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  • #16
    Your going to a funtional med practitioner so I figured they woulda caught that already but its worth a try

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    • #17
      I would really suggest reading this:
      Comprehensive Adrenal Fatigue Article - DrLamŽ - Body. Mind. NutritionŽ

      If you are in the stage of having high cortisol, be thankful you are figuring this out now before it gets even worse (adrenals can't keep compensating and are no longer able to produce enough cortisol). My experience has been that the number one thing for getting better is sleep. Going to bed early without exception is super important. The stricter you are with yourself on this the faster you will get better. Second, would be diet - you are eating great, but should add in some primal starch imo. Did I see you were doing sprints? I would knock that off ASAP. Cortisol trouble + sprints = adrenal crash. Please do yourself a huge favor and don't go there.
      PaleoMom's Diet Recovery Journal
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread82059.html

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      • #18
        There seems to be two very different camps when it comes to food and lowering cortisol. I have a feeling it may be more a matter of sleep, stress, exercise, and supplements. I may lower fat some since I think I am over indulging in the butter and cream. I also want to do more reading on progesterone. I know from test results that my DHEA levels are "robust" as my NP put it, so that is not a concern. She said it was typical to see in someone with PCOS. It would be good to get to the root of problem. Is low progesterone causing high cortisol which causes PCOS and endometriosis? If so, what does that mean?
        For now, it is clear I need to go to bed earlier and maybe shut electronics down sooner. That will be a tough habit to change.
        I will also take the sunflower lecithin at 6 pm to help the cortisol drop better.
        I am stilling hanging on to the hope that I can still workout Sprint 8 style 2x a week in the morning ( 8 cycles of 30 sec high, 1:30 low total 20 min) and then yoga and walking the other days. I love doing mud obstacle races. Maybe i can plan meditation or some other stress relieving activity that same day. My thoughts so far....
        Thank you for this thoughtful discussion so far.
        Favorite Mark Quote: "I train to play."

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        Current: 155 - size 10/12
        Goal:135 - size 8

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
          Forget if you said your a coffee drinker or not, but if you have caffeine in the morning that can be a big problem according to studies like this:

          Caffeinated Coffee Does Not Acutely Affect Energy Intake, Appetite, or Inflammation but Prevents Serum Cortisol Concentrations from Falling in Healthy Men

          Cortisol is naturally high in the morning, but in the coffee drinkers it shows a significant difference in that it stays elevated.
          Actually...

          The effects of tea on psychophysio... [Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2007] - PubMed - NCBI

          Black tea, despite the caffeine content, was shown to lower cortisol levels effectively in individuals who drank multiple cups a day.

          Sooo... There may be something else to blame in the coffee causing the elevated cortisol, but since black tea lowers it, I doubt caffeine is the cause.
          "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Zach View Post
            I have never heard anyone say that high glycemic foods raise cortisol.
            Carbo-people riding the sugar spike/crash cycle certainly seem stressed to hell though.

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            • #21
              That's interesting about the tea. For myself though I have been sensitive to black tea, green tea, coffee, coffee diet pills, too much chocolate. I get the sane over wired, shaky jittery feeling.
              Favorite Mark Quote: "I train to play."

              June 2010: 168.6 -size 16
              Current: 155 - size 10/12
              Goal:135 - size 8

              My Journal

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Drumroll View Post
                Actually...

                The effects of tea on psychophysio... [Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2007] - PubMed - NCBI

                Black tea, despite the caffeine content, was shown to lower cortisol levels effectively in individuals who drank multiple cups a day.

                Sooo... There may be something else to blame in the coffee causing the elevated cortisol, but since black tea lowers it, I doubt caffeine is the cause.
                Or something else you find in tea that significantly counteracts the caffeine that lowers it for that matter.... Ah, confounders. Is there a caffeine only trial on this somewhere?

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