Category: Cortisol

Stress

stressStress causes the whole body to function poorly, it causes an inflammatory response in the body, and all systems either over work and or under perform.

Adrenal Glands

The adrenal glands respond to stress by releasing cortisol, and adrenaline; the continuedover use of the adrenals causes a condition called “adrenal fatigue”. Adrenal fatigue decreases, causes thyroid and hormonal function to decline. Fatigue, muscle weakness, wake up tired, irritability, decreased sexual function, anxiety, and depression are signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

Breathing techniques, hobbies, stress management courses, exercise, sleep, supplementing the adrenals, brain and thyroid help correct stress related conditions. The L3W program helps the body run more efficiently, which will help combat physiological, neurogenic and emotional stress.

There is no one organ/gland that works alone…Stress also affects the Gut>Brain>Immune system train.  These all work together, when excessive stress is forced on the body. The brain will start to have dysfunction due to psychological components and pathophysiological components. The brain will crave sugar and other substances to deal with the stress. In turn, the poor food choices will inflame the gut. When the gut is inflamed, the immune system starts to fail. The body goes into a vicious cycle until it fails and the patient gets sick.

Stress is definitely the hardest thing to correct on a patient. There is no adjustment or pill to help money problems, sickness, marital problems, work issues and family problems. Each individual has to try and construct their own stress dissolver. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Andropause

andropause-treatment-imgMale hormone production naturally start decreasing at age 38, and the decline is accelerated by excessive exercise and stress.  Male hormones are mainly produced in the Testicles and Adrenal Glands. The signs and symptoms of Andropause include: low libido, mood swings, depression, low motivation, erectile dysfunction and lack of focus.

We recommend the male patient first implements the L3W wellness program. The program enhances organ and gland performance, and gives the patient the right food combination for the individual. This combination will increase hormone production naturally.

We then recommend a trans-dermal Bio-identical hormone protocol. Hormone replacement done right includes different negative feedback components. You just can’t take blood test for Testosterone give a patient Testosterone by itself (It’s not that easy).

We Recommend:

Saliva Testing:  Saliva testing works better to read hormones, for compounded gels and cream versus blood testing.andropause1

  • Compounded Testosterone: 5-7mg/day, which is 30%-50% less dosage then the lowest dose of androgel.
  • Chrysin:  Estrogen Blocker….very important for a male to take, because Testosterone therapy will increase the Estrogens. Excessive Estrogen will increase belly fat, make breast tissue, and make guys cry at football games.
  • HCG: Low dose HCG to maintain Testicle size and production. Testosterone shuts down the Testicles because they do not need to function, since the therapy is replacing the bodies Testosterone. HCG should be used for anyone under 40 and still wants to have children.
  • DHEA:  Low dose of DHEA is recommended for Adrenal function.
  • DIM:  This converts the bad estrogen to good estrogen.

We feel these five components are necessary for a male to receive optimal hormone replacement therapy. Call a Live Longer Live Provider to get started.

Robert D. Stein D.C., ABAAHP

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About Your Work Out

Work Outweights

The purpose of working out is to provide training loads that are effective in improving performance, reduce fat, increase strength, muscle density and give a person a feeling of well being.

The most common mistake is working out too much. Believe it or not, over training and not eating enough will reduce results and performance. The person should eat the right combination of food for them (Biochemical Type) 2+ hours before their workout.  Muscle fibers get micro tears during the proper workout. Eating protein after the workout helps replenish and fuel the muscle. And the most important component is Rest. Rest repairs the muscle tissue and allows growth. Over training does not allow the rest and repair. So muscle development might be hindered without the proper amount of healing.

Intense exercise has cardiovascular rewards but it also stresses the system. The physiological effects are as follows:  Increased Cortisol, Dysglycemia, amino acid deficits, mineral deficits, immune stress (adrenal glands), can create catabolic metabolism, makes you prone to injury and can decrease metabolic efficiency.

New Cardio EquipmentWe are in favor of a moderate exercise regime, moderate workouts lower fat thermostat, improve sugar metabolism, increase fat burning enzymatic activity in muscle, improve oxygenation of tissue, increase bone density and muscle to fat ratio, reduce fluid retention and stress hormones.

Our recommendation is a 4 day workout regime (2 days on, 1 day off; then 2 days on, followed by 2 days off), which includes weight training. The weight training should alternate muscle groups per workout; (example:  Chest/triceps, biceps/legs, and shoulder/back). We advise an 8-12 repetition protocol to build muscle density (45-75mins) followed by 20 minute maximum cardio 2x your resting heart rate. This is a diabetic workout, but we feel this workout is best for everyone.

Sleep

Sleep.

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Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

Sleep isn’t exactly a time when your body and brain shut off. While you rest, your brain stays busy, overseeing a wide variety of biological maintenance that keeps your body running in top condition, preparing you for the day ahead.

Your sleep schedule, bedtime habits, and day-to-day lifestyle choices can make an enormous difference to the quality of your nightly rest. Everyone should get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep. The first four hours are responsible for body recovery; the last four hours are responsible for mental recovery. You should eat at least 2 hours before sleep, the longer before bedtime, the better. If the person eats poorly for dinner or dessert, they will have sugar spikes and insulin surges, which will have the adrenal glands release cortisol through the night. The body will not get the restorative rest needed and you will wake up tired. The body will crave the caffeine and sugar first thing in the morning and then the whole process will start again.

Sleep is the biggest anti-inflammatory, that’s why the body feels more comfortable when is cooler in the room at night.

The health benefits of a good night’s sleep are: Memory and brain function improvement, more stamina and better performance, reduce stress and improve quality of life.

Some of the consequences of sleep deprivation can include: Decreased performance and alertness, memory and cognitive impairment, stress, occupational or automobile injury, heart disease, diabetes and psychiatric problems. It is also very hard to lose weight without restorative sleep.

The L3W program usually gets great results with sleep quality. It normally takes only 2-3 days to improve a patient’s sleep.

Exercise

Exercise and physical activity is the path to health and well-being.

exercisePatients can exercise 4-5 times per week. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday workout schedule is optimal. 1-1.5 hours of exercise is optimal.

Lose weight goal: keep the heart rate steady at a 60-65% of highest heart rate. Walking steady on a flat surface for 45-60 minutes straight is optimal. Try and keep the heart rate at 106-116 depending on age. Walk at 3.0-3.3 mph. Fat is the lowest source of energy, so with a low heart rate the body uses fat for energy. As the heart rate increases the body bypasses fat and uses muscle (glycogen) for energy. People think that excessive sweating is burning fat, but in reality sweating is the body cooling itself off and is water weight. The returns back to normal after eating and drinking.

Cardio goal: To strengthen the heart muscle and increase endurance the heart rate can get up to 70-80% of the heart rate. Try and do a 30 minute training session. Patients should only do hard cardio 3x per week maximum. Too much cardio exercise can cause adrenal fatigue. It is very common to get a flat line cortisol from excessive exercise. A flat line cortisol will cause insulin resistance, in which makes it very difficult to lose belly fat. The thyroid can be affected by excessive exercise, when the adrenal glands are stressed or not functioning optimally, the thyroid will not convert T4 into T3 properly (Thyroid Hormone). So the Master Gland (Thyroid) can be compromised, in which will affect the entire endocrine system. The excessive exercise can decrease Hormone production for males and females. Testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, and Estrogens are produced in the adrenal glands; the excessive exercise can decrease hormone production. Professional athletes have the tendency to have very low hormones when they reach the late 30’s and early 40’s. Excessive exercise can have a negative effect on the body!!!


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