Episode 4: The Wahls Protocol Update and Understanding Stress

About this Episode

In this podcast, we highlight Dr. Wahls’s new book: Revised and Expanded The Wahls Protocol.  You will gain an understanding of ketosis and intermittent fasting.  We go into detail about stress and understanding chronic vs acute stress.  You will learn about Metabolic, Physical, Emotional, Mental stress and how use these stressors to your benefit.


Show Notes

Ketosis:  Ketosis is a metabolic state characterized by elevated levels of ketone bodies in the blood or urine. Physiologic ketosis is a normal response to low glucose availability, such as low-carbohydrate diets or fasting, that provides an additional energy source for the brain in the form of ketones.
Intermittent Fasting: Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.
Acute Stress: Acute stress is one of the least damaging types of stress.  We experience acute stress multiple times throughout the day. Acute stress is experienced as an immediate perceived threat, either physical, emotional or psychological.  The word acute means the symptoms develop quickly but do not usually last long.
Chronic Stress: Chronic stress is the response to emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period of time in which an individual perceives they have little or no control. It involves an endocrine system response in which corticosteroids are released.  A  constant stress experienced over a prolonged period of time, can contribute to long-term problems for heart and blood vessels. The consistent and ongoing increase in heart rate, and the elevated levels of stress hormones and of blood pressure, can take a toll on the body.
Cortisol: Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands which sit on top of each kidney. When released into the bloodstream, cortisol can act on many different parts of the body and can help: your body respond to stress or danger. increase your body’s metabolism of glucose.
Growth Hormone: Human growth hormone (hGH) is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pituitary gland. It’s important for growth, cell regeneration, and cell reproduction. HGH helps to maintain, build, and repair healthy tissue in the brain and other organs.
Autonomic Nervous System: The autonomic nervous system is the part of the nervous system that supplies the internal organs, including the blood vessels, stomach, intestine, liver, kidneys, bladder, genitals, lungs, pupils, heart, and sweat, salivary, and digestive glands. The autonomic nervous system has two main divisions: Sympathetic and Parasympathetic.
Parasympathetic  Nervous System: The parasympathetic nervous system is one of three divisions of the autonomic nervous system. Sometimes called the rest and digest system, the parasympathetic system conserves energy as it slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes sphincter muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.
Sympathetic Nervous System: The sympathetic nervous system directs the body’s rapid involuntary response to dangerous or stressful situations. A flash flood of hormones boosts the body’s alertness and heart rate, sending extra blood to the muscles.
Hypothalamus: The hypothalamus is responsible for the regulation of certain metabolic processes and other activities of the autonomic nervous system. While it’s very small, the hypothalamus plays a crucial role in many important functions, including: releasing hormones, controls body temperature, hunger, important aspects of parenting and attachment behaviors, thirst, fatigue, sleep, and circadian rhythms
Pituitary: The pituitary gland is a small pea-sized gland that plays a major role in regulating vital body functions and general wellbeing. It is referred to as the body’s ‘master gland’ because it controls the activity of most other hormone-secreting glands. Its main function is to secrete hormones into your bloodstream. These hormones can affect other organs and glands, especially your thyroid.



About Dr. Terry Wahls, MD

Dr. Terry Wahls is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. In 2018 she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care and patient advocacy. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years.

Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of the bestselling book The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles. She also authored The Wahls Protocol: Cooking for Life

Dr. Walhs conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She hosts a Wahls Protocol Seminar every summer where anyone can learn how to implement the Protocol with ease and success.

Find and Follow Dr. Wahls:

Instagram: @drterrywahls

Facebook: @TerryWahls

Twitter: @TerryWahls

Website: TerryWahls.com


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