episode #187

Cortisol, Mitochondria, & Perimenopause with Dr. Carrie Jones



How Cortisol affects our menstrual cycle, sleep, and mitochondrial function. We discuss the circadian rhythm of cortisol, the relationship between cortisol and mitochondria, common signs of high stress, and how to have better sleep.

Listen to the first episode with Carrie Jones here

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Episode Overview:

  • 1:37 Introduction
  • 11:46 Welcoming Carrie
  • 15:18 Cortisol and Mitochondria
  • 17:29 Cholesterol
  • 22:00 Circadian Rhythm of Cortisol
  • 28:16 The Differences in Cortisol and Cortisone
  • 33:37 Stress and Menstrual Cycle
  • 38:20 Cortisol and Menopausal Women
  • 41:49 Signs Of High Stress
  • 49:00 Low Cortisol In The Morning
  • 56:28 How To Have A Better Sleep
  • 1:03:45 Supplements For Mitochondrial Health



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