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by 0 · about 7 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 75 · about 7 hours ago

I have been feeding my kids paleo for well over a year now - I have seen the awesome benefits and completely align myself with the belief that this is how we are meant to eat. I, however, have not been very successful myself. I am definitely a... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · July 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Jen- It's likely that you need to lay off some of the workouts. Actually, you would probably drop the belly fat faster if you didn't work out so intensely. Too much exercise (for women) increases cortisol too much & will inhibit fat... (more)

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by 0 · about 7 hours ago

I've tried everything and my high night time cortisol confirmed by ASI tests, nocturia, and various other sleep problems will not go away. Things I've tried -several types of meditation -high carb -low carb -moderate carb -various... (more)

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by 1649 · about 7 hours ago

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 · about 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 hours ago

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 3:46 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 · about 7 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 1495 · about 7 hours ago

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 65 · about 7 hours ago

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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Kevin_38 0 · July 22, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Take licorice extract first thing in the morning. It's great for people with low cortisol because it conserves the cortisol your body does make. Here's the licorice I take - http://amzn.to/12Z432k One important thing about taking licorice -... (more)

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by 4029 · about 7 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 5 · about 7 hours ago

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 2:55 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 · about 7 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 7 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 7 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 106 · about 7 hours ago

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 · about 7 hours ago

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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foreveryoung 0 · April 13, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Circadian cortisol levels peak in the morning, then proceed to fall, with a small. spike mid afternoon and then fall again. Carbohydrates are the only macro nutrient that actually reduce cortisol levels upon consumption. Take a hint. (more)

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by 2097 · about 7 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 7 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 1195 · about 7 hours ago

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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CD 0 · March 11, 2013 at 5:15 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 1363 · about 7 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 1013 · about 7 hours ago

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

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by 697 · about 7 hours ago

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 697 · about 7 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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