Too Many Supplements, Stress and Stimulants Raise Cortisol Levels
by Johnny Delirious
In my 30 years of being a professional in the health industry, what I am about to write here is the most difficult concept to convey to anyone; professional or layman. Fortunately, many psyco-neurologists will understand and support me, however most people will reject my view before they even finish reading this article. One reason is I am talking about stopping common habits standard in our lifestyle and culture. They are considered, normal but what I am proposing might seem impossible or too much to ask or to believe, but here it goes. To get rid of arthritis, avoid cancer, excess weight and bothersome stress once and for all, stop drinking coffee/ sodas, stop taking too many supplements or anything that is caffeinated like green, grey or black teas. So no energy drinks like Red Bull, Rock Star and the like. The best way to stop is just go cold turkey and stop at once and altogether. That way it is quicker and easier. Yes, that is too much to imagine; much less ask people to do because it is all a normal part of our culture. But just like the over whelming increase in the caffeine revolution with Starbucks, coffee shops and energy drinks; so has the increase in supplement use and equally proportional is an increase in scooter sales with all the health problems associated with it. These include Arthritis, bone fragility, weight gain etc. These problems have now become a normal part of our culture. NORMAL? Just ask any boomer over 60 and I bet they would tell you that 30 years ago, there were no scooters, coffee shops and no one took vitamin supplements! Now, today; when you go to a big box store like Walmart, and strolling through the vitamin aisle you hear the beeps all the time, so you better get out of the way, cause a scooter is coming your way. Yes, we live longer, but that is a joke; what quality of life is it when you are scooter bound?
Just know I have a proven solution that is much better than this lifestyle and it is here waiting for you. Would you like to have your weight under control? Would you like to have your hormones and endocrine system (glands) into harmony? Would you like to eliminate the burden of stress? Most people would unequivocally answer – YES.
Through my proven solution, this is the most important result, so lets focus on your glands, like the thyroid, pituitary, pancreas, the adrenals, testes, ovaries just to name a few. Caffeine, stress, too many supplements or other stimulants with daily intake will over work your thyroid and adrenals. This throws all of your other glands out of balance. With each cup of coffee or tea, or each panic attack episode makes your adrenals fire off. Every adrenaline discharge is also associated with a cortisol release. Biologically and physiologically speaking the adrenals main function is to help us escape danger – fight or flight. This helped our ancestors – primitive man when they came across a wild beast, seconds count. Think fast, fight or flight. To hunt or be hunted, it was just that simple. The cortisol and adrenaline burst gave primitive man that edge to succeed in times of danger and today this gives modern man that edge in a time of stress. In the hunt or hunted scenario adrenaline was used up instantly to move fast, while cortisol would linger to sustain the stamina. Later on in the evening while skinning the kill all the cortisol had already burnt up in the fury of the day’s encounter. The sleep was deep, life is good with enough food for the week. However today, each cup of coffee or high levels of stress is like being under attack or in a time of crisis (as far as the adrenals are concerned). Even decaff will fire off the adrenals. Since 99% of the people drinking coffee never get enough exercise to burn up all that cortisol in their system there is a constant excess, that builds up year after year. Excessive cortisol creates stress on the nerves and in the body and this buildup has been linked as a cause to cancer, arthritis, skin problems, weight gain, bone fragility etc. and these people very often are always tired. They are losing minerals out their bones at a rapid rate, and this brings more stress. The best they feel is first thing in the morning with that first cup of coffee. But the afternoon slump is all too real. Dropping stimulants altogether you will avoid this roller coster of the feel good in the morning and stressed and burned out in the afternoon. More importantly, you will avoid having the mineral loss, weight gain and potential arthritis and cancer.
Going through this daily cycle decade after decade, some Americans realize that coffee is causing many of their problems so they just consume just one latte in the morning. However, they are wanting to avoid the afternoon slump and be relieved of stress so they go to the vitamin store to get extra nutrients in order to get healthier and recapture their stamina. Many people at first get relief and believe they are getting better. But coffee in the morning is our tradition and as the years go by the good morning feeling becomes more short lived; cortisol levels are still going up, no matter how many supplements we take. But here is the dirty little secret, over time too many supplements cause a mineral imbalance and can also stimulate higher cortisol levels and this will intensify difficult challenges and increase stress further. Because they are getting more stressful, it taxes the nervous and endocrine systems which in turn raises their appetite. To deal with the challenge, they will snack or talk out their challenges with a friend. “Ok, I will meet you at the coffee shop and get a snack, we can talk about it there.” so sweat cakes and coffee. Sound familiar? In most cases they gain weight and become more stationary. The vicious cycle is never ending. Many just chalk it up to old age, lose their adventuresome spirit and physically do less and less in their daily life. For over 30 years I have seen this struggle. Watching friends and family age rapidly right before my eyes, while I remain the same.
Many people just take too many supplements and this can create anxiety as well. I found this out the hard way, wanting to get rid of hepatitis c. I was not drinking coffee or taking stimulants, but that did not matter, my stress was still a problem because of all the supplements I was taking. In the beginning of my recovery, I was taking many nutritionals and it seemed that my stress levels kept going up. Because like coffee, I got that feel good feeling after first taking the supplement and later I would be more stressed. With stress or stimulants, the adrenals are still fired off and more cortisol was getting into my system. This plus all of these extra supplements brought too many compounds that my system that my liver had to deal with and that was another factor causing extra stress. The liver is the organ responsible for maintaining proper blood chemistry and all of those extra compounds from the supplements and the increased cortisol was an overload for the liver. Stress was the main result because during this time, the biochemistry of my liver was like grand central station during a Chinese fire drill with random fireworks going off. Stress levels definitely went up, even if I was not drinking coffee and there was not a crisis or a challenge going on. How did I finally get rid of the cortisol and escape this continuous vicious cycle plaguing so many Americans?
During serious study and contemplation I intuitively got an answer: just keep it simple! So I looked into it and did just that. I had already stopped coffee and to stop all the supplements, I just followed the diet and supplement schedule from a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA). In short, I ate only the foods and the supplements the report recommends. This simplified everything and consequently it took the burden off my liver. In reality; as shown with the report on my HTMA I was getting more of the foods and minerals that I needed and eliminated those foods and supplements I had been taking that I did not need, thus eliminating the burden on my liver and on my glands. Within just a few short days, I was able to relax. I slept deeper and during the day I was able to be calm in my body because the stress was gone; I was secure and self confident in my mind. What a difference! One client who did the same thing told me; “I feel better, but I am saving so much money not buying that latte every morning and spending $100s on supplements every month – thanks!”
In sum; yes taking too many supplements, stress or stimulants raise cortisol levels, but with higher cortisol levels challenging situations become even more stressful. Natural stress from challenges also fires your adrenals to help you cope. By getting off too many random supplements and the caffeine stimulant merry go around, you avoid several major biological challenges that increases our aging process and lead to disease. One, by stoping stimulants, the endocrine system has a chance to rest, heal and stay balanced. Two, and most importantly your body lowers and eliminates cortisol levels that contribute to cancer, arthritis and weight gain. Three, you are able to face and cope with challenges and emergencies on a more focused and rational basis, with confidence. Four, you sleep better and have more security and self reliance.
Johnny Delirious, Master Survivor ™ & best selling author has moved audiences on radio, TV and physician’s conferences to see new ways to heal. He is unquestionably the only TRUE Addiction & Hepatitis A, B and C Recovery Pioneer free of mood altering substances (cocaine) since 1991, no viral load or antibodies of hepatitis since 1994 and no cirrhosis since 1995. Nobody in his life including doctors, friends and family thought he would live passed 1992, they all said he was going to die. But, Johnny chose life; not death and learned how to heal his body, mind and spirit by developing new protocols with natural therapies. For over 20 years he has helped many others recover including professionals – doctors, dentists, lawyers who don’t want chemical drugs or surgery recover from the same conditions that everyone said were hopeless. Contact Johnny for a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA), get the right diet, supplements plus expert advice with 30 years of experience from Laboratory Naturopathic Doctor Johnny Delirious, Master Survivor firstname.lastname@example.org cell – 972 825 7912 http://johnnydelirious.com/