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Circadian Rhythm Optimization, Mastering Stress Response, and Making More Neurotransmitters with Dr. Tracy Tranchitella, ND (Ep 17)

Written by Erik Levi, FNTP — Updated on September 20, 2020

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Tracy Tranchitella, ND all about the importance of optimizing your circadian rhythm and how that helps overall hormonal health.

Your circadian rhythm is your body’s internal daily clock that modulates the balance of cortisol for wakefulness and melatonin for bedtime.

Thanks to technology and the rigors of modern living, most people are not living in alignment with their circadian rhythm.

This leads to hormone disruption, mental health issues, weight issues and a number of health-associated health problems.

I love Dr. Tracy’s approach of addressing foundational health issues that ultimately heal nagging symptoms through evidence-based, natural therapies to boost your quality of life.

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Who Is Dr. Tracy Tranchitella, ND

Tracy Tranchitella is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine integrating the scientific principles of Functional Medicine with the sensibility and holistic view of traditional naturopathy.

She provides naturopathic consultations for general health issues including digestive disorders, blood sugar management, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders, chronic fatigue, hormone and menstrual issues and general dietary and nutritional consultations.

With each patient, Dr. Tranchitella emphasizes a balanced whole food diet coupled with important lifestyle strategies for stress management, quality sleep, regular exercise, and making time for the things that bring joy to our lives.

Dr. Tranchitella graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and has been in practice for over 20 years.

In addition to patient consultations, Dr. Tranchitella is co-founder of Integrative Medicine Academy with her partner Dr. Kurt Woeller.

IMA provides in-depth courses on various areas of focus within Functional Medicine.

For over 10 years, Dr. Tranchitella served as a Clinical Advisor for BioHealth Laboratory helping practitioners with lab interpretation and program development.

Topics Discussed

  • Naturopathic medicine benefits
  • Foundational health: Nutrition, gut function, adrenal function
  • Book: Circadian code
  • The importance of honoring your circadian rhythm
  • Connection to earth and how it impacts your health
  • T.S. Wiley Books: Sex Lies and Menopause, Lights Out
  • The importance of optimizing light exposure for optimal biological rhythm
  • The Oura ring and biohacking technology
  • Cortisol patterns and its relationship to melatonin
  • Cortisol and its job as a glucocorticoid to mobilize sugar
  • The good and bad of cortisol
  • Mobilizing cortisol incorrectly can lead to increased adipose tissue
  • Salivary adrenal, thyroid, and gonadal hormone testing to measure your stress response is
  • The negative feedback loop of cortisol and dysregulated blood sugar and how it turns you into a sugar junkie
  • Roller coaster of blood sugar consumption and crashes
  • Alcohol before bed is not good for deep sleep
  • Inflammation triggers cortisol response
  • Importance of tuning into your body to control breathing and stress
  • Posture can affect mood
  • Brain fog is really about gut health
  • 90% of serotonin is made in the gut
  • Dysfunctional gut health leads to dysfunctional mental health
  • Many people can’t absorb nutrients and how that sabotages health
  • People on long term prescriptions when may need gut protocol instead
  • Using amino acids to address neurotransmitters are not optimal
  • Mineral deficiencies can affect hormones


About the author:

Erik Levi, FNTP

Erik Levi is a co-founder of and a certified holistic nutritional therapy practitioner.

As an NTP Erik takes a nutrition first approach to health. He has worked with many different people to help them use nutrition to optimize their quality of life.

Erik believes that mental health is a physiological process and cognitive enhancement is not something that can be achieved by just taking some pills with good Amazon reviews.

Instead, true cognitive enhancement comes with the right balance of nutrients, movement, and gratitude. Erik continues to stay up to date with the most current nootropic and holistic health research and promises to deliver the best solutions possible.

You can check out his personal health blog/podcast/YouTube Channel all under the name Holistic A-Hole.

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