Stress Hormones, Survival, Fasting, and Fat Loss with Dr. Carrie Jones [Podcast Episode #62]

By: Ben Brown

Your body is pretty smart…

and has evolved over millennia to survive harsh conditions through feast, famine, and disease.

We were built to procreate.

Despite the fact that we all want to look good naked, we can’t outsmart the bodies inherent drive to simply survive.

So much so, that when our brain perceives stress, the last thing it wants to do is burn body fat. Rather, it will redirect all necessary resources to ensure survival…

Be it lack of sleep, over exercise, under eating, finances, poor relationships, and any other actual, perceived, or anticipated stressors, all have the ability to significantly impact how our body functions.

On today’s show, I speak with Dr. Carrie Jones about how stressors impact our natural hormonal rhythms and why our present day lifestyles can set us up for hormonal sabotage, cause us to store body fat, decrease energy, and a plethora of other symptoms.

"Everyone vilifies cortisol, but actually cortisol helps your blood sugar, is anti-inflammatory to a point and it actually helps to trigger your own T cells that have been tagged as autoimmune to be killed. So if your cortisol rhythm is dysfunctional you can actually increase your risk for autoimmunity or you can increase the autoimmune symptoms you already have." - Dr. Carrie Jones

Dr. Carrie Jones is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones. She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), School of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed her 2-year residency in women’s health, hormones and endocrinology. Later she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program with a goal of doing more international education. She was adjunct faculty for many years teaching gynecology and advanced endocrinology/fertility and has been the Medical Director for 2 large integrative clinics in Portland. She is the Medical Director for Precision Analytical, Inc, creators of the DUTCH hormone test.

Additionally we talk about our personal experience with implementing a Fasting Mimicking Diet as we both coincidentally are on day 5 (the last day, thank goodness!!) at the time of this recording.

There’s a plethora of research based benefits from fasting, including:

  • Increase insulin sensitivity
  • Decreased insulin resistance
  • Decreased blood glucose
  • Increased visceral fat utilization (in longer term fasting)
  • Increased ketone production
  • decreased autoimmunity
  • Decreased inflammatory cytokines
  • Decreased blood lipids (more triglycerides mobilized for fuel)
  • Increased memory and learning
  • Increased Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF): basically better brain function through brain hippocampal mitochondria production

Despite all of these incredible benefits, In my opinion one of the biggest benefits of fasting is simply getting a better understanding of your body, how you feel, your hunger levels, how to manage hunger and why it’s just not necessary to eat as much and as frequently as we Americans tend to.

I hope you guys enjoy the show!

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