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  • A day does not go by that I don’t get asked this question. ::: If your found a list of symptoms for low or high cortisol online or have taken a quiz like mine (free at betterbydrbrooke.com) you may have noticed you fall into both categories. How is that possible? 🤷‍♀️ ::: While most think of cortisol issues as you’re super stressed out and thus crazy high cortisol OR you’re burnt all out and have low cortisol. In reality though many, many women are not always on high or totally in what’s commonly called “adrenal fatigue. Instead they have a dyaregulated output of cortisol that’s high some times in the day and low at others. This creates this mixed picture of symptoms and a lot of confusion. ::: The problem then becomes what the heck do you do? Follow advice for high or low cortisol? If you’ve had testing done your can really work with natural therapies at the targeted times to restore a better balance. You can also use adaptogens like ashwaganda because they work to restore cortisol timing whether it’s high or low. As for other advice like how often to eat or how to exercise, my advice is to heed the low cortisol suggestions first as that’s the more delicate issue. Meaning you may need four meals a day (maybe even five) and a very low carb diet may be tough for you. Finally, strength train with big lifts and not too much metabolic work to keep muscle mass up but not overly stress yourself and walk :) There’s a reason @sarah_fragoso and I call walking the hormone happy maker. ::: More on all of this, how stress affects your female hormones and how to make health and wellness less stressful in our FREE three part webinar series next week! Get registered with the link above @betterbydrbrooke

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  • We’ve done you all a disservice in natural medicine as for years we’ve talked about stress causing you “adrenal fatigue”. This gives us the idea that that our adrenal glands are tired and can’t make enough hormones. Other than a rare autoimmune issue, this isn’t the case. What the unrelenting stress we put ourselves through does is impact our brain. Scary right? ::: What happens is the constant demand to be on, to get it all done, to exercise intensely, to skimp on nutrition, to neglect rest and recovery discorrdinates the signals from our brains to our adrenals. Literally we scramble the hormone cues from the brain to the adrenals to release this much cortisol at this specific time. And the more we don’t support our brain and the more we neglect the need to manage our stress the more messed up this timing and release gets. ::: While some argue that adrenal fatigue isn’t real, getting caught up in that argument doesn’t help us help women feel better. Cortisol dysregulation is a better name for this issue than adrenal fatigue but not as catchy right? How about hypothalamic adrenal axis dysregulation ? Accurate but clumsy to say huh? Whatever we call it, the real problem is that the laundry list of symptoms from poor digestion to brain fog to depression to weight gain to aches/pains/puffiness to PMS to fatigue that women reel from when they are under stress. ::: Who knows this lady: reliant on caffeine to get going but, tired all day but can’t get to sleep at night, PMS getting out of control, weight gain (possibly new around the middle), skin issues, bloating, hangry and b*tchy? Call it what we want, that’s real and that’s our hormones telling us they hate all this stress. ::: But this is not our fate ladies. Join @sarah_fragoso and myself for a FREE live webinar series on stress, hormones and how we can all do better! Link in profile to register @betterbydrbrooke

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  • 2018 got off to a pretty bumpy start for me on the personal front (will talk more about that in this weekend’s email, sign up on my homepage if you aren’t on my list) but the bumps reminded me of an important lesson – of course one I thought I’d already learned! ::: That lesson is that we can’t do it all alone. My default when things get rough is to pull myself up by my bootstraps (excuse me, is my Montana showing??) and do the work. I don’t consciously think “Oh I don’t need anyone” it’s just that growing up I had to handle a lot of stuff myself and it’s just become my MO still as a grown up. And it’s really no way to live. ::: I appreciate my strength and that I can get through a lot on my own but I’ve finally realized that we all need other people. And my best friend so sweetly reminds me often that “Um hey, you’re my friend and it’s actually a privilege when you come to me and I can help you.” She’s said this to me for years mind you, but recently it hit me harder than usual. That me shutting down, going it alone, keeping others out of my struggles can be a bit selfish. I so appreciated this reminder that it is truly a gift to get the opportunity to be there for people we care about. ::: I’ve seen this blossom in just a few short weeks in @sarah_fragoso and my online coaching group. We launched this little group in November with women that wanted to stay on after our recent Hangry B*tches group (the plan for our upcoming book!). In no time flat we’ve seen them come together to support each other on tough days, offer tips and strategies, be there for a quick vent session, be the kind loving presence we all need sometimes to just listen or give us a little inspiration even though in reality these women barely know each other. It’s amazing what happens when really awesome women come together huh? ::: If like me you need a community that nurtures you and brings out your best (like my bestie @speedyt_mke) join us! And it’s not just all about what you’ll get from these other incredible ladies but Sarah and I created an entire year of coaching & education on nutrition, exercise, hormones, mindset & more Begins Feb 1. Get registered link in profile @betterbydrbrooke

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  • Today it’s all the kale :) five large handfuls in there, little leftover chicken and eggs. Working on that one pound of veggies per day in @sarah_fragoso and my #7lbsin7days challenge. Thanks for everyone who’s playing along and tagging us! Keep it going! We love to see what you’re all doing to make it happen. And hey if you didn’t get started with us last week I see no reason not to join us today!

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