If you’re a longtime podcast listener, you’ve probably heard us mention the HPA-axis at least 100 times, if not in just about every episode. The hypothalamic, pituitary, adrenal feedback loop of your body’s stress response really is THAT important, hence Ali’s work in The Anti-Anxiety Diet. With many of us operating in fight or flight the majority of the time, it is more important than ever to understand how to dial in your HPA-axis and shift your body into rest and digest mode. Tune in to learn about the function of your HPA-axis as well as diet and lifestyle support for harnessing your body’s stress response!
In this episode, Ali and Becki unpack the hypothalamus and pituitary, two glands that may get overlooked with all the talk about the adrenals and cortisol in relation to stress. Go beyond the 101 level of understanding and learn exactly what these glands do, how they are connected and how you can best support optimal balance and harmony. Learn about the importance of limiting blue light, moving your body and curbing your caffeine intake to balance your stress response. Plus get food as medicine and supplement recommendations for supporting your HPA-axis (chocolate avocado maca pudding, anyone?!).
Also in this Episode:
- Why the HPA-axis Matters
- The Role of the Hypothalamus
- The Role of the Pituitary
- Pituitary Tumors and Abnormalities
- The Role of the Adrenal Glands
- Limiting Blue Light
- Strategies for Managing Stress During the Pandemic
- Supporting Your HPA-axis
- Study: Dietary sugars, not lipids, drive hypothalamic inflammation
- Food As Medicine Support
- Curbing Your Caffeine Intake
- The Role of Sleep
- Using Exercise to Support HPA-axis Balance
- Supplemental Support
Sponsors For This Episode:
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