Discover Lasting Solutions For Stressed-out Adrenals So You Can Take Your Clients From Fatigued to Fantastic! 

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Adrenal Health:

Optimizing Support for Energy, Sleep, and Wellbeing
With Susan Allen-Evenson, RDN, LDN, FMNS

~42.5 hours of content!

This live webinar course is now complete. Recordings are now available for on-demand access.
You’ll have 9 months of review. All handouts and slides are available for download into your permanent files. 

(Note: recorded training does not include pre-approved CPE for RDs)

Are These Your Clients?

  • Overwhelmed with stress? Challenged with mood disorders?
  • Do they experience trouble falling asleep and have difficulty getting up in the morning?
  • Struggle to make it through the day without caffeine, sugar or salty foods?
  • Do they have blood sugar imbalances or have difficulty losing weight?

These could all represent issues related to a stressed adrenal system!

Help Your Clients Go From This…

To This…

Imagine Having Success Like This…

I once had a client that came to me for assistance with her fatigue, weight gain, and gut problems which her doctor attributed to side effects of the 6 medicines she was on for 15 yrs of mood disorder treatment.  His answer…take Tums and go see a Dietitian. More stressed and frustrated than ever, she took his advice. What she got was a hard-to-follow calorie-restricted diet that after 3 months only got her 4 lbs of weight loss; nothing else.

Good thing she came to see me next because I knew she needed a deeper assessment with a systems-biology, root-cause analysis I learned as a Functional Medicine Nutritionist. 

I discovered she had dysbiosis, sub-optimal digestion, gluten sensitivity, several nutritional deficiencies, and cortisol/neurotransmitter imbalances which clearly represented stressed adrenals! Her whole case made much more sense. Armed with all the information I needed, now I knew exactly what to do!

My comprehensive plan included an anti-inflammatory & gluten-free diet, probiotics & other supportive nutritional & herbal supplements, stress reduction, and lifestyle modifications, all personalized to her specific needs. It wasn’t long before all her gut symptoms were gone, she was sleeping like a baby and had amazing energy and focus during the day. She was feeling a lot better! 

The best news of all…under the supervision of her psychiatrist, one by one, she was able to get off all her psychotropic meds (all 6 of them)! Turns out one of those meds was the culprit with her weight as she lost 70 lbs when she went off of it. Wow, right?

In less than a year, we were able to reduce her supplements down to just basic support, and she couldn’t thank me enough for giving her her life back! For the first time in 15 years, she said, she was back to her former self – the vibrant, happy energetic girl she used to be. Not only was she loving life again, but she made a video testimonial for my website and referred all her family and friends! I sure love what I do!  

Join Me In The Most Comprehensive Training You’ll Ever Get On Adrenal Health And Become A Trusted Authority Every Functional Medicine Doctor Will Want To Refer To!

Let me tell you why it’s vital you learn this!

2020 worldwide stress statistics imply that up to 33% of people are struggling with anxiety, stress and depression. And of course, these days, we can add COVID stress syndrome to the mix as well. 60% of the US population admit they are under constant daily stress!

Your adrenal glands play a very important role in helping your body respond to physical or psychological stress!

Adrenal glands are small, triangular-shaped glands located on top of both kidneys. They’re part of the endocrine system and produce hormones that help regulate metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, response to stress, and other essential functions.

The glands have two parts — the cortex and the medulla — which are each responsible for producing different hormones, such as cortisol, aldosterone, DHEA and androgenic steroids and Adrenaline (epinephrine) and noradrenaline (norepinephrine), also known as the fight or flight hormones.

Stress is a normal physical and emotional response to an event, or stressor. In many ways, stress can be positive, as it helps us adjust to new situations and challenges. Even joyous occasions like a wedding or the birth of a child can be stressful. But, especially in response to a negative event or emotion, and when experienced over time, stress becomes a problem without adequate relief.

A normal fight or flight response (temporary cortisol/adrenaline rush) is healthy, but unfortunately with ongoing stress, many stay in that stress pattern where cortisol levels remain elevated, contributing to a slew of health issues.

I’d like to take a minute to tell you the depth of this course…

FIRST, I want you to know this course has deep coverage of adrenal system physiology, expanded testing, and comprehensive support options so you can confidently assess your clients and know exactly where their imbalances lie and how to responsibly provide targeted support. You’ll identify genomic influences and root-cause culprits while helping your clients mitigate common stressors in their lives allowing them to have more even moods, sleep better, regain vibrancy, and feel great again!

Part 1: Adrenal Overview, Cortisol Dynamics, and The Mind-Body Connection With a Special Focus on Sleep 

  • The prevalence of adrenal dysfunction and its health effects
  • Classifications of adrenal disease, signs/symptoms, and stages of dysfunction
  • Root causes and chronic disease connections to adrenal stress
  • A detailed step-by-step understanding of adrenal system physiology 
  • Specifics of cortisol production and effects on the body
  • Steroidogenic pathways and the “pregnenolone steal”
  • The interplay between cortisol and other endocrine hormones
  • Effective management strategies for mitigating the stress response
  • Assessment techniques, including Functional Medicine specialty tests
  • The mind-body connection: awareness of balance
  • Nutrition’s role in adrenal health (diet and supplements)

Part 2: Neurotransmitter Imbalance & Mood Disorders, Genomic Influences, Functional Nutrition Support

  • Overview of mood and imbalances and adrenal stress
  • Detail of all neurotransmitters and their relation to mood and behavior
  • The mechanics of neurotransmitter production and physiology
  • Disordered eating as a function of adrenal and neurotransmitter imbalance
  • Psychotropic medication’s effect on neuro-transmission
  • Working in an interdisciplinary team for optimal patient support
  • Genomic influences on neurotransmitter production; methylation and other connections
  • Amino acid precursors in neurotransmitter production
  • Detailed coverage of neurotransmitter assessment and testing
  • Kynurenic and Quinolinic acid as biomarkers in Neurotransmitter metabolism
  • The role of diet in mood imbalance
  • The connection between the microbiome and mood – probiotics as psychobiotics
  • Dietary supplements, amino acids and herbal support in mood imbalance
  • The vital need for sulfur but why some struggle with tolerance
  • A special focus on sleep dysfunction and how best to support it

Objectives of This Training
Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • List the various causes of adrenal dysfunction that impact the human body
  • Explain the normal stress response and describe the prolonged effects of chronic stress
  • Explore the relationship between cortisol, DHEA, neurotransmitter function and adrenal function
  • Define the inhibitory or excitatory nature of common neurotransmitter, as well as the necessary nutrient cofactors for neurotransmitter production
  • Discover the influence of genomics and its impact on neurotransmitter production and metabolism
  • Examine appropriate dietary strategies to optimize adrenal function
  • Identify and utilize specific nutrients, adaptogens, and supplements for adrenal and neurotransmitter imbalances.
  • Incorporate mind-body and other lifestyle interventions to help mitigate the stress response

To be sure, optimal adrenal function is nothing to be underestimated, and is something our clients oftentimes need more support for!

So, What’s Got Us So Stressed?

It’s important to appreciate their sources of stress to help your patients better manage. High-stress jobs, trauma, loss, unstable home environments, financial pressures, illness, and other factors cause chronic, long-term stress. These range from neurological and mood disorders to weight gain and diabetes to autoimmune disorders, cancer, and heart disease. Are you addressing the root-causes?

We can’t always change stressors, but we can change the way we view stressors and let them affect us!

Other factors can come into play too. A poor diet means that your body has fewer reserves and less capacity to deal with stress. Regular exposure to toxic chemicals or pollutants can also be a factor, as can microbiome imbalances.

Your newfound assessment skills and personalized recommendations will go a long way to enhance patient outcomes!

And don’t forget sleep – one of the most important requirements for the body to function properly. Just as stress can cause us to lose sleep, losing sleep can increase our stress levels.

Because your clients need adequate rest to perform literally every metabolic and physical activity, it’s no wonder that so many things start to fall apart with prolonged exhaustion. Some of the health effects of sleep deficiency include:

  • Poor academic performance and memory
  • Impaired ability to drive
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Obesity

You Too Could Take a Comprehensive, Deeper Approach to Help Your Clients Feel Great Again!

Now that I’ve told you about the course, let me tell you about my client, Jane…

Jane came to me to get help gaining weight. I also learned she had pretty severe anxiety for years and she was taking two medications but still not well controlled. To top it off, she was also amenorrheic. wasn’t sleeping well and had difficulty focusing during the day, so much so, she had to put college on hold.

Mood disorders like anxiety, are an incredibly common manifestation of chronic adrenal stress. This is one of the few areas in medicine that doesn’t require lab data for a diagnosis. Not only that but treatment options are often generalized and hit or miss, leaving patients frustrated with the process and sometimes even having to settle for less than the “right fit”. This was certainly the case with Jane.

I did a thorough Functional Nutrition assessment and found her cortisol was through the roof most of the day. Since I knew high cortisol, the end-product of the HPA axis, could suppress reproductive function at the hypothalamic, pituitary, and uterine levels, I knew this was likely behind her amenorrhea – and sure enough, further testing confirmed it. 

Genetic influences are rarely considered in conventional medicine (which many functional practitioners consider a missed opportunity). In Jane’s case, her genomic testing revealed a COMT snp that could change the way she metabolized dopamine to influence her anxiety (I checked, and you guessed it, her dopamine was high). I also connected that her multivitamin contained a high amount of methyl folate, which I know feeds the BH4 cycle to encourage dopamine production, so I quickly replaced her multi with a non-methylated alternative.

Her genomic testing also indicated she had the risk of being Celiac, and sure enough, additional testing confirmed this too! Celiac is another connection to anxiety and I thought, likely behind her underweight status. She had no other GI complaints so none of her other healthcare practitioners ever even suspected. Good thing I use genomic testing in my practice! 

Within months on a gluten-free diet, and with targeted nutritional support and stress reduction techniques, everything was resolved! Her anxiety completely disappeared (she was taken off both meds). She maintained a healthy normal weight and regained normal menstruation. She was sleeping like a baby and had great focus during the day which even allowed her to finish college and get her degree.

Never in her wildest dreams did she think all things were connected and even more so, that she could feel as good as she did!  The anxiety was something she was sure she’d have for the rest of her life – she was over-the-top grateful to know this was no longer her destiny! And, of course, she started referring everyone she knew and her doctors were so impressed, they regularly referred to me as well! 

Adrenal Stress Can be a Surprising Root Cause!

Other organs and glands interact with the adrenals including: the hypothalamus, pituitary gland (which can also impact thyroid function), kidneys, and the sympathetic nervous system. Because of these connections, an imbalance in the adrenals can manifest in many ways…


  •  Difficulty getting up in the morning
  •  High levels of fatigue each day
  •  Inability to handle stress
  •  Cravings for salty foods
  •  Higher energy levels in the evenings & sleep problems
  •  Overuse of stimulants like caffeine
  •  A weakened immune system

It’s Time to Fast-Track Your Knowledge and Give Your Clients the Answers They’ve Been Searching For!

Diet, lifestyle, and mind-body support can make all the difference!

It’s no secret that our diet plays a key role in our physical health and well-being. But we are also beginning to uncover ways that diet affects mental health. We’ve learned that our diet directly affects the microbiome of our body, which impacts the neurotransmitters that control our body’s response to stress. Likewise, anything that causes inflammation and oxidative stress can lead to leaky gut and start a cascade of immune reactions that ultimately stress the body. These offending foods must be identified and removed.

Exercise (but not too much) can go a long way to minimize stress and support mood. There are many relaxing adjunct therapies and self-care routines that can have a large impact as well. Understanding the mind-body connection can go a long way to maintain stress resilience.

42.5 hours of content! You’ll have 9 months of access from the date you register.

All handouts and slides are available for download into your permanent files. 

(Note: recorded training does not include pre-approved CPE for RDs)

Praise For Our Course

Kimberly M. Concra, LDA

“With Next Level Functional Nutrition and Susan’s experience and knowledge, I have learned without having to leave my home and with the support of other nutritionists whom also serve as mentors…even as they are learning, too.”

Kim McConnell, MS, RDN, LDN, CLT

“This program has taken my knowledge base to a whole new level and has allowed me to add valuable new skills and tools to my practice. It has also opened up my eyes to the many areas that were missing using conventional medical nutrition therapy alone. It has recharged my batteries, renewed my spirit and given me new hope in helping patients, my family and myself regarding health and nutrition.”

Kerry Mitchell RDN, LD, CLT

Susan teaches us what we thought we would be learning as a dietitian in school. She fills in the blanks of what is missing in our training and how we can truly be the nutrition expert through IFMNT.

Your Presenter: Susan Allen-Evenson RDN, FMNS

Susan Allen-Evenson, RDN, CCN, FMNS

Susan Allen-Evenson, RDN, LDN, FMNS

Founder & Mentor, Next Level Functional Nutrition

Thirty years ago my mentor in the field of Functional Medicine helped me realize there was more to nutrition than I learned in my conventional training. Enticed, this led me down an exciting path of discovery that transformed me, both personally and professionally. I hear often from my clients, “No one else has ever told me this” and “I feel better than I have in years!”

Enthralled with my 6-figure success and sky-rocketing career growth using IFMNT, I realized I just had to share this with my peers. This vision is what birthed my own mentor program almost 20 years ago, which eventually grew into the international training initiative Next Level Functional Nutrition, where noted experts join me in influencing thousands to incorporate IFMNT into practice.

My mission is to see nutrition considered the very cornerstone of health and to have my colleagues experience no less than the level of respect and success they so deserve, yet often struggle to have. I truly believe IFMNT is the key!

I am proud to be considered one of the pioneers in our global healthcare transformation. I’ve got a proven track record as an award-winning author, speaker, and sought-out consultant at several leading Functional Medicine centers in the US. Join me on this amazing journey and see for yourself how much more you can grow and make a difference in helping others!


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Adrenal Health:

Optimizing Support for Energy, Sleep, and Wellbeing


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