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by 168 · August 27, 2013 at 08:19 AM

Stress reduction is a major component of the paleo lifestyle. Yet while the paleo books have detailed guidelines for diet & exercise, they provide few details on how to reduce stress. Do any of you still have high stress even when living... (more)

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LateralFractal 0 · August 27, 2013 at 08:19 AM

Eustress (i.e. optimal acute stressors) primarily applies to physical muscles and organs; the brain is rarely lacking in minimum stimuli/stress unless a feeling of boredom or ennui overwhelms you. If your body is being looked after then that... (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 1190 · March 01, 2013 at 10:53 PM

http://www.pureencapsulations.com/media/CortisolCalm.pdf It looks like mainly D3, a little Vit C and some herbal extracts. Taking ZMA at night and D3 in the morning has improved my sleep tremendously, but I still wake up to pee once a night... (more)

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Criddersen 0 · March 01, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Based on your question cortisol, you may find the Paleo Sleep Challenge to be a good way to track the impact it has on you sleep. Here is the link to sign-up (it is FREE). The idea is to help you establish sleep goals. The goals will revolve... (more)

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by 145 · February 14, 2013 at 07:26 PM

So, I work 3 twelve hour night shifts a week. Normally they are all in a row. The night before they start I usually stay up til 1 or 2 in the morning or nap before the day of. I get off work at 7:30, try to be in bed by 8:30 am and get 8 full... (more)

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Chanda 0 · February 14, 2013 at 07:26 PM

I'm kind of in your situation, and I've found that drinking herbal teas that are meant to help you relax help a lot with sleeping. There's one brand called Traditional Medicinals that makes a Sleep Aid tea that tastes pretty good. That might help... (more)

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by 250 · December 23, 2012 at 07:03 PM

I've had a problem with high cortisol for a while. I freaked out after gaining 20 pounds on insulin therapy, and started having some (very) disordered eating. After trying to 'fix' that, I ended up at an all-time high of 175 lbs, still without... (more)

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Hannah__1 0 · December 23, 2012 at 06:25 PM

Symlin is a synthetic amylin hormone. It can be taken before meals with insulin and does a number of things including stopping the secretion of glucagon from your liver in times of stress. It's also aids in appetite suppression. It won't reduce... (more)

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by 100 · September 25, 2012 at 03:43 PM

I've read that Holy Basil will lower cortisol levels. Does anyone know of anything else that will do that?

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dzone 0 · September 25, 2012 at 03:18 PM

Meditation.........

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by 353 · August 24, 2012 at 03:57 PM

I have recently been told that I am likely battling a Cortisol issue. Life is high stress, so I'm not surprised. I am having trouble putting my thumb on some concrete things I could be doing/ not doing to combat the issue. There's only so much... (more)

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August 0 · August 24, 2012 at 03:57 PM

Raw honey (I suspect plain sucrose would work too) before bed seems to help. The theory behind this one is that the fructose encourages the liver to take up glucose. The liver then provides the brain a nice steady trickle of glucose all night,... (more)

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by 70 · June 20, 2013 at 06:29 PM

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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Kkearn 0 · June 20, 2013 at 06:29 PM

I also have adrenal fatigue and am taking armour..I was told by my Dr. that I can not take Adrenal Complex because it has glanulars in it and you can't take thyroid glanulars with adrenal glanulars so I was told to take AdrenaTone..

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by 244 · July 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

I'm a high school athlete who wants to lose fat and gain muscle. On weekdays, I wake up at 6am, ride my bike to school to workout, and train for about 2-4 hours. My training usually involves some cardio(running, bike machine, sprints), and being... (more)

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Someone_who_actually_knows 0 · July 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

You can't gain muscle and lose fat at the same time unless you train hard or you will in fact get fatter. Every olympic athlete goes through phases of bulking and cutting. Use Cronometer or some nutritional counter to keep track and make sure you... (more)

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by 1669 · April 17, 2012 at 08:24 PM

Just like with the "Leptin Reset" is there a "Cortisol Reset"?! Ive been told by EVERYONE that my cortisol has to be through the roof...I work out 5 days a week, take the dog on 2 mile walks almost daily, have an active job, am a full time... (more)

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amplify 0 · April 17, 2012 at 08:24 PM

Everyone may have no idea what they are talking about. You mentioned you were compliant on your diet but didn't say what that was exactly. Walking a dog and riding a horse should be cortisol-lowering activities. Perhaps you are eating too much. (more)

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by 1397 · June 21, 2012 at 03:22 PM

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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Bill1102inf 0 · January 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Have you read this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1997116/?tool=pmcentrez

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by 10878 · June 25, 2011 at 11:04 PM

I just have a quick question. So I usually wake up around 4:30am and then around 6:30 to nurse my baby. We co-sleep so I don't have to really get up but sometimes during the 6:30 feeding I wake up really zippy but force myself to go back to sleep... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · June 25, 2011 at 01:42 AM

Eating as soon as you rise is designed to destroy your AM cortisol level. It is not done to piss you off. It's based purely upon our hormone status. Once you get in that groove you will see some amazing benefits for a paleo lifestyle.......try... (more)

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by 4240 · June 03, 2011 at 02:51 PM

I was helping my buddy with some dietary changes. When reviewing breakfast he mentioned he supplements with glutamine to lower cortisol in the morning. I've never heard that before? Does glutamin help with cortisol?

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Eric_12 0 · June 03, 2011 at 02:45 AM

Cortisol counteracts your HGH and Glutamine increases it... that is one reason I try not to exerice over 45 minutes at a time to prevent cortisol

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by 482 · April 12, 2011 at 01:01 AM

I'm currently trying to reduce my cortisol. Does any anyone have any success stories as it relates to reducing cortisol. What did you eat? How did you train? What supplements did you take? etc.

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Mark_V 0 · April 11, 2011 at 10:11 PM

This worked for me: Eliminate caffeine, sugar, all processed foods, no grains. Take at least one full day off between workouts and rest. Get plenty of sleep. Reduce mental stress, don't get anxious or angry over anything. Spend time meditating or... (more)

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by 362 · January 10, 2012 at 05:30 PM

I started Paleo last week and apart from losing some weight, I don't feel any difference at all. I used to be sleepy all the time and I still feel the same. I am 24yr old male. I really think my cortisol levels are jacked up high Sleepy... (more)

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Bizzy_Bee 0 · October 25, 2010 at 05:11 AM

Hey Ivan, Stress and not getting enough sleep is detrimental regardless if you have adapted to a paleo way of living or not. I get Cortisol Manager by Integrative therapeutics from my acupuncturist. It's a natural, herb based formula to help... (more)

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by 22684 · October 26, 2012 at 04:51 PM

Can everyone share their favorite stress reducing paleo related comic/cartoon funnies?

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CDone 0 · October 26, 2012 at 04:51 PM