The focus today (and every single day?!) — all things stressful.

I cannot even tell you how important this topic is. In fact, I want to do about 37 more episodes dedicated to stress.

The reason? I truly believe, with all my heart, that healing for good, forever, comes down to stress.

If you don’t believe me now, you might after listening to Dr. Marcus break stress down into three areas. And once you hear them, get real honest with yourself.

Where are you at today?

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Stressful {Episode 18 with Dr. Marcus Cirelli}

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Stressful {Episode 18 with Dr. Marcus Cirelli} gut health podcasts #wellnesspodcast #healthpodcast #stress

And by the way, because this week’s topic is one so near and dear to my heart, there is a ton more information at the bottom of this post.

Resources Mentioned

  1. Total Body Health Functional Medicine (Dr. Cirelli’s website)
  2. Dr. Marcus Cirelli on Instagram
  3. Is Stress Causing My Digestive Distress
  4. Stomach acid
  5. Acid Reflux
  6. The Importance of Shifting from Stress to Happiness
  7. The Elimination Diet
  8. Chronic Illness Root Cause Analysis is King

Don’t Miss These Thoughts

  1. Dr. Cirelli’s story; why he chose to go the route he did
  2. Stress definition, detailed
  3. 3 main forms of stress; emotional, dietary, and “hidden”
  4. What actually happens when we’re stressed; the physiology
  5. Branches of the nervous system
  6. What does cortisol do to the digestive tract?
  7. Testing
  8. What causes low (vs. high) cortisol levels?
  9. Stomach acid
  10. Why H. Pylori is on the rise
  11. What to do about stress!
  12. Dr. Cirelli’s top 3 convictions around gut health and gut healing
Stressful {Episode 18 with Dr. Marcus Cirelli} gut health podcasts #wellnesspodcast #healthpodcast #stressful

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1. Welcome to A Gutsy Girl Podcast
2. Hang out on Instagram
3. BFF’s on YouTube
4. Free resource: The Master Gutsy Spreadsheet
5. Rated-G Email Club

About Dr. Marcus Cirelli

Dr. Marcus Cirelli graduated from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has extensive postdoctoral training and education in Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition through Functional Medicine University.

Dr. Cirelli has completed a functional diagnostic medicine training program through Southern California University of Health Sciences and is a Certified Gluten Expert.

He currently serves as a board of director member for a children nutrition company.

Having health issues of his own, Dr. Cirelli was able to help heal himself through the use of Functional Medicine. Suffering from brain fog, leaky gut, and adrenal fatigue, Dr. Cirelli used dietary change, supplementation, and lifestyle modifications to help overcome his health challenges.

Dr. Cirelli founded Total Body Health to help others overcome their personal health issues and to restore normal function back to the body. By using a functional medicine approach, Dr. Cirelli is able to get to the root cause of the underlying sources and contributing factors of each individual’s complaint. 

Dr. Cirelli sees patients both locally in Cleveland, Ohio and via webcam consultations for people around the world.

Low (vs. high) Cortisol Levels

During the episode, I asked a question to Dr. Marcus around low vs. high cortisol levels.

It’s far more common to talk about high cortisol than low cortisol.

But on my journey, I was constantly stressed. However, when I took the “adrenal fatigue” test, I always had super low (aka flat-lined) cortisol levels.

It never made sense to me.

But Dr. Marcus explained it perfectly, and I want to share more information.

Normal Cortisol Level Chart

When it comes to cortisol levels, what is “normal?”

Integrative Therapeutics has a lot of great information on the topic. Their “normal” cortisol levels chart is succinct and accurate.

Normal Cortisol Levels via Integrative Therapeutics #cortisol

(image via Integrative Therapeutics HERE.)

To be clear, my levels never looked that way. They basically started at the bottom, and instead of raising then falling, just kept stagnant at the bottom.

And that, my friends, is what we call, “HPA Axis Dysfunction.” Believe me. You do not want to get to that point.

Recall that Dr. Marcus said the reason I got there was because I spent years in a chronic stress state.

I do not want that for you.

Here is something you can do about it today.

Return to the podcast episode where Dr. Marcus and I discuss the three buckets of stress. Now, create your own list of things which fall under each category.

Stressful Where is My Stress Coming from Checklist Worksheet #stress #stressful

I’ve made it easy for you with this graphic that you can save then download.

Better yet, print the graphic HERE, then add it to the binder where you keep your gut healing e-journal. If you don’t have it yet, grab your copy now.

Cortisol Manager

If you’re looking for a supplement to help manage cortisol, one to consider is the Cortisol Manager from Integrative Therapeutics. I highly respect the company and believe they have top-notch products.

Integrative Therapeutics’ Cortisol Manager 30 is an effective and powerful supplement that combines an array of stress-reducing ingredients and cortisol-lowering botanicals in order to decrease your stress levels and promote rest in those with occasional sleeplessness.

If you’re interested in learning more about this product and saving 10% on it, you can grab it through my online dispensary through Fullscript HERE.

Wrap Up

Time to wrap this up. As always, a huge goal for this show is to connect with even more people. Feel free to send an email to our team at We want to hear questions, comments, show ideas, etc.

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