Surging levels of Cortisol in the beginning phase of a panic attack can increase as high as 40%.9. If your adrenal reserve is low, you can experience rapid drops in blood sugar (hypoglycemia) during stress because there is not enough cortisol to maintain sugar levels. Your body will automatically respond by producing and secreting another adrenal hormone called adrenaline, Adrenaline will raise blood sugar to provide energy for the ‘fight or flight’ reaction AND it also causes anxiety.
People who have torched their stress system and burned up reserves will now have difficulty producing enough cortisol. If you have poor or low adrenal cortisol production, then you are more prone to flare-ups of temper, nervousness or shaking, palpitations and irritability You will have difficulty concentrating, you will crave salt and your sleep cycle will be greatly upset.
You can and will progress to have fear of situations that are even moderately stressful, and can have panic attacks and fatigue. Your body will feel cold, and you may have depression.
Does this sound like you? A spark that ignites an uncontrollable downward spiral and you end up in a full blown panic attack.
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With cortisol igniting our response, our muscles get tense and ready to fight. Prolonged stress will cause prolonged muscle contractions that cause tension headaches, migraines, joint pains, back spasms, eyestrain and a bunch of other muscle joint conditions.
If you're lifting weights and lots of them, cortisol may be literally eating away at your muscle building potential. Recent research has shown that high cortisol levels also increased protein breakdown by 5% to 20%-27%. An excess of cortisol can lead to a progressive loss of protein, muscle mass weakness and shrinking. Also the loss of bone mass through increased calcium excretion and less calcium absorption. With the amount of stress that athletes' place on their bodies, they generate high levels of free radicals as well as cortisol. Excess cortisol can also adversely affect tendon health, and causes a redistribution of body fat to occur. Basically, the extremities lose fat and muscle while the trunk and face become fatter.
One of the signs of over-training is higher cortisol levels, which may cause depression-type effects. Cortisol excess can also lead to hypertension because it causes sodium retention, which makes you appear bloated. It also causes excess potassium excretion. A major undesirable effect of elevated cortisol is, it causes insulin resistance by decreasing the rate at which insulin activates the glucose absorption. This is the next step towards Diabetes.28
Stress to the body can include trauma, anxiety, infections, surgery, and even resistance training and aerobics. Recent research has shown that high cortisol levels also increased protein breakdown by 5% to 20%.29 A mild increase in cortisol can increase glucose concentration and protein destruction within a few hours in healthy individuals.30 Cortisol increases with increasing time of intense exercise. In over-trained individuals, cortisol levels increase while testosterone levels decrease. A great way to measure the possible damage of over-training is a low or decrease in the testosterone to cortisol ratio.
Over-training is defined as an increase in training volume and/or intensity of exercise leading to a decrease in performance. Excess cortisol can increase body fat levels especially when it's increased dramatically in the body. Increased cortisol levels lower testosterone levels. One of the primary negative effects of testosterone and other steroids is the direct adverse effect on muscle cortisol metabolism.31
Elevated cortisol can inhibit growth hormone levels – the direct impact is that you age faster! Cortisol has other harmful effects on several hormones. Cortisol can directly slow sex and thyroid hormones. 32 When it does this the sex organs and growth hormones become resistant to the thing that they need the most. It may also suppress an
enzyme that creates the active thyroid hormone. This can decrease metabolic rate and make it harder to lose body fat.
During a specific stage of sleep, cortisol levels are elevated because protein is being re-cycled. This is one reason that iStressedOut™ should be taken before bedtime to help minimize excess cortisol production during sleep.
Prolonged high levels of cortisol can throw the immune system into chaos and increase body fat. When athletes get high levels of stress they can get a runny nose, a little cough and feel like they are getting a cold or the flu.
Cortisol reduction/suppression may be an essential part in the recovery process for athletes involved in rigorous training programs. A major and destructive sign of over training is elevated cortisol levels. Moderating but not completely diminishing cortisol levels is an essential factor in allowing weight training athletes to completely recover from their exercise session and maximize results.
When I recommend phosphatidylserine (PS) to patients I emphatically recommend iStressedOut™, a convenient, chewable and great tasting tablet available in the office. We need to start someplace and the easiest way is to simply chew 1 tablet 3 times a day for 30 days. During this time you will begin to experience some changes and see how the PS can help you. Some people will feel dramatic changes and relief from stress, others will have more subtle gradual changes.
Phosphatidylserine Will Help With Specific Conditions
There are specific times when I recommend that patients take iStressedOut™ in a specific way.
Sleep – if you are having trouble falling asleep then chew 1 tablet of iStressedOut™ 30 minutes before bedtime; 1 tablet 90 minutes before bedtime; and 1 tablet 2.5 hours before bedtime. If your bedtime is 10:30pm then you take your iStressedOut™ in the following timing:
Chew 1 tab at 7pm Chew 1 tab at 9pm Chew 1 tab at 10pm
After Exercise – If you are working out at least 3 times a week for a minimum 60 minutes then make sure that one of the times you take iStressedOut™ is immediately after working out. Chew 1 to 2 tabs after workouts. Initially start by chewing just 1 tablet after workouts for about 2 weeks and see how you do. If you continue to feel residual muscle soreness after workouts or there is some improvement, then increase your iStressedOut™ to 2 tabs after workouts.
Under Stress – if you know ahead of time that you are heading into a stressful situations like giving a presentation, going for your job review or interview, or going to your in-laws – then you can pre-load with iStressedOut™, a pre-emptive strike if you will, to ward off the increase in cortisol levels before they get out of control. Chew 2 iStressedOut™ about 30 minutes before your anticipated stressful situation.
Before Exams – Do you get nervous before and during exams? Do you under perform during exams and finals inspite of doing well for the entire semester leading up to finals? For these students I recommend chewing 1 iStressedOut™ 1 hour before the exam and a 2nd tablet 30 minutes before the exam begins. The ideal situation would be consistently taking iStressedOut™ 1 tab 3 times a day for the weeks and month before exams even begin.
Anxiety – if you have a history of anxiety and panic attacks there will be a transition period where your cortisol levels will gradually decrease. We want to try and prevent the anxiety and panic attacks from even getting started by initially taking iStressedOut™ 1 tab 3 times a day. If and when you find yourself slipping into an anxiety attack you can chew 1 iStressedOut™ tablet every hour until you calm down.
Phosphatidyl Serine(PS) supplementation has shown to be beneficial for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.109,110 Phosphatidyl serine is described as a super prescription for ADHD because it helps brain cells function properly. PS may stabilize the function of brain cells by normalizing brain-lipid content. Remarkably, one study found that almost 90 percent of subjects administered 200 to 300 mg of phosphatidyl serine daily experienced improvement in ADHD symptoms. ( 2 tabs of iStressedOut™ per day)
A fantastic ground breaking study examined 36 children, aged 4-14 years, with no history of any previous drug treatment related to ADHD, received 200 mg day of PS for 2 months. The results showed that PS supplementation produced significant improvements in ADHD symptoms’ short-term auditory memory and working memory; mental performance to visual stimulation as well as inattention and impulsivity. PS was well-tolerated and showed no side effects. 111
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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. Although an exhaustive list of possible applications for the phospholipid is not included, the following are the primary scientifically backed reasons why anyone – from professional athletes to weekend warriors, even healthy athletes should consider adding PS from iStressedOut to their health, wellness and recovery regimen.
PS is an essential sports recovery supplement for the serious professional athlete and the weekend warrior.
Taking 2 iStressedOut tabs after every workout is the essential recovery advantage!
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Can you reduce the cortisol response to stress right now? Yes. This is the precise impact that the short range strategies will provide for you. These reliable, safe and healthy strategies will impact your symptoms by stopping the downward spiral of your health and your stress system. The first action step is supplementing your body with iStressedOut™, a phosphatidylserine product formulated to modulate your cortisol response to stress. iStressedOut is now available from Coastal Medical and Wellness Center.
There are over 3,000 published research studies that have confirmed that phosphatidylserine can rejuvenate your brain cell membranes, strengthen your memory, increase vigilance and attention, boost learning, increase mental acuity, intensify your concentration, relieve depression and improve your mood, inhibit exercise and stress induced increases in cortisol, AND decrease stress whether you are young or old. Let’s take a closer look at this valuable treatment strategy that is available to everyone.
Phosphatidylserine (abbreviated PS) is 1 of 5 phospholipids essential to the functioning of every cell in your body. All the phospholipids contribute to the structure and composition of every cell membrane in your every cell of your body 63. PS is unique in that it regulates the functional state of key proteins of cell membranes, 64, 65, 66, 67 , 68 , 69 , 70 , 71 and helps membrane-to-membrane union, which is a central process in nerve transmitter release 72 and activates cell surface receptors.73,74,75 PS supports nerve signal transferring, the process of how the cell responds to chemical signaling substances.
Several studies in the US and Europe have shown that PS extracted from cow brain improves the intellectual and memory function of the elderly 76,77,16,17 including Alzheimer’s disease patients 78, 79, and people with age associated memory impairment 80. However, the use of PS made from cow brain sources is now discouraged because of the risk of Mad Cow Disease. 81 These problems have been overcome by isolating, extracting and purifying PS derived from soy which has led to the development of enzymatically made PS from soy lecithin that makes it risk free from getting Mad Cow Disease. 82
Many people are allergic to soy. For many of these people, no matter how perfect the PS is extracted in the manufacturing process, the end result remains that some of these people may react to PS. Some people cannot even take soy lecithin without reacting. Even if there is no obvious reaction, the body may have a hidden response below the surface of the iceberg! These people should avoid PS nutritional supplements derived from soy.
The most important contributions of PS to the structure and function of individual nerve cells are expressed in the performance of the brain as a whole. More than 35 human studies in 3 decades indicate PS supports improved brain function that can be measured in many ways including: brain wave integration, the Brain-Adrenal Connection (hypothalmic-pituitary-adrenal axis), and bio-rhythms of hormone release. Some 16 clinical trials indicate that PS benefits measurable intellectual and brain functions which tend to decline with age such as: memory, learning, vocabulary skills and concentration, as well as mood, alertness and sociability.
PS is a phospholipid, abundant and present in every cell membrane and essential for All cells of the body. PS should be considered a semi-essential nutrient. It can be made in your body from many smaller pieces of nutrients, its multi-step creation requires massive amounts of energy that must be stolen from other parts of your metabolism. It is very inefficient and is energetically costly. It is like using corn to make fuel for your car. You have hybrid fuel that costs more than regular gas and you now have no corn to eat!
With its proven benefits against age-related mental decline, phosphatidyl serine represents a truly safe and effective means for improving the quality of life.83
Phosphatidyl Serine is absorbed in the blood about one half-hour to one hour after being taken, and it reaches the brain within minutes after that. Phosphatidylserine is especially helpful for people over 50 and for people who may have prematurely damaged brain cell membranes due to disease, alcohol, drug use, pollution or other causes, and it protects against stress hormone release in adults of any age.84
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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Cliff Atwell, B.S., D.C.