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HPA Axis Dysfunction

Sakra Natural Health

Stress in no new topic for us here at Sakura. But today I want to go a little further into the topic. 

Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is released in response to stress and low blood-glucose concentration. Cortisol is the bodies natural way of normalizing the blood sugar and preventing inflammation. 

When we stress we disturb the delicate balance of our hormones. This can lead to the following three stages

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1. Alarmed: Stressed and Wired

Hyper-Cortisol is stage 1, this is when your cortisol levels are elevated continually. Stage one can be determined by elevated cortisol, insomnia, restlessness, high stress reaction, and anxiety.

2. Resistance: Stressed and Tired

Cortisol Dominant is stage two. This is when you have irregular cortisol rhythms. Other factors include: blood sugar imbalances, mood issues, sleep cycle problems, hormonal irregularities, and frequent energy crashes. 

3. Exhaustion: Down and Out

Hypo-Cortisol is the opposite of stage one. Cortisol levels are abnormally low, fatigue and depression start to settle in. Pain and severe inflammation are also some factors. 

Stress Factors

Stress is relevant to each individual. Yet most of our stress can be broken down into this four groups. 

  • mental/ emotional
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Inflammation 
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Taking back glycemic control is the foundation of HPA Axis Recovery. This means that the foods that you eat determine how your body responds. 



The above information was presented by LifeStyle Matrix Resource Center


Intestinal Permeability

Sakra Natural Health

Our Intestines are a very important part of our digestive system. They are often referred to as our GI (gastrointestinal) tract. During digesting enzymes secreted from the pancreas more the food from the stomach to the GI tract. 

Here the food broken into micronutrients and macronutrients to be absorbed. The GI tract is made up of something called the GI barrier. This barrier is a selective gate the controls what is absorbed and what is not aloud. 


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What cannot pass?

The things that the Gi barrier doesn't allow to be absorbed are

  • undigested food
  • toxins
  • pathogens

Our gut is continuously working to defend itself from being exposed to food, microbes, and chemicals. If allowed entry into the bloodstream these substance can cause a cycle of inflammation. The constant exposure to foreign substance can cause the walls of our gut to become vulnerable. This can lead to many different problems, one which is referred to as leaky guy syndrome. 

What Can We Do?

As always there is something we can do to help protect our gut and keep it in healthy shape. 

  • Identify and eliminate negative food reactions.

This can be done by taking a food intolerance evaluation provided by most Naturopathic Physicians. Common negative foods are gluten, dairy, and soy. 

  • Increase whole, unprocessed food

By increasing fruit and vegetables and decreasing sugar we can limit our processed food. Increasing foods that are naturally high in fiber also helps to have a healthy gut.

  • Limit exposer to antibiotics

By increasing probiotics your body can help naturally fight off infections needing less antibiotics. Fermented foods naturally have an increase of healthy probiotics

  • Reduce stress levels

Being able to balance mental and emotional stressors helps our body maintain health over all, the guy is no exception. Improving sleep helps the body to restore energy allowing for the GI tract to function better. 

What Can I take?

Three supplement we recommend to take are. 

1. L-Glutamine

This helps to enhance the repair of the mucosal lining. 

2. Probiotics. 

Helps to maintain a healthy and balanced digestive tract, by preventing "bad" bacteria from overgrowing. 

3. Digestive Enzyms

Helps to improve digestion by breaking down nutrients that can be absorbed. 

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The above information was presented by LifeStyle Matrix Resource Center.



Digestion and Absorption

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Digestion is when the body breaks down food to absorb the nutrients. These nutrients affect the entire body. The balance is delicate between the relation of the GI tract and the rest of the body. When digestion is hindered it can impact your health over all. 

How does it work?

Digesting begins when you smell or see food. Your mouth begins to water, this is called saliva. When you chew, along with the saliva, you being to break down carbohydrates and enzymes. The saliva causes your stomach to release juice preparing its self for the next step. 


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In the stomach, the acid that was released begins to breakdown the proteins. This frees vitamins and minerals that are absorbed into the body. The broken down food is moved into the small intestine where enzymes scripted by the pancreas help break down fat and carbohydrates. The GI tract is able to break down complex food sources into macro and micronutrients that nourish the body. 

The large instant finished the job by absorbing various nutrients and what ever water is left. Finally the body extorts the unusable portions along with toxins.

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Here are a few things that can slow down the digestive system.

  • low fiber intake
  • food borne ilness
  • changes in microbiota
  • poor dietary choices
  • decrease in pancreatic enzyme

What can I do?

As always there are some lifestyle changes we can make to help our digestive system. 

1. Prepare and cook our own food

By buying local, organic produce we reduce the risk of toxin exposure. Increasing fruits and vegetable consumptions allows for more nutrients to be absorbed. Monitoring portion sizes is easier when you are serving yourself. 

2. Reduce stress levels

Keeping your stress levels low helps with adequate sleep, mental and emotional stressors, and helps control inflammation. 



There-Biotic Complete 

This probiotic is high-potency, and hypoallergenic. Remember to keep any probiotics refrigerated. 

You can order some here



The above information was presented by LifeStyle Matrix Resource Center.

Recharging Immune Health

Sakra Natural Health

We all require energy to get our everyday task done. Energy, in the simplest of terms, is the strength required to accomplish something.

Well our body is no different. 

Our body requires energy to do its everyday task like helping us to digest, replacing cells, and even helping us to detoxify. In order to do all of these things and more our body produces its energy at a cellular level, in something called the mitochondria. 

Mitochondria's are the "power house" of the cell, they generates over 90% of the bodies energy. The immune system, brain, liver, and cardiovascular system receive the majority it. This structure also produces free radicals. "Free radicals cause oxidative damage, which hinders the function of our cells and contributes to inflammation and aging". 

Normally when the mitochondria is no longer doing its job, the body removes it to protect from damaging the cell. However certain factors can cause the removal process to malfunction.

These factors are:

  • aging
  • excess sugar
  • nutrient deficiencies
  • toxins
  • physical inactivity 
  • stress

When the mitochondria is no long function and the systems relying on the energy began to decline, eventually this dysfunction leads to noticeable symptoms and chronic dis-ease. 


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Mitochondria dysfunction has also been associated with, 

  • Migraines
  • metabolic syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • cardiovascular disease
  • alzheimer's 
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • allergies
  • autoimmune disorders
  • frequent infections

What can we do ?

To better take care of your body there are some life style recommendations that every person should incorporate. 

1. Diet: Your diet determine the amount of vitamins and minerals available to combat the free radicals the mitochondria releases. Eating a well balanced diet allows your supply of vitamins to increase. "Eating 5-7 serving of brightly colored fruits and vegetables per day."

2. Exercise: Doing physical activity for 30min to 45mins each day has shown to increase the production of the mitochondria allowing for additional energy. 

3. Sleep: Restful sleep allows the body to recover and heal itself. Its recommended to sleep at least 7 to 9 hours each night, with limiting electronics before bed. 

4. Avoid Excess Sugar: Excess sugar increases oxidative stress which leads to damage in the mitochondria. Restrict added sugar as much as possible. 

5. Take Supplements: The following are supplements that are recommended to help with mitochondrial damage. To order, visit our dispensary. 


All information presented was taken from Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center.

As Easy as A . . .

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Having better health can be as easy as A, that is Avena sativa L. 

For those of us who aren't fluent in botanical names maybe oats will ring a bell. This simple plant has the potential to change our health, which I find incredible. 

Avena originates from the Middle East. From there it traveled to Europe and you can imagine how it made its way to the United States. 

Whole oats

Whole oats contain many beneficial minerals including silica, iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, zinc and , vitamin B.  They also contain beta-glucans. This is a sugar that is found on the cell walls of plants such as oats and barley. Due to this sugar oats can be used to lower cholesterol naturally. Not only that but Avena contains enough vitamin B to help lower stress levels. Overall whole oats help to stimulate our immune system causing us to be able to fight disease. 

Whole oats can be found at most grocery stores. Be aware of prepackaged oats, which contain artificial sugars and additives. For best results try organic whole oats.


Oatstraw is the top of the oat plant. According to Dr Oz  "oatstraw has been used to support brain health since the Middle Ages, and its proponents say it can reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce anxiety, increase energy, and possibly even sexual performance."  The dried white tops of the oatstraw is used to make tea and tinctures. 

You can buy avena here .

Oatmeal Extract

The oatmeal extract is the liquid from cooking oats. This mirky water is beneficial for soothing skin form sunburns. For skin conditions such as eczema and psoriases avena can help to heal the damage. 

You can make your own or look for products that contain oatmeal extract in them, like this one here.

Over all consuming avena helps to better your health. Whether consumed as whole, extract or oatstraw, the benefits will be received. Here are some fun recipes to try to increase your oat intake.