Stress Management


The stress-response-system start at the brain.  The key components of the ‘stress system’ are the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). When the hypothalamus is triggered by a stressor, it elicits some reaction at the brain, involving some releasing-hormones that will drives the production of cortisol from the adrenal gland (glands located above kidneys). Under normal conditions these systems are in balance. Imbalances with these system will cause HPA dysfunction in perceiving the stress triggers, and then will cause imbalances in adrenal hormones (cortisol, pregnenolone, DHEA) production by adrenal gland.

 Stress can be define as:

  • The necessary changes in adapting to a stressor.
  • The dysfunctions associated with failing to adapt to stressors.

Everyone, at some points, will experience events that challenge their stress-response system, which will affecting their health.

Read more:  10 Signs of Impaired Stress-Response System



It is basically an imbalance in adrenal hormones (cortisol, pregnenolone, DHEA) production by adrenal gland, causes by dysfunction in HPA stress-response system. At early stage, usually the cortisol will increase, and if this condition persist it will lead to adrenal fatigue where the cortisol level is low.    


  • You think you're healthy, but don't feel vibrant...
  • You have unexplained fatigue & struggle to find the energy to get through the day... 
  • You are easily overwhelmed by everyday tasks that once a breeze.
  • You have difficulties to concentrate on important tasks.  
  • You are easily irritated by family members & co-workers
  • You have stubborn weight gain, bloating or constipation.
  • Puffy eyes? Headaches? 
  • You have aches & pains that linger longer than they once did.
  • You are catching more colds than before.
  • Your libido is not what it was once... 

These types of ailments affect many of us in our daily lives. They’re not serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor but they still tend to drag you down, wearing away your resistance and leaving you feeling like you’re just getting old. 

If you identify with some of these statements, your body is sending signals that life’s stresses are overwhelming its ability to keep up. And it is time to take a closer look on your body ability in adapting to stress. It is time to regain control of your own life.


  1. Mental & emotional. 
    • Anger, worry, fear, grief
    • Job stress
    • Financial pressure
    • Traumatic memories
    • Relationship issues.
  2. Sleep problems.
    • Sleep deprivation
    • Sleep apnea
    • Disturbed sleep patterns
    • Insomnia
    • Shift work/Irregularity.
  3. Blood sugar dysregulation.
    • Skipping meals
    • High-glycemic meals
    • Alcohol consumption
    • Calorie-depleting diet.
  4. Inflammation.
    • Tissue damage/surgery
    • Allergies (food, inhaled, skin)
    • Digestive problems (IBD, Celiac)
    • Arthritis
    • Obesity/Central adiposity
    • Toxic burden.
  5. Extreme temperature.
  6. Excessive exercise.
  7. Extreme noise.
  8. Caffeine or drug abuse



It is not “magic bullet” solutions but tools to help :

  • Having a simple & practical understanding about stress-response system and its effects on health.
  • Using health questionnaires as guidelines to assess your perspective about your health condition & stress, to help discover potential roots of the problems then to be followed up on with physical examination and/or laboratory tests. 
  • Identify the current ability of your body in adapting to stress.
  • Identify your personal stress-triggers.
  • Managing your perception of stressors, to help your body begin the process of responding to stress appropriately.
  • Managing your stress based on your personal stress-triggers. 

    Each person is unique and have a different life story. Management strategies is to fit closely with individual needs. While most people will share similar needs (blood sugar control, relaxation), they will also have specific needs (sleep aids, adaptogens, specific disorder management, etc.). Often the first set of management will need to be adjusted until an appropriate combination fits.  Likewise, after a season of adjustments and improvements, a new management strategy might be used to maintain the improved health status.

"Life is stressful, yet how we perceive & respond to stressors in our lives can make a difference."