Cortisol is an enemy of muscle growth.

June 17, 2009

Cortisol is a stress hormone put out by our adrenal glands. Many people who are hooked on stimulants may also have high Cortisol levels. Stimulants like coffee produce 2 other stress hormones called epinephrine and norepinephrine. Epinephrine works hand and hand to trigger for more production of Cortisol.

Cortisol is a key marker of over-training. Do you wonder why you see so many people in the gym who workout out hard and get no growth? Cortisol may be the culprit. Too much Cortisol is caused by bad stress.

Cortisol can increase fat while breaking down muscle. Cortisol increases Insulin’s ability to produce more of a fat accumulating hormone called Leptin. Overweight people have high amounts of Leptin. There are many studies showing that stress increases fat around the belly area. Cortisol in smaller doses can work in concert with epinephrine and norepinephrine to speed up the amount of glycogen forced out of the liver to be burnt as energy. These 2 results show that there is a chemical difference between good and bad stress.

Too much Cortisol breaks down muscle for energy and inhibits collagen production and decreases amino acid uptake into muscles. Cortisol can break down collagen in skin ten times faster than any other type of protein. Collagen protein also makes up our connective tissue.

Cortisol acts as a pro-inflammatory hormone to balance potassium and sodium to bring pH back to normal. Supplementation of Magnesium to further balance electrolytes lowers Cortisol. When the body is too acidic many immune system enzymes do not activate. Cortisol can shut down parts of our immune system but can be protective against toxins from bad bacteria.

Cortisol counter acts Nitric Oxide by helping constrict blood vessels in our arms and legs. Cortisol is part of our fight or flight protection system.

Cortisol is produced to counter allergy symptom causing histamine. Cortisol helps control rheumatoid arthritis by regulating potassium.

Cortisol is not a bad hormone but only acts bad when it gets out of balance because of too much bad stress in our lives. Too much stress leads to being a flabby pencil-neck.


Green Tea Improves Circulation

August 8, 2008

Green Tea improves blood circulation by being a vasodilator. Green Tea significantly decreases levels of the bad cholesterol, oxidized LDL. Green Tea also decreases the levels of an immune protective enzymes that fights oxidized LDL, called anti-oxidized LDL IgM antibodies.

Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 27, No. 2, 209-213 (2008)
Published by the American College of Nutrition

Green Tea Reduces LDL Oxidability and Improves Vascular Function

“This study found that consumption of green tea extract by women for five weeks produced modifications in vascular function and an important decrease in serum oxidizability.”

Childhood Eczema Linked to Asthma

July 9, 2008

Both eczema and asthma are auto-immune, pro-inflammatory diseases and are some how linked. Even though the underlying common mechanisms between the two aren’t understood working in general with an anti-inflammatory diet may help a great deal. Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil and citrus fruits high in antioxidant filled bioflavinoids are also as well.

“The incidence of asthma in people from the ages of 8 to 44 who had childhood eczema, was nearly double that of people who had never had eczema,’’ Dr Burgess said.

Runners High Will Protect Against Cancer

June 21, 2008

A protein released called beta-endorphin peptide (BEP) during the “runners high” can protect against cancer. BEP helps protect the body from the spread of cancer cells. BEP increases the effectiveness of Natural Killer (NK) immune cells. NK immune cells surround, attack and destroy the cancer cells. NK immune cells also brings down swelling and slows down the spread of cancer while attacking the cancer.

Norman Cousins cured himself of cancer by laughing himself to health. He was a terminal cancer patient who found out it would cost him and his insurance company less if he moved out of the hospital and into a hotel. He hired a nurse and started watching comedy movies. He cured himself of cancer by laughing and feeling good until he got better. His body took care of the cancer and he went on to live many years and write many books on the subject.

“Scientists have been aware for many years that if cancer patients are not able to deal with the stress associated with being sick, the cancer will progress faster than in calmer patients. To counteract this phenomenon, physicians encourage treatments that help cancer patients handle their stress. Scientists theorized that the stress relief may have come as a result of increased beta-endorphin peptide (BEP), the “feel good” hormones in the brain that are released during exercise, a good conversation, and many other aspects of life that give humans pleasure.”