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stress and hormone advanced course
FDN Clinical Correlation

Stress and Hormones

The Ultimate Guide to Stress and Hormones

 The most cutting edge and comprehensive course on HPA Axis, Hormone function and the DUTCH test.

The Most Comprehensive Stress & Hormone Optimization Course Online

There is a growing realization among practitioners today that clients with chronic health issues often suffer from stress-related disorders. 

The HPA axis (hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal) controls the production of hormones which affect all major systems in our bodies, including cardiovascular activity and immune function; for this reason particularly assessing imbalances within it can be essential when working on restoring your physical well being by correcting any hormonal deficiencies found through functional lab testing or supplementation if necessary. 

There are numerous possibilities as to why cortisol levels may become elevated such as low DHEA hormone production due primarily from age factors while others have had more affects caused by a stress filled lifestyle.

Knowing why the body is adapting to stress in a particular way and which dietary and lifestyle interventions and nutritional supplements can be used to improve each scenario, is knowledge that provides you, as the practitioner, with insight that increases your ability to assist your clients in reaching their health goals.

The Most Comprehensive Stress & Hormone Optimization Course Online

There is a growing realization among practitioners today that clients with chronic health issues often suffer from stress-related disorders. 

The HPA axis (hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal) controls the production of hormones which affect all major systems in our bodies, including cardiovascular activity and immune function; for this reason particularly assessing imbalances within it can be essential when working on restoring your physical well being by correcting any hormonal deficiencies found through functional lab testing or supplementation if necessary. 

There are numerous possibilities as to why cortisol levels may become elevated such as low DHEA hormone production due primarily from age factors while others have had more affects caused by a stress filled lifestyle.

Knowing why the body is adapting to stress in a particular way and which dietary and lifestyle interventions and nutritional supplements can be used to improve each scenario, is knowledge that provides you, as the practitioner, with insight that increases your ability to assist your clients in reaching their health goals.

Course Overview

The Stress and Hormones module gives you the edge with your clients by providing you with the latest information on how to evaluate HPA Axis function and reproductive hormone metabolite levels, including why it’s so important to test the Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) when using salivary tests and how to interpret all the adrenal and hormone biomarkers found on the popular DUTCH Complete urinary test from Precision Analytical.

Just a few things you’ll learn in this Advanced Stress and Hormones Course

HPA AXIS

HORMONE METABOLITES

What's Included....

What's Included....

On demand videos

4 hours on-demand video

Mitochondria quiz

Quiz at the end of each lesson

Mitochondria reference guide

Practitioner Reference Guide

Bonus mitochondria handouts

Final exam at the end of the course

CEU points for mitochondria course

14 PDC

(like CEUs)

This course is open to the public and you do NOT have to be a graduate of the FDN Program in order to learn more about Stress and Hormones.

LESSON-By-LESSON:

Explore the course!

  • Lesson 1 | HPA Axis Introduction

    Foundations of the endocrine system, hormones & HPA Axis that you will need as a foundation before going deeper in Stress & Hormones.

  • Lesson 2 | Diving Deeper

    We do deeper - more advanced and more detailed information on HPA Axis and its impacts and stage models used to describe the dysfunction.

  • Lesson 3 | When Things Go Wrong

    What happens when things go wrong. The adrenals are important in times of stress, but are typically pushed beyond their capacity. Once they are stretched beyond what they’re able to accomplish, this can lead to HPA Axis Dysfunction. We look at how this HPA dysfunction shows up in the body by discussing the symptoms, the risk factors and how it can show up on lab tests.

  • Lesson 4 | Causes

    We dig into the causes of HPA axis dysfunction, and if we can really call it “adrenal fatigue”.

  • Lesson 5 | HPA Axis Dysfunction Testing Methods

    What are the pros & cons of the different testing methods for HPA axis dysfunction (serum, saliva, wet urine, dry urine)

  • Lesson 6 | Supporting the HPA Axis

    How to support the HPA Axis with lifestyle & other valuable recommendations.

  • Lesson 7 | Dutch Test

    How to read the DUTCH report and the different cortisol patterns, including a deep dive into the first cortisol pattern: “high metabolized cortisol with high free cortisol”, including the diet, lifestyle, and supplementation that supports this pattern.

  • Lesson 8 | Second Cortisol Pattern

    We cover the second cortisol pattern, “low metabolized cortisol with low free cortisol”, possible reasons for this pattern, common symptoms displayed with this pattern. Diet, lifestyle, and supplementation that supports this pattern.

  • Lesson 9 | Third Cortisol Pattern

    We dive into the third cortisol pattern, “low metabolized cortisol with high free cortisol”. We cover examples of this pattern, sluggish cortisol clearance, identifying hypothyroidism, diet and lifestyle support, supplementation for this pattern, and what to avoid with this pattern.

  • Lesson 10 | Fourth Cortisol Pattern

    We look deeper into the fourth cortisol pattern, “high metabolized cortisol with low free cortisol”. We cover fast cortisol clearance, insulin resistance, and hyperthyroidism. Learn the recommended diet, lifestyle, and supplement supports, including what to avoid.

  • Lesson 11 | Dive Deeper

    Dive deeper into the 4 cortisol points found on the Dutch and how to support each. Investigate disrupted diurnal rhythm and cortisol rhythm. Identify the differences in saliva vs urine.

  • Lesson 12 | DHEA Interpretation

    Understand DHEA, DHEA to cortisol ratio, DHEA patterns, 5𝝰-reductase activity,and how to naturally support the DHEA patterns.

  • Lesson 13 | Melatonin Interpretation

    What are the causes of low and high melatonin, and how to support each with nutrients, supplements, and lifestyle.

  • Lesson 14 | Reproductive Hormones

    Identify the hormone pathways, hormone basics, and symptom evaluation. Dig deep into the estrogen hormone, with a focus on low estrogen.

  • Lesson 15 | High Estrogen

    Review the lab interpretation of high estrogen. Focus on various causes for high estrogen, and to support it with nutrients, supplements & lifestyle.

  • Lesson 16 | Phase 1 Estrogen Metabolism

    Dive into Phase I estrogen metabolism test interpretation. We look at balancing estrogen, the metabolites involved in phase I metabolism, causes of poor phase I metabolism, genetic variations, and supportive supplements.

  • Lesson 17 | Phase II Estrogen Metabolism

    Identify Phase II estrogen metabolism and supplementation for poor estrogen metabolism. We touch on Phase II detoxification, methylation activity, sulfation & glucuronidation, and diet, lifestyle, and supplement supports.

  • Lesson 18 | Progesterone Metabolism

    How to interpret progesterone metabolism test. Learn about progesterone metabolites, progesterone and sleep, progesterone ranges, high & low progesterone, and reasons for high & low progesterone. Identify diet, lifestyle, & supplement supports for high & low progesterone.

  • Lesson 19 | Testosterone Metabolism

    Dive into testosterone metabolism test interpretation, including low testosterone. Review a male report and a female report. Dig into low testosterone, its causes, and diet, lifestyle, and supplement supports.

  • Lesson 20 | High Testosterone Metabolism

    Uncover possible reasons for high testosterone. Identify diet, lifestyle, and supplementation for high testosterone, support for PCOS, and recommendations when clients have high androgen symptoms, but normal or low testosterone.

  • Clinical Toolkit

    245 page Practitioner Reference Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

The course contains 14 hours of video teaching. So if you watch it from start to finish, that’s how long it would take to complete, plus 5-10 minutes per module for quizzes. If you really want to understand and apply the content, I recommend 2 hours of studying for every 1 hour of teaching (42 hours total).

No! Anyone qualifies to take this course.

Absolutely! This course is packed full of practical steps to implement on diet, rest, exercise, and stress management from a functional perspective. Our students constantly ask for supplement protocols, and this course contains dozens of specific supplement protocols for different hormone imbalances. With this information, you’ll be able to make impressive strides in your own health journey. (NOTE:This course is only useful if you have a hormone lab to look at – Access to the DUTCH lab, or other urine or saliva hormone testing is recommended.

This is the exact course on hormones that we recommend for our own FDN health coaches.
Hundreds of FDNs have taken the Stress + Hormones Course and have used the material in
their own practices to the benefit of their clients. We’ve seen amazing hormone health
transformations as coaches apply this material with clients. From PMS to PCOS to infertility to
estrogen dominance, you can be sure this Advanced course will give you the confidence you
need to help your toughest hormone client cases.

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