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Posted by: 1740 (Guest), Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 12:25pm
I'm getting closer and closer in figuring out my massive hair loss at the onset of menopause and stress, thanks to everyone on this site.  Your input is so greatly appreciated!  {{{Hugs}}}

My question is:  How can one better control their CORTISOL during stessful periods?  My Cortisol/Adrenals have been going hay-wire these last few years, which of course taxes our thyroid as well, which I'm certain is my case.

I have been taking Cortiguard, but it doesn't seem to be enough.  I do exercise, as I am a runner/walker.

Any other suggestons/supplements I should be taking?  In researching further, I learned I should take Pantothenic Acid (B5).

I wonder what Dr. D would suggest. I sure wish I could afford to visit his clinic.

Thank You!

Rose
Posted by: Lloyd, Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 2:00pm; Reply: 1
Yoga/meditation should be particularly useful. You might also try alternate nostril breathing.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 3:37pm; Reply: 2
in your case, I would first have my secretor test done as well as the whole serotyping panel....
then follow the fatigue book and the menopause books religiously!

pantethine is recommended in the fatigue protocols....
pls check it out and finetune your diet and lifestyle accordingly.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 3:47pm; Reply: 3
Quoted from Lola
....then follow the fatigue book


until the Adrenal Health Series book comes out, that is.  ;)
Posted by: 1740 (Guest), Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 6:47pm; Reply: 4
Thanks everyone for your input.  I just love this BTD and especially all the wonderful, knowledgable and great people on this forum.

I already do Yoga, which is great.  I tried the Nostril breathing, and aside from looking like I'm picking my nose when I'm driving, it's, well. . . ok.  Maybe I need to perfectit.

I am going to pick up some B5 supplement tonight along with Vitamin C, which I read is good for stress.  And probably some Biotin for my hair.

I also agree, I should get my secretor test and serotyping panel done.  Yup, I decided I shall.

Keep the wonderful tips coming.

Wishing everyone a most fabulous day!  
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 7:34pm; Reply: 5
Quoted from 1740

I already do Yoga, which is great.  I tried the Nostril breathing, and aside from looking like I'm picking my nose when I'm driving, it's, well. . . ok.  Maybe I need to perfectit.


Rose, honey, don't do it while you're driving..It should be done after practicing yoga, and before meditation in that order.  It's meant to calm and balance the body and it's hard to do that when you're trying to drive.
Posted by: Ribbit, Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 7:55pm; Reply: 6
I turn the radio on to a calming station (not anything with a quick, heavy beat--that makes it worse!) and listen to nice music in the car.  Or bring along a calming CD.  I don't listen to any more news than I have to because it makes me worry.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 8:11pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from Ribbit
I don't listen to any more news than I have to because it makes me worry.


yeah, no kiddin'!! I don't read the newspaper or watch the news - what I get comes from the radio, family, friends. They don't report anything good, just the bad. Who needs that diet on a daily basis?  :-/
Posted by: Chloe, Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 9:57pm; Reply: 8
I would also suggest to eat 3 meals a day and have 2 small snacks. Never let your blood sugar
drop too low because it often causes the feeling of panic or anxiety.... Low blood sugar
is something that became exaggerated when I turned 45..... What I noticed during the worst of my menopausal years was an inability to control my blood sugar...and it affected my mood greatly when my sugar dropped...

If I tried to compensate by eating sweets and heavy carbs (because I didn't know any better
and craved a quick fix)  I felt exhausted and drowsy afterwards. And then my adrenals crashed.. I couldn't sleep through the night and I woke up  feeling tired.  For me, controlling my blood sugar changed my roller coaster mood issues because it made me feel balanced
all over.

I try to eat every 3 hours...and something with protein, good quality carbs and some fats.
I never eat big meals, knowing that a few hours later I can have a snack.  My snacks are
often nuts and something that won't shock my blood sugar with high glycemic carbs.

I enjoy meditating. I would suggest you try that.  I joined a meditation group years ago
and learned how to breathe deeply and slowly and focus on just my breathing.  Yoga is
helpful.  So is a massage and a day of pampering at a spa if you can afford it!







Posted by: 794 (Guest), Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 10:14pm; Reply: 9
I think I'm having similiar issues as you.  I can not handle stressful situations well at all, I start shaking, the whole bit.  Whenever I get like this I take some rhodiola and it eases the stress factor to almost none.  The tincture form helps me a lot more than the pills.  Some other ones that help me are choline, 5 HTP, tyramine.
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, July 31, 2008, 12:18am; Reply: 10
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=BT017A

I drink the Sip Right Tea for type A before I go to bed at night.  Very relaxing. It's got
chamomile which is calming and licorice which helps the adrenals.  It tastes and
smells wonderful.  
Posted by: italybound, Thursday, July 31, 2008, 3:06am; Reply: 11
Quoted from Chloe
...Sip Right Tea for type A... licorice which helps the adrenals.  


do you have more info on that? :-)    
Posted by: 794 (Guest), Thursday, July 31, 2008, 3:12am; Reply: 12
Ummm, I was doing research on the adrenals and cortisol and read that in the whole process of cortisol conversions these elements are used,
NH4, Urea, Sodium, cortisteroid, amino acids, hormones...Are the main ingredients of urine?  Try drinking some urine... ??)
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, July 31, 2008, 4:15am; Reply: 13
I know people who do, and believe the first urine in the mornings is the best!!

I prefer simply living right to the best of my abilities! :)
Posted by: monstar, Thursday, July 31, 2008, 5:55am; Reply: 14
Hi Rose,
I can sympathise, I also have a hard time dealing with stress. I also take cortiguard which by the way has pantothenic acid in it. Have a look at your bottle for quantities, I don't know what the recommended dose is for combating stress but sometimes there needs to be a balance with different vitamins and minerals in order to be absorbed/utilised correctly, so adding a separate source of B5 might not be the best option?

I definitely don't have stress beaten but all of the previous posters recommendations are worth a look in. In addition I find that I have to just stop and talk myself out of being stressed sometimes - sounds a bit silly but sometimes (with me anyway) the stress comes from an overreaction, if you can recognise that and deal with it then you can sometimes find some relief (doesn't work for all stress but can help for some of the acute stuff).

hope you're feeling the serenity soon  :)
Posted by: 521 (Guest), Thursday, July 31, 2008, 11:00am; Reply: 15
Nothing lowers cortisol better than a stable cuddle buddy.
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Thursday, July 31, 2008, 12:22pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from Chloe
Low blood sugar is something that became exaggerated when I turned 45..... What I noticed during the worst of my menopausal years was an inability to control my blood sugar...and it affected my mood greatly when my sugar dropped...


Chloe, I have the same problem! I really need to have my blood sugar checked..I'm not in the mood to have a 5 hour glucose tolerance done.. :P Can't they tell just by a regular blood glucose level?

I drink the Sip Right for A's during the day..I agree Chloe, I LOVE the scent! I stick my face in the can..lol.. I told my co-worker to smell it and she thought it smelled terrible..She's a B. :)
Posted by: LarryC., Thursday, July 31, 2008, 12:40pm; Reply: 17
Rose: read the tread Plateau Eat Righters Mini Conference and try to come, you are not that far away, and what you will learn, from it as well as the people that you get to talk to and you may have a ghange to talk to Dr. D. himself face to face.
Posted by: italybound, Thursday, July 31, 2008, 3:04pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from 815
Chloe, I have the same problem! I really need to have my blood sugar checked..I'm not in the mood to have a 5 hour glucose tolerance done.. :P Can't they tell just by a regular blood glucose level?


Just have your blood sugar checked (by blood), at 8AM.........nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before. That should suffice. Of course if you pay attn to your body and you're getting the 'signs', you prob already know.  ;)  But never hurts to know for sure. Makes it a little more like "ok I have to eat now to keep the b/s up" and not ignore the feelings. :-0
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Thursday, July 31, 2008, 3:12pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from italybound


Just have your blood sugar checked (by blood), at 8AM.........nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before. That should suffice. Of course if you pay attn to your body and you're getting the 'signs', you prob already know.  ;)  But never hurts to know for sure. Makes it a little more like "ok I have to eat now to keep the b/s up" and not ignore the feelings. :-0


Thanks IB. I'll have to break down and have it done before I go back to Dr. D. I want to give him my risk factor results.
(If I can stop cheating already!  :(  )

Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, July 31, 2008, 4:36pm; Reply: 20
Holy Basil is a wonderful herb, recommended for type A's for lowering cortisol.  (See the Blood Type Encyclopedia)

It can relax some people so much that they get sleepy, so try it in the evenings.

If you can't locate it in a natural food store, HERE is one good brand.
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, July 31, 2008, 6:52pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from italybound


do you have more info on that? :-)    


http://www.theherbsplace.com/licorice_root_p_418.html

Posted by: 794 (Guest), Thursday, July 31, 2008, 8:58pm; Reply: 22
Sometimes where the stress is coming from is vague.  I live with my brother and I never knew it until lately that he is constantly stressing me out.  He has adrenal problems and I think it affects his relationships with people because he tends to stress about everything.  I love my brother but it's to hard for me so I'm moving out soon, we'll both be happier.
Posted by: Ribbit, Saturday, August 2, 2008, 5:33pm; Reply: 23
My sister and I drove each other nuts when we were growing up.  She was younger but domineering and I was passive and it made her angry.  She'd rant and rave and I'd just sit there and take it.  lol  It made her madder because I wouldn't respond.

We got along better when we could switch rooms and we weren't in each other's way all the time.  Siblings are nicer at a distance sometimes, Saverain.
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, April 3, 2014, 1:06am; Reply: 24
Quoted from 794
Sometimes where the stress is coming from is vague.  I live with my brother and I never knew it until lately that he is constantly stressing me out.  He has adrenal problems and I think it affects his relationships with people because he tends to stress about everything.  I love my brother but it's to hard for me so I'm moving out soon, we'll both be happier.
I know this is an old thread but I wonder what his blood type was (A)?

Thought it was worth resurrecting, as I just read an interesting article (albeit 2011 and from Mercola, but hey - it may still be useful?!) on fructose/glucose and cortisol levels and for those who do suffer from raised cortisol, I wanted to post the info to keep it together...(no pun intended)

Your Brain Reacts to Fructose and Glucose in Very Different Ways


"This latest study is intriguing, as it shows that the difference between fructose and glucose is not just limited to how they're metabolized in your body; your brain also reacts to these two sugars in entirely different ways.

Nine healthy, normal-weight subjects received either glucose, fructose, or saline (as the control). Their brains were then scanned to evaluate activity around the hypothalamus, which is a key player in appetite control and production of metabolic hormones.

Interestingly, the researchers discovered that the "cortical control areas" surrounding the hypothalamus responded very differently to each substance:

Glucose significantly raised the level of neural activity for about 20 minutes
Fructose reduced neural activity in the area for about the same amount of time
Saline had no effect on neural activity

So, what does this mean?

At this point, the implications of these differences are unclear. The Chicago Tribune reported that:

'At this point, said [lead researcher] Purnell in a phone interview, it means nothing more than that the two substances did prompt different responses in the brain--that the brain did not respond to them identically.

Within some of the "cortical control areas" where differences were seen, lie some important neural real estate, including regions where notions of reward and addiction are processed.

As scientists have a closer look in future studies, they should be able to zero in on which specific areas are affected differently by the two forms of sugar."

So, time will tell what these latest findings really mean, but we already know that fructose has a detrimental impact on two hormones involved with satiety and hunger, namely leptin and ghrelin, and that this influence sets in motion a vicious cycle of hunger, increased food intake, and increased fat storage'..."

Fructose Affects Your Brain Very Differently than Glucose
articles.mercola.com/.../new-study-confirms-fructose-affects-yo...‎
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