Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Mitochondrial Health

240: How to Conquer Stress Through Optimizing Mitochondria and Cortisol w/ Dr. Carrie Jones

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~ Lower your stress response to allow your body to make the right amount of cortisol for you
~ Build muscle through resistance training in order to manage your glucose intake
~ Stress your mitochondria consistently and in the right ways in order to balance your hormone production
~ Implement simple and effective lifestyle changes to improve your mitochondrial function and cortisol production


Do you dread having to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, knowing that you might not have enough energy to get through the day? The two biggest causes for this lack of energy is inefficient mitochondrial function and the hormone cortisol.

The good news is that there are simple lifestyle changes and tools that are easy, inexpensive, and possible to do from home that can balance your cortisol and improve your mitochondrial function.

Connecting the Dots with Dr. Carrie Jones

Dr. Carrie Jones is a practitioner, internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator in all things women’s health and hormones and a fellow mitochondria nerd. Dr. Carrie is the medical direction for Precision Analytical, the creators of the DUTCH hormone test, my hands-down favorite test for understanding what is going on with your hormones.

Cortisol Is the Key

Connecting the dots between your mitochondrial function, cortisol production, stress, sleep, and glucose can help you understand what is going on in your body so that you can relieve your symptoms and start harnessing the energy you need to get through your busy day.

It is no secret that everything happening within your body affects everything else. The #1 role of cortisol is to manage your glucose and help you wake up in the morning through the cortisol awakening response. You need to get out of the negative cortisol feedback loop and increase your cortisol production by feeding the mitochondria what it needs to work the right way.

Happy Mitochondria = Happy Women

Happy mitochondria equal happy women, and happy women make the world go round. Improve your mitochondrial happiness comes down to consistency in how you stress your mitochondria in the right ways.

Things such as building muscle with resistance training, improving your posture, and getting a good night’s sleep are all simple and easy ways to heal what is going on with your hormones and give you back the energy you crave.

Are you ready to take back control of your energy by improving your mitochondrial function and cortisol production? Share how you are getting a grip on what is happening with your hormones in the comments below!


“There are women who are like ‘I’m sensitive to everything, I react to everything’ and these little shifts in stress and sleep or diet or the COVID-19 weight gain, it affects them. It affects your hormones.” (17:36)

“Cortisol does a lot. But like Goldilocks, too much is a problem, and too little is a problem. We want it just right.” (19:52)

“It’s the cortisol with the glucose with the insulin that has changed lately, and as a result, you have to shift with it. You have to shift with it in the type of exercise that you do and how you manage stress. Otherwise, you will end up like the ‘too little’ Goldilocks.” (26:29)

“It doesn’t have to be really huge, expensive and complicated. It can be pretty straight forward and easy, which is what I love about the mitochondria.” (33:43)

“I hate when women just run out and take iron, I hate when women just run out and take copper. Because you can overdose on those things and it can be problematic so you want to be really careful of randomly just going online or running to your store and buying stuff.” (39:34)


~ Understanding the hormone pathways that are impacting your energy, period, and more (13:10)
~ How cortisol can interrupt your natural rhythms and your energy supply (18:37)
~ Simple and inexpensive ways that you can make your mitochondria happier (30:30)
~ Connecting the dots between your mitochondrial health and your energy levels (35:22)
~ The best way to understand your fatigue and test your hormones and mitochondrial health markers (44:24)


~ Dr. Mariza’s Smoothie and Shake Recipe Guide
~ Precision Analytical DUTCH Hormone Test – Use Code dutch50 for $50 off the DUTCH Complete or DUTCH Plus Tests
~ Dutch Test Website
~ Follow Dr. Carrie on Instagram


~ Episode 120: Is Your Doctor Using The Correct Hormone Test… Or Not? With Dr. Carrie Jones

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