The human body has developed a very complex system for interacting with environmental stressors. Genes play a role in an individual’s response to stress, and stress itself can alter the expression of genes in an epigenetic loop. As such, some people may be classified as having “poor stress tolerance,” or conversely, “stress resilience.” Focusing on the underlying biological mechanisms involved with stress response provides unique opportunities for personalized solutions to reduce the impacts of chronic stress and to improve our overall stress resilience. Dr. Daniel VanDorn will highlight some of the genes that may influence stress response and discuss several nutrition-based cortisol adaptogens and their epigenetic influence.
The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists℠ designates this activity for a maximum of 1 Continuing Education credits for Certified Nutrition Specialists.