotransmitters associated with a stress reaction: DHEA (youth hormone), dopamine (motivation hormone), serotonin (happiness hormone), glutamate and GABA (serenity hormone) and melatonin (sleep hormone).

In my practice, I use diagnostic tests of the aforementioned hormones. They are easy to conduct from urine and saliva. The analysis of the hormone levels allows me to choose the most effective treatment. In case of deficiency, the patient should take amino acids which take part in the hormones synthesis and nutrients (e.g.: Vit B6, magnesium or co-enzyme Q10) which are also called co-factors as without them the synthesis of hormones would not be possible.