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by 0 · about 3 hours ago

I am 28 years old and have been dealing with fatigue and brain fog for well over 5 years. I did an elimation diet about 3 years ago and has able to figure out the cause of my shortness of breath, headaches and neck pain - egg and soy... (more)

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

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 7:14 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 · about 4 hours ago

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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annado 0 · August 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Hello Alex, I am curious, how did the diet turn out for you ?

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

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 · about 4 hours ago

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 1:22 PM

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

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by 129 · about 4 hours ago

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 1:18 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 4029 · about 4 hours ago

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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paint94979 0 · June 06, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Time for a new doctor

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

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 4:29 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 · about 4 hours ago

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 3:52 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 405 · about 4 hours ago

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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Maria_8 0 · April 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Stress can cause weight gain (it impairs your insulin metabolism, for one) but I'm just not sure you need to be concerned about this particular gain. 118lbs seems alarmingly low for a 5'5" woman. Other than the weight gain, is your body still... (more)

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by 2097 · about 4 hours ago

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 1:39 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 · about 4 hours ago

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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raydawg 0 · April 05, 2013 at 2:09 PM

In general, adrenals are not the cause of high cortisol. Stress itself is, the high cortisol is merely a reaction to high stress. So in parallel with dealing with the stress, there are a few things you can do to support your adrenal glands so... (more)

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by 1363 · about 4 hours ago

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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AxialGentleman 0 · July 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Your results actually look okay to me. When exactly was your "morning" sample taken? If your cortisol is high at the moment you wake up, that's bad. But most healthy people have a big cortisol spike 15-45 minutes after waking. It doesn't mean... (more)

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by 697 · about 4 hours ago

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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Sunnykist 0 · February 22, 2013 at 7:16 AM

I highly recommend the book "The Mood Cure" by Julia Ross. Here is an excerpt about night time cortisol and insomnia. http://www.moodcure.com/pdfs/Townsend-Letter-NNTI%20article.docx.pdf (more)

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by 309 · about 4 hours ago

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 2:33 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)

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by 260 · about 4 hours ago

After doing extensive research on the internet to correct my low cortisol levels especially in the A.M. I found out that pregnenolone and dhea are the most subscribed supplements to counteract low cortisol levels. Pregnenolone is pretty much a... (more)

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drschuler 0 · November 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Seems plausible, yet if damage has been wrought to the adrenal cortex, hypothalamus, and/ or pituitary, more support will be needed. Nutrients and natural products may be used. A lot of these conversions from cholesterol to sex hormones and... (more)

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by 1195 · about 4 hours ago

We know chronically high levels of cortisol lead to storage of abdominal fat. If you led a perpetually risky life where you had to maintain a high level of vigilance and were in constant fear of being caught would you be more likely to have a fat... (more)

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borofergie 0 · October 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Pre paleo, I always found having a big belly a bit of an obstacle to the whole adultery thing.

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by 5 · about 4 hours ago

Really confused about what to do. I love to bike and run but it seems to hurt more than help. I suspect that I have low morning cortisol (I feel like a zombie until about 4 and have felt this way for a year now). Ive been going to the doctors... (more)

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caban 0 · August 26, 2012 at 6:06 PM

To answer your question in the comments: It probably means that you have weak nervous system at the moment. And the reason for that I would guess is too much stress on your body ( physical, psychic or both ). Since you also can't sleep properly,... (more)

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by 25 · about 4 hours ago

I have been trying to figure out the best time of day to exercise to decrease my cortisol-I think I might have a cortisol issue. For the past 1.5 years I've done crossfit 3 days a week at 6am, so I get up by alarm at 5:15 have coffee then work... (more)

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CD 0 · August 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Exercise that stresses the body raises corisol. However, rest and repairing muscles reduces cortisol. You need to push your system hard (whether it is running or lifting) and focus on sleep to reduce your cortisol levels.

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by 1173 · about 4 hours ago

i have noticed something very strange since i started pursuing a ketogenic diet about a week ago. i have always considered myself immune to the effects of caffeine since i drank many cups of black tea and coffee a day for the past 8 or so years... (more)

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HuntingBears 0 · August 18, 2012 at 3:31 PM

VLC = lots of cortisol etc, unless you're body is suited to it it's bad times, paticularly for peoplpe like me prone to anxiety and depression, coffee stimulates cortisol etc that's how it wakes you up by inducing a fight or flight response that... (more)

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by 150 · about 4 hours ago

Just concluded a 90 day monitoring of my blood sugar. Sampled 3x a day: Morning (dawn) FBS (average: 90) 2 hours after lunch (average: 85) Bedtime (average: 81, 79 when I throw out a 'couple benders, but even a whole bottle of wine can't get my... (more)

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Nasty_Brutish_and_Short 0 · August 11, 2012 at 4:58 AM

You don't have Dawn phenomenon, your blood sugars are completely normal. Blood glucose spikes due to the Dawn phenomenon are perhaps an order of magnitude higher than what you're experiencing. As to your question about higher morning blood... (more)

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by 70 · about 4 hours ago

Question for you guys! (I should be asking my D.O., but it is frankly awkward as I am thinking he gave me the wrong supplement for the opposite condition) I took a saliva cortisol/DHEA test. I am not posting the numbers since I know all labs use... (more)

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Drew_aka_CrossFit_Junkie 0 · August 06, 2012 at 11:43 PM

So what it looks like is the supplement he gave you is meant to support the adrenal glands. In the earliest stages of adrenal(stage 2 it seems you're in, if at all), cortisol is too high, as a result of too much stress. Cortisol itself is not the... (more)

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by 4875 · about 5 hours ago

To preface, I'd like to get my terminology correct: is all dietary induced inflammation necessarily caused by pro-inflammatory cytokines and eicosanoids? Or are there other methods as well? I know: That Gluten induces a cytokine response,... (more)

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August 0 · May 10, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Dr. Art Ayers makes a brief explanation of inflammation here- What's Opposite of Inflammation. Long term elevated weakens the body, but I don't know if there is a direct relationship to inflammation. A surplus of cortisol usually means a... (more)

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by 33 · about 5 hours ago

I have read that Magnesium can act as a powerful laxative. Although I eat clean Paleo and have been for over four months now (no cheats, eggs, dairy, nightshades etc), I currently am suffering with stress related IBS which is getting worse and... (more)

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J__Stanton___gnolls_org 0 · April 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

This is an easy problem to solve! Magnesium citrate is a laxative. Try using one of the other magnesium chelates, e.g. Magnesium malate Magnesium glycinate Magnesium aspartate Magnesium orotate Magnesium threonate None of them have the... (more)

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by 691 · about 5 hours ago

Do you need to embrace hunger pains or should you have the feeling of not being hungry? The hunger hormone Ghrelin is tightly connected with growth hormone. Recent studies have also shown that high levels of hunger or ghrelin in the body... (more)

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Nance 0 · March 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Yes. And I'm not kidding. I know I'm doing well when I wake up not hungry aka burning fat. I sip coffee all morning that has heavy cream and a little honey in it. I don't eat until mid-day to mid-afternoon, when I have gut-driven hunger pangs... (more)

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