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by 4875 · 6 minutes 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 · 7 minutes 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 7275 · 11 minutes ago

Eight months of eating strict gluten-free paleo after a celiac disease diagnosis, I still don't feel back to normal. Most days it feels like I'm living in molasses and my brain doesn't function well enough for my work. I do have days where I... (more)

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Becky_1 0 · April 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM

my TSH was about the same as yours and I was hypothyroid. I take dessicated thyroid and couldn't live without it. I would suggest visiting a naturopath. They look at optimal ranges not "normal" ranges that are based on unhealthy people. It's... (more)

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by 691 · 11 minutes 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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by 1471 · 13 minutes ago

I have been reading about leptin reset and now am not sure if I need it. Yes I am overweight and the weight is not falling off. over the past 3 weeks I have been under alot of stress due to my job (company) going into bankruptsy and we should have... (more)

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Apex_Predator 0 · February 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

One of the upsides to the Leptin Reset is that it's not risking much. You aren't buying a bunch of stuff, or really doing very much different than you are already doing.

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by 871 · 14 minutes ago

Very interesting thing that has happened in the last couple weeks.. I've been tweaking things week by week...went Very low Carb..under 15g for a about a week, and was eating frequently..fat and protein every couple hours...i started to lean out a... (more)

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grace 0 · February 26, 2012 at 1:19 AM

My observations are that one needs bulletproof adrenals to do IF'ing and VLC (I don't)... and most (conventionally-trained, non-integrative) docs know CR*P about adrenal gland function (as they are ignorant of the HPA-thyroid-gut-gonad axis as... (more)

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by 1310 · 14 minutes ago

Does orgasm lower cortisol levels in men?

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Adam_Crafter 0 · February 24, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Yes, it does: See pages 4 and 5 for charts. Specificity of the neuroendocrine response to orgasm during sexual arousal in men: Journal of Endocrinology (2003) 177, 57???64 Please note the orgasm method in the paper was masturbation to erotic... (more)

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by 5768 · 15 minutes ago

On one of the Paleo Solution podcasts Mat LaLonde revealed that he does a protein fast in the mornings. Rather than fasting all together he has a can of coconut milk upon waking. He says that if you eat a little fat but refrain from eating protein... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · February 06, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I've found my sweet spot to be eating a huge protein+fat breakfast (a la leptin reset), a moderate protein lunch, and a mostly carbs+fat dinner (mashed sweet potatoes with butter and steamed broccoli for example). This allows adequate protein... (more)

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by 6709 · 16 minutes ago

After not eating all night long or not eating for 10-12 hours, ones cortisol/glucagon levels should be a little bit elevated, telling the liver to release glycogen into your blood. But here is my issue, does consuming sugar (glucose-fructose) at... (more)

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PrimalDanny 0 · January 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I could just post random bits of articles but I'll have a go at an answer instead. It's all relative. Depending on the situation, the healthiness of the individual, their typical diet etc. There's no absolute mechanistic link between dietary... (more)

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by 1397 · 16 minutes ago

Does anyone know what the molecular mechanism is behind bovine-derived phosphatidylserine's cortisol blunting effects in response to exercise? Well thought out detailed theories are welcome too!

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TheOriginalKaz 0 · January 30, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Phosphatidylserine is believed to help re-sensitize the hypothalmic-pituitary-adrenal axis to cortisol, thus reducing its... (more)

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by 21405 · 17 minutes ago

This always seems to happen. When I back off of my training, I dial-in my diet, and vice-versa. So, I've started training again and hit about 4 different exercises on Saturday (cleans, front squats, yoke walk, box jumps). Despite keeping my diet... (more)

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PrimalDanny 0 · January 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

My guess? Eat more. With plenty of active recovery - swimming, stretching, walking, yoga. After a long lull I don't try and put additional stress on my body after a hard workout by avoiding the carbs. And I don't imagine I'm capable of having... (more)

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by 215 · 18 minutes ago

I have come to the conclusion that I may have some cortisol regulation issues. Namely I have a hard time falling asleep and feel groggy upon waking which usually lasts for about 30-45 minutes. I love coffee - more for taste than effects, and... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · January 09, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Accordting to Dr Perricone, caffeine content has little to do with cortisol production, that it's the coffee itself. Here is a link - http://www.dailyperricone.com/2010/03/cortisol-the-death-hormone/ So decaf seems to be just as guilty. On... (more)

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by 2565 · 19 minutes ago

Lately I've been researching DHEA as a treatment for anxiety and chronically elevated cortisol levels. But what I'm also finding is that it's an effective treatment for many cases of depression that are resistant to conventional treatments. I... (more)

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holly_1 0 · January 03, 2012 at 5:07 PM

i'm low on dhea and i used it (only 25mg 50 IS A LOT) and it gave me acne..i guess it bumped teh testosterone too much, not sure. i do not think we should be giving kids hormones.

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by 10 · 19 minutes ago

I have been feeling symptoms of high cortisol and/or low testosterone so that prompted me to order some tests to confirm what I was feeling (no sex drive being the main concern, with a bit of depression mixed in). Since ordering the tests, I have... (more)

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Bill_4 0 · January 04, 2012 at 7:54 AM

This guys T isn't low... the conversion has him in the 800's.

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by 2565 · 19 minutes ago

For the past year but especially the past few months I've felt very stressed, had insomnia, unintended weight loss, and other symptoms that I believe indicate I have very high cortisol levels. I'm looking into buying a hormone supplement that... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · December 26, 2011 at 8:13 PM

About a year ago I was very stressed, over sweating but cold extremities, sleep did not refresh me, unintended weight gain and a visibly enlarged thyroid gland. My symptoms were a bit different than yours but I came to the same conclusion that I... (more)

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by 13983 · 20 minutes ago

So I'm five months preggie, and I'm wondering about my leptin management and cortisol levels. For the most part, I sleep about 9 hours a night (I have no choice b/c of the preggie hormones!) and those are pretty regular hours of sleep. Also, my... (more)

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miked_2 0 · December 19, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Well my wife did a 100% paleo pregenancy but didn't stress about things like leptin or cortisol management. Just ate right and got as much sleep as she could. She now feeds our guy 100% paleo breast milk and he sleeps in a dark room. All of... (more)

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by 2565 · 20 minutes ago

Starting about a year ago I began having insomnia for no apparent reason. I've had digestive problems that also have gotten worse over the past year so I think that has something to do with it but I'm not sure. For months I've been taking 5htp... (more)

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Jean_1 0 · December 15, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Very low carb can affect some people as insomnia. It's something to do with adrenalin and low blood sugar. (Someone will be along to explain it, I am sure) Maybe some sweet potato or similar with your evening meal would help.

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by 1683 · 21 minutes ago

I posted a question earlier today (titled Why isnt this working?) and someone said my Crossfit training could be causing too much stress, hindering fat loss...but if thats the case, then why are athletes so lean? Conventionally speaking, I can... (more)

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Anondson 0 · December 02, 2011 at 12:20 AM

Elite athletes being thin because of their athletics is like an elite basketball players is tall because of playing basketball. In other words, it isn't. There is a confounding factor you might be missing. They are probably already genetically... (more)

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by 691 · 22 minutes ago

How to increase your growth hormone naturally? Our Paleo ancestor didn't have the use of isolated amino acids, BCAAs or melatonin to pulse his growth hormone. Most of the proven techniques today to release growth hormone naturally where done by... (more)

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Dorado_Galore 0 · November 21, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Exercise: Lift weights. Do exercises that simultaneously work a lot of major muscle groups. Sprint (on foot or bike, or in pool). Diet: Growth hormone levels increase markedly when insulin levels are low. Chiefly carbs are responsible for... (more)

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by 3244 · 22 minutes ago

Just got off the phone with my Dad who's in the hospital having some tests run. He's had a looong history of cardiovascular disease and diabetes with a heart attack and major surgery about 6 months ago. Coming out of his surgery he had an... (more)

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White_Dolemite 0 · November 18, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Diet alone is not gonna do it. At the very least, he'll have to take large amounts of Vitamin C, B5, and a few others. Adaptogens may be of some help, but with levels that low, he'll likely need to take bioidentical cortisone replacement... (more)

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by 260 · 23 minutes ago

I have a sneaking suspicion my cortisol is low in the am and high at night (I am very alert and awake in the evenings, groggy in the mornings). What are some paleo methods to reverse this?

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Payam 0 · November 17, 2011 at 6:07 PM

I had the same problem but fixed it doing the following.. some of which has been mentioned in other comments. Get on a routine sleeping schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time does wonders. Limit exposure to light late at night... (more)

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by 18671 · 24 minutes ago

I've been reading a lot about cortisol recently, and it seems that the complexities of this hormone in terms of what effects it, and in turn what it effects, have been drastically oversimplified in the Paleo community. Like many other substances... (more)

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Stabby 0 · November 04, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I don't know of anything health-related that you didn't mention, but when a person first falls in love their cortisol levels become high. Cortisol is needed for high-energy, high-vitality functioning, and I don't think that this is a problem, only... (more)

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by 2565 · 24 minutes ago

I've read on different blogs that intermittent fasting puts a strain on the adrenals since it requires them to release cortisol to maintain steady blood sugar levels. Since a ketogenic diet has a similar effect on the body as fasting, does this... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · November 04, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Chris excellent question. Plus one for it. In the brain, Neurons determine how much CBF they need based upon their own metabolic demands. CBF is tightly coupled to CMRO2 given the wide variations in blood pressures. A ketogenic diet works by... (more)

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by 1037 · 24 minutes ago

Recently I have been researching adrenal fatigue, and although I haven't done a salivary cortisol test yet, I suspect I have it, because I have almost every one of the main symptoms except weight gain, and have had these symptoms for many years... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · October 30, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Yes, that is correct explanation. Your adrenal fatigue will become worst via the mechanism you addressed and malnutrition. It doesn't have to be that way, adrenals are plan B, first glucagon kicks in. If there is something wrong with glucagon... (more)

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by 688 · 26 minutes ago

Okay, so I must preface this by saying I'm not a huge Jillian Michaels (or Biggest Loser) fan. However, I do own here workout DVD, The 30 Day Shred. It is basically a 20 minute high-intensity interval program that incorporates strength, cardio,... (more)

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Healthy_Curls 0 · October 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

I did it for a while and injured myself. Unless you're already familiar with proper form (I am not), I highly suggest staying away.

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