Most allergies involve the release of histamine and other substances that produce inflammation, this acts like a blow torch on your body. Your body's first defense mechanism is to make cortisol to put out the fire (inflammation). Your body must have enough cortisol circulating or at least available in order to control the level of inflammatory reactions in the body. It is easy to understand that your first line of defense the healthy adrenal function plays an important role in controlling the allergic-histamine release and inflammatory reactions that produce allergy symptoms.
When your adrenals are fatigued, and they do not or cannot make enough cortisol to stop the allergic reactions you may notice that you have more allergies or your allergies get worse.
The more histamine your body makes, the harder the adrenals have to work to produce enough cortisol, the more fatigued the adrenals become. It is very common that people with food and environmental allergies also have adrenal fatigue. This causes a repeating downward spiral of lower cortisol allowing histamine to inflame the tissues more, leading to more adrenal fatigue and causing bigger allergic reactions.
Actively supporting your adrenal glands and eliminating or reducing your exposure to foods and other substances that cause allergic or sensitivity reactions can help break this cycle as well as strengthen adrenal function. We Offer Affordable, Short Term Care For Your Relief Of Stress Related Health Issues.
This is our 2nd line of defense on the outside of our body, and our first line of defense on the inside of our body. When stress makes our adrenals overwork long enough then our immune system jumps in to lend a helping hand. The elevated cortisol will eventually cause problems with our immune system.
In order to get an infection three things are present: First a weakened immune system, second a suitable environment for the bugs to grow on and third exposure to a bug. These very small organisms grow in a swamp and not in the ocean. When our body is toxic on the inside, it is a great place for bugs to grow and flourish.
Our perfect blue print is equipped with a very methodical precise plan of action to deal with internal invasion in our body. Nothing in the way we respond to physical, chemical, emotional or electromagnetic insult happens by accident. When this programmed response is overwhelmed, things go wrong. With a confused and compromised response bad stuff happens quickly. Tissue healing is delayed, our garbage disposal system (detoxification) gets sluggish and we accumulate toxins. The lymph system is part garbage disposal and part immune system that also accumulates poisons. These changes are manifested and measurable in blood tests that show decreased levels of short term responder chemicals (IgA). The total effect of things gone wrong by too much cortisol gives us increased susceptibility to, and increased numbers of infections.
We typically see young patients who get an infection. They are prescribed antibiotics and no sooner are they over this infection, they get another infection someplace else. They have a sore throat, swollen tonsils and a strept infection. After the antibiotics they then get an ear infection. After more antibiotics then they get a sinus infection, more antibiotics. Then they get bronchitis and more antibiotics. This cycle continues because there is now delayed healing of tissues.
This response is nothing new. We all have experienced it with our friends or our own family. It has been confirmed in many animal and human studies. When animals are under emotional stress it makes their immune system and infected skin wounds worse. Here is a typical response: Animals that were stressed prior to wounding and infection had a 30 percent delay in healing after three to five days. After five days, the stressed animals had 100,000 times more opportunistic bacteria in their wounds than the non-stressed animals. Seven days after the bacteria exposure, about 85 percent of the wounds in the stressed animals were infected. Only 27 percent of the wounds in the non-stressed animals remained infected. Emotional Stress increased the rate of wound infection three times.41
Sadly, most western trained doctors ignore this information for several reasons. They don’t know or care that it exists, or they are bound by the status quo of what drugs doctors should prescribe for what symptoms. Their rationalization is that it is an animal study, and what difference does it make when their treatment solution is ‘just fill them full of antibiotics anyway!’
Curiously we humans respond exactly the same way. Women who had high cortisol levels and were wounded on the arms had lower levels of key compounds released by the body to do the healing. The study concluded that the anti-inflammatory effects of cortisol strongly suppress the immune system.42,43
Can you believe that a doctor would give a steroid based drug to treat inflammation and infection without a second thought of what problems it will create? By the way, in order for an organ transplant to work the patient is given massive doses of steroid drugs to suppress the immune system so that our blue print to reject the foreign organ does not work. Simply and crudely, it’s my kidney made specifically for me and me alone. Just because we have the same blood type, the same genetic markers, even the same mother and father, the inborn intelligence of your body knows that it’s my kidney and has no business being inside of you. The precise action of your blueprint has been created to: REJECT A FOREIGN KIDNEY THAT IS NOT YOURS!
To every rule there is an exception. If you force-feed your body with massive amounts of steroids causing confusion and shutting off your immune system your body may accept my kidney. You also get the blessing of being capable of getting any and every infection that comes within a country mile of you.
Just stop and think here. If stuffing yourself with steroids causes your body to do stupid stuff automatically without you knowing, does it matter where the steroids come from?
Here is the ah ha moment! Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is produced in massive amounts when you are under stress. OUR REACTION TO STRESS PRODUCES THE EXACT SAME RESULT AS TAKING PRESCRIPTION STEROID DRUGS TO SUPPRESS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM - IT STOPS WORKING!
When you are stressed, you tend to take short, shallow breaths from your upper chest. This limits oxygen and increases stress. Deep breathing helps maximize the amount of available oxygen in your whole body, which sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. Deep breathing is one of the most useful relaxation techniques that is relatively easy to learn and can be practiced anytime, anywhere.
Here’s how to do it:
✓ Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes.
✓ Place one hand over your breastbone and the other over your belly. As you take a deep breath in through your nose, allow your belly to push out. The hand on your chest should not move.
✓ Exhale through your pursed lips and let your belly to go in until all of the air has been blown out.
✓ Do not hold your breath at any point.
Practice this technique for 1- 10 minutes at least twice per day. Then use it any time you begin to feel tense, like when you are sitting in traffic, feeling overwhelmed, or dealing with a challenging situation.
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Excessive stress even affects where we tend to store fat. Higher levels of stress are linked to greater levels of abdominal fat. The classic weight gain when stress is long and hard is an apple shaped abdomen or a pear shaped abdomen. The apple shaped weight gain is where there is more fat above the waist line. The pear shaped body occurs when there is more fat below the waist line.
Chronic stress and cortisol can contribute to weight gain in the following ways:
Another big reason we see more obesity is that people are too stressed and busy to make dinner at home. They go on auto pilot and pick the convenience of fast food and drive through dining.
We know you have a choice when it comes to your health care. We would be honored to help you with reducing your stress and helping you become the best version of you possible.
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Your sleep pattern follows a bio-rhythm. You sleep more soundly when your temperature is lowest and you sleep more soundly in the wee hours of the morning. You are most likely to awaken when your temperature starts to rise around 6 to 8 a.m.
As you age, the “pacemaker“ part of your brain loses cells. Your sleep is more disrupted. You have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night because you can’t hold it any longer. You awaken early and need to nap more. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in hormone production.
Biological rhythms also impact hormone production, specifically cortisol. (Figure 6) Here are some examples of how that happens.
Cortisol affects metabolism, regulates your immune system and normally is at its highest between 6 and 8 a.m.. It gradually declines throughout the day and is lowest around midnight, and then slowly begins to increase again throughout the night.
Changing your daily sleep schedule changes your bio-rhythm and causes you to produce the highest cortisol at a different time. If cortisol is too high at the wrong time then bad things happen. If your cortisol is too high at the end of the day you will have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. If your cortisol is too low in the morning then you will have trouble waking up and getting rolling in the morning.
Sleep triggers night time hormone production when you go to bed and Cortisol secretion peaks between the hours of 6 and 8 am.
If you are stressed out and have a chronically elevated cortisol level, there is an extensive list of things that can go wrong. Your symptoms will suggest a wide variety of developing health-related problems. If your cortisol levels remain high, you need to make changes in your life! Don’t wait! We can help!
Phosphatidylserine (PS) is directly or indirectly implicated in practically every cell membrane from the brain and nervous system to hormone function and the adrenal glands. The following are the primary scientifically backed reasons why children should add PS from CMWC to their health, wellness and recovery regimen.
1. PS supplementation produced significant improvements in short term auditory memory and working memory in ADHD children.
2. Significant improvement in ADHD children’s mental performance to visual stimulation.
3. ADHD children have significant decrease of inattention and impulsivity.
4. PS enhanced mood in a group of young people during mental stress.
5. PS has been proven as an effective therapeutic agent for ADD and ADHD.
6. Children and young adults get benefits in maintaining a sharp mind and controlling stress with PS.
7. Students experience improved learning abilities and performance.
8. PS helps your brain cells to metabolize glucose,to release and bind with neurotransmitters, all of which are important to learning, memory and other cognitive functions.
9. PS helps insomnia and sleep disorders caused by excess cortisol at the end of the day.
10. Young university students experience significantly less stress from tests, stay more clear-headed and composed, and keep a more stable mood when taking PS.
11. Diets are deficient in PS and modern industrial food production decreases all of the natural phospholipids
Cliff Atwell, B.S., D.C.