338: How To Lower High Cortisol, The Groundbreaking High-Fat Endurance Study, What Causes Low HRV & More!

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November 11, 2015 Podcast: How To Lower High Cortisol, The Groundbreaking High-Fat Endurance Study, What Causes Low HRV & More!

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How To Lower High Cortisol

Dean says: He's a masters athlete – a road cyclist. He also has a high stress job and a ‘wound up' personality. He's been in a cycle of everything going great with training, then he gets sick, has to reset, goes great with training and the cycle starts all over again. He had a conversation with his physio about elevated cortisol levels and the impact a stressful lifestyle can have on cortisol. He's interested to hear your opinion on how elevated cortisol can make you sick, even if you're very fit and what can be done naturally to work around it, and particularly the role that caffeine may have on elevated cortisol.

In my response, I recommend:

  • The Cortisol Connection book
  • Seven best ways to stop stress
  • Supplements:
    • Chinese adaptogenic herbs such as TianChi or InnerPeace, which can fine-tune your adrenals and help you to begin producing cortisol and adrenaline.
    • High electrolyte intake, preferably with liquid trace minerals or quality salt, both of which can restore precious minerals that your body tends to lose when you're low on cortisol.
    • High dose vitamin D/K complex 35IU/Vitamin D per pound of body weight and huge amounts of morning sun exposure to ensure that you produce the necessary building blocks to restore hormones.
    • 2,000 to 5,000 milligrams of a Vitamin C source each day (or basically, as much vitamin C as you can take until you get lose bowels). Your adrenal glands are one of the #1 storage sources of Vitamin C in your body, and to become severely depleted in Vitamin C in a case of adrenal fatigue.
    • 4-6g per day of a good fish oil that contains vitamin E with mixed tocopherols (I recommend SuperEssentials) to reduce inflammation and restore the health of the nervous system.
    • A B-complex supplement that is high in B6 and pantothenic acid, both of which tend to be severely depleted during adrenal fatigue (I recommend Lifeshotz for this).
    • Red ginseng at approximately 6g/day, which stimulates the body to begin producing cortisol again.
    • Licorice root extract at 200-400 mg, which reduces the half-life of cortisol and allows it to be broken down at a slower rate by the body.

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Ryan says: His grandmother was a paranoid schizophrenic. He's worried about becoming schizophrenic himself. He's 24 and has not displayed any symptoms yet. He was hoping that you could give him a list of lifestyle factors like stress and food to avoid any epigenetic expression of schizophrenia. What do you suggest?

In my response, I recommend:

Can You Use Protein Powder When Breastfeeding?

Danella says: She has been using the MHP Paleo protein which is beef and egg white protein. She noticed when she went to reorder that it wasn't suitable for nursing mums.  She's currently nursing an 8 month old and she couldn't find any information online about why it's not suitable. Can you shed some light on what the issue is, and what protein is OK to use while nursing?

In my response, I recommend:

What Causes A Low HRV?

Shane says: He's been testing his HRV with Sweetbeat for a couple of months and he's consistently low – between 17-35. He pegs the stress meter even when he turns the sensitivity to the lowest. What does it mean when HRV is that low? When can he find something specific?

In my response, I recommend:


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3 thoughts on “338: How To Lower High Cortisol, The Groundbreaking High-Fat Endurance Study, What Causes Low HRV & More!

  1. thearthurdog says:

    Hey guy just managed to listen to the podcast. Thanks very much for responding to my questions about Cortisol and for all the great advice – Dean.

    1. No worries Dean – thanks for calling it in!!!

  2. damdamdam says:

    Jews and Montana farmers are more resilient to high cortisol ?! Just checking: do you believe that's an evolutionary mechanism ?

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