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by 1637 · June 17, 2014 at 09:21 PM

So, I composed this long detailed post last week and apparently the Gods of Paleohacks thought it was too long and decided to not approve it. So, let me make this short and sweet. I have a 6 year love affair with exercise. I have done many things... (more)

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Gsmith 0 · June 17, 2014 at 09:21 PM

@thegiantess continuing the thought. The examples you are giving are classic signs of over training. In your explanation you did not give your age, or workout style. Age plays a major factor in recovery. the older you are the slower the... (more)

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by 1637 · June 12, 2014 at 02:51 PM

So, here's the thing. I am an avid, some would say extreme, exerciser. I am just one of those people that find something they like and then do the shit out of it. So, like 6 years ago I started working out on a daily basis (before that I did a lot... (more)

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by 0 · June 04, 2014 at 03:43 AM

Long time stalker, first time posting. I can't find information that pertains to my saliva cortisol test results, and am going a bit crazy over it. I sought out an integrative MD after years of severe fatigue and difficulty losing weight post... (more)

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VB 0 · June 03, 2014 at 07:14 AM

One questions and three comments:1. How did you test your cortisol levels? Did you have to take four separate blood tests during the day?Also, how about your cortisol in urine?2. Since you are fatigued, I would also test your insulin and glucose... (more)

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by 0 · April 19, 2014 at 01:53 AM

I am a 21yo male. About 1.5 weeks ago, I started a very restrictive modified ketogenic version of a GAPS/SCD diet, for the purpose of helping some severe chronic neurological and gut issues. Some of the problems that I intend to address by... (more)

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stephyogini 0 · April 18, 2014 at 07:31 PM

YES! It might speed up the "clearing" if you add a natural Candida "cleanse" product for your local health food store. Go natural. I have used Pure Candex; natural enzymes that break down the cell walls of fungi and yeast. The tricky part is you... (more)

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by 0 · March 07, 2014 at 04:36 AM

I have been reading so many blogs and posts to try and find someone with a similar situation as me. Hopefully someone here can help! I am 25, 5'11" and 180 pounds. Four years ago I lost 30 pounds with calorie restriction (1000-1200 per day)... (more)

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Nats 0 · March 07, 2014 at 12:26 AM

WOW it's just like I read my own story... First of all, let me tell you that I completely understand how you feel. And even though it seems easier and it has worked in the past, calorie restricting is not the answer. I've been through the exact.... (more)

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by 0 · March 03, 2014 at 04:44 PM

Do you know of any science, or other strong evidence to support one or the other approach?

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happyguy 0 · March 03, 2014 at 03:46 PM

Barry Sears, author of The Zone, is in favor of eating within a hour, here's his reasons: http://zonediet.com/blog/2010/08/eat-your-breakfast/ Also, I read on Jack Kreuse's blog, he's a fan of eating within 30 minutes for leptin... (more)

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by 0 · February 26, 2014 at 02:55 PM

I think that I read that saturated fats raise cortisol. I have also observed on myself that my body is much more stressed when eating ghee and other animal fats even if I keep carbs in moderate level (150-200g per day). But I have no problem... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · February 26, 2014 at 01:22 PM

Lower fat may reduce cortisol: http://pen.sagepub.com/content/19/6/482.abstract (in burn patients.)

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by 1495 · September 03, 2013 at 07:21 PM

I've been diagnosed stage 3 adrenal fatigue with low cortisol. Everything I read or am told is a blanket recommendation for AF. Most often, it speaks of what to do with high cortisol. So I've tried no caffeine for a month, no alcohol for a month,... (more)

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by 129 · August 28, 2013 at 01:18 AM

Hey guys, quick background. Im 27 yrs old 5'11 160 male, strict paleo moderate alcohol/caffeine use, train Jiu Jitsu 5 days a week and lift 2 days. Was curious about my testosterone and cortisol as I train alot and had some indicators that I might... (more)

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ccorradino 0 · August 28, 2013 at 01:18 AM

If you occasionally wake up with a boner, your testosterone is fine. Otherwise, eat more steak and eggs. Ignore T salesmen. That's all I got.

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by 65 · July 24, 2013 at 01:44 AM

Short medical / diet history: In 2002, I gained about 77 lbs in just six months (going from 163 -> 240) due to depression diagnosis and mirtazapine medication. Have been the same weight (+/- 20 lbs) ever since, about 100 lbs overweight (I'm... (more)

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Fly_On_The_Wall 0 · July 24, 2013 at 01:44 AM

I have non-alcoholic fatty liver, which probably means whatever is handled by liver isn't working on full speed. While I'm sure this answer addresses only one peice of the puzzle, a piece is still a piece. Non-fatty liver can apparently... (more)

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by 3967 · June 06, 2013 at 05:22 AM

I gave my mother a list of tests for her to get done, tests that I've heard many on these forums get done, tests that many luminaries in the Paleosphere recommend for their patients, tests that I would get ask for myself were I to go in for a... (more)

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jake3_14 0 · June 06, 2013 at 05:22 AM

"What type of medical background would posit that adrenal panels are of no (zip, zero, nada) benefit for troubleshooting health concerns?" The standard medical school curriculum. Get your mom to see an ND. They treat patients as true partners... (more)

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by 5 · June 04, 2013 at 03:06 PM

Hi, I just received my multiple hormone saliva testing kit today. I ordered it online through Natural Health Direct (Australia) and it will be sent to Aquarian Industries Lab. I'm a 39 year old female and I've got two questions that I didn't... (more)

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CJ_12 0 · June 04, 2013 at 02:55 PM

The cortisol test is usually only accurate by itself as a single saliva test. Also, if you're not on BC regularly and you have normal periods and hormonal functions without it, definitely wouldn't recommend you taking it for only a month. One of... (more)

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by 0 · May 23, 2013 at 04:40 PM

I have problem with sleeping and I think the reason is about cortisol and melatonin. My morning cortisol is just on the high limit of the expected levels for morning and night cortisol just on the low limit of expected levels for night. Melatonin... (more)

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Mash 0 · May 23, 2013 at 04:29 PM

You could possibly try taking some B-12. Effect of Vitamin B12 on Performance and Circadian Rhythems in Normal Subjects: http://www.nature.com/npp/journal/v15/n5/pdf/1380492a.pdf I personally started taking the NOW Methyl B-12 (1000mcg)... (more)

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by 10 · May 21, 2013 at 03:52 PM

I've had dark circles under my eyes since I was a child, which made me conclude that it's probably a genetic thing and that there isn't much that I can do about it. However, they are not constantly there, I notice it changes a lot. For example:... (more)

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Eddie_B 0 · May 21, 2013 at 03:52 PM

I will second this by adding that I had dark circles my entire life until I gave up alcohol, and then got onto paleo. Also changing my lifestyle so I get to bed early and ensure a minimum of 8 hours sleep per night. This took a couple of years but... (more)

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by 406 · April 26, 2013 at 11:50 PM

So in the past 7 months, I've slowly gained about 10 pounds. Incidentally, I started working at a restaurant 7 months ago, and while it may be easy to dismiss my weight gain as being related to being around awesome food every day, I'm tending... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · April 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

What's your schedule look like on any given day, including sleep cycle, meal timing, snacks, work schedule, foods (macro-split), and activity level outside of work (are you resistance training/tabata/walking outside of work and if so how often? (more)

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by 106 · April 09, 2013 at 01:03 AM

I'm wondering if this says anything about my cortisol, etc. I had 24 hour cortisol saliva test done a few years ago, but I think the doctor messed it up and I can't find it. Some other symptoms I have: awful hyperhydrosis (worse when tired or... (more)

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by 53 · April 13, 2013 at 09:03 PM

In one Paleo book, the author describes a Paleo trait of having high cortisol levels upon getting up in the morning which drop down to when it is bedtime, and a modern picture of low cortisol levels in the morning, usually boosted by stimulants,... (more)

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BodyFoodKitchen_com 0 · April 13, 2013 at 09:03 PM

To answer your updated question, cortisol is a stress induced hormone. Anxiety, panic, overtraining at the gym, undernourishment, overall stress all correlate to cortisol levels. If you are carrying extra water weight in the mid section that... (more)

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by 2094 · March 24, 2013 at 02:05 PM

just watching SNL and thinking how amazing it is to have a good laugh every now and then - bet cavemen cracked eachother up way back flintstone times and their mirthful laughter echoed and reverberated throughout the caves ...whats your way to... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · March 24, 2013 at 01:39 PM

Facts Circadian cortisol rhythms peak in the morning, then proceed to decline, with a small dip in the late afternoon and then fall again to their lowest levels after the sun sets. Carbohydrates are the only macronutrient that actually reduce... (more)

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by 5 · April 05, 2013 at 02:09 PM

My AM cortisol was 54.06 (normal range 5.1-40.2) My noon cortisol was 20.87 (normal range 2.1-15.7) My evening cortisol was 28.92 (normal range 1.8-12) My night cortisol was 6.56 (normal range .9-9.2) I'm worried. this seems more extreme than... (more)

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HuntingBears 0 · April 05, 2013 at 08:39 AM

eat a lot of potatoes and bananas and forget the ridiculous low carb bullshit (unless you're trying to lose weight then go to atkins.com)

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by 1190 · March 11, 2013 at 05:15 PM

To explain this more clearly, I know that given a certain intensity level and duration, exercise will cause a cortisol spike which is undesirable. For example, one commonly hears that a weight routine should not last more than 45 minutes if one... (more)

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CDone 0 · March 11, 2013 at 05:15 PM

First, the cortisol reaction to exercise is a GOOD thing. Second, chronic over-training can increase cortisol reaction to a point of negative returns. This does not happen in a single bout of exercise, rather as a result of several weeks or... (more)

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by 1365 · October 30, 2013 at 12:22 AM

So the obvious solution to me is work on relaxing before bed and hopefully that would keep my cortisol lower through the night, but any advice/insight at all is welcome. This explains a problem I've been having: textareatextarea (more)

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Kyle_1 0 · March 15, 2013 at 01:04 PM

Is there a way to bump a thread without responding?

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by 1014 · March 05, 2013 at 08:55 PM

I'm doing a 4 point saliva ASI test today. Should I skip my exercise this evening?

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by 709 · February 24, 2013 at 01:24 AM

The cheapest one I found is http://www.canaryclub.org/specialized-panel-hormone-tests-pm/diurnal-cortisol-4x-zrt-stress-hormone-test-kit-c1-c2-c3-c4.html for $104 where Ill have to join for a free membership Does anyone know of one of the... (more)

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by 709 · May 18, 2013 at 12:38 AM

I haven't gotten the $100+ cortisol test, but feel I know my cortisol levels Morning: Somewhat low (I have trouble waking up and lay in bed for a while before I get up) Afternoon : Normal Evening : Elevated (Can't sleep if I'm even somewhat... (more)

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Justin_12 0 · April 05, 2013 at 09:53 PM

Cortisol solutions don't really involve reducing it at night - that's when it's supposed to peak. The problems you're describing sound like normal insomnia for me. Any advice about good sleep hygiene is going to help. Make sure you have a pitch... (more)

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by 311 · February 05, 2013 at 10:22 PM

We all know that people who produce insufficient cortisol (possible adrenal fatigue/exhaustion) shouldn't make protein the biggest part of their meals. Since consuming protein triggers the release of cortisol (... (more)

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RK 0 · February 05, 2013 at 02:33 PM

Elisaar - I remember struggling with the same concept. I was using Cronometer to plan meals, and just trying to hit the standard 65% fat by cals was hard without going higher on protein. Here is one idea; this is a common breakfast for... (more)