A few weeks ago my doctor told me to start checking my blood sugar and to my surprise it was lowest before I went to bed and actually pretty high in the morning. The last few years my doctor has been after me to do a sleep study and I had already scheduled it when I found out about my strange blood sugar.
About a week before the sleep test I started taking Phosphatidyl serine. I did some research on the web and discovered that when your body over produces cortisol because of physiological stress caused by things like sleep apnea your blood pressure becomes uncontrollable, your blood sugar goes out of wack and you can't loose weight no matter what your diet or how much you exercise. These are three symptoms I have had for the last five years.
I googled "reduce cortisol" and found some really stupid pseudo science and several good articles. One of the dumber articles explained that all cortisol problems were caused by fear. That is total garbage, cortisol is caused by physiological stress which can be caused by things like over excercising. I suppose fear could drive someone to over exercise, but, in my experience desire is the motivator for exercise.
There were some good recommendations for reducing cortisol in the articles. Most of the better articles recommended a dietary supplement called phosphatidyl serine. I purchased a bottle of 60 100mg capsules and tested it. Without changing my diet or increasing my activity level at all I lost 7 pounds in a week. Within three days of taking the phosphatidyl serine my morning blood sugar dropped from 178 in the morning to 138. I have not had a morning blood sugar over 140 and typically it is between 110 and 120. My bedtime blood sugar is typically under 100. Over the last three weeks I have lost a total of 17 pounds going from 295 to 278 this morning.
Cortisol prevents your body from burning accumulated fat. Suppose you eat a light breakfast (500 calories or less), a light lunch (500 calories or less) and a heavier dinner (1000 calories). You are busy during the day so your body burns the calories from breakfast and lunch as it digests them, but, after dinner you are less busy and so your body does not burn all of the calories you ate as you digest them and instead your body converts them to fat.
The cortisol lowers your body?s metabolism to prevent fat burning. Since your body refuses to burn fat and you do not have any calories digesting your body actually begins starving itself. In fact, rather than burn fat your body will burn muscle if your cortisol levels are out of wack. You can eat a 2000 calorie a day diet and burn 2000 calories a day, if you don?t make the calories into multiple smaller meals you will gain weight and burn muscle, bone, etc. Your body will only burn fat as a very last resort IF you starve yourself.
So if your blood pressure begins to become uncontrollable, your blood sugar is lower at night than it is in the morning and you can?t lose weight even when you are following a good diet and/or exercising you should try taking an over the counter cortisol blocker like phosphatidyl serine. Phosphatidyl serine has no known side effects except lightening your wallet.
Dosages: The dosage you take is up to you. Some people take 100mg 3 times a day at meals. I am taking 300mg twice a day, 5am and 5pm. Some people recommend taking phosphatidyl serine right before you go to bed. Dosage recommendations run from 300mg a day to 1200mg a day. I am taking what is called a low therapeutic dose in one of the articles I read.
I will probably increase my dosage to 400mgs three times a day, 5am, 5pm and 10pm when I go to bed, around the end of July provided I am still getting the same results. I will also begin an exercise regime around the same time. Right now I am still in experiment mode. I want to keep things the same for a long enough time to know that I am not suddenly going to bounce back up to 295 again.
I found a new place to buy PS,
You should constantly check for better prices. This place used to be more expensive. Just watch for labels like "Complex" or "Matrix". Taking 1000 grams of PS might be okay, but, if it is mixed in with 800 grams of other stuff and only 200 grams of PS, that 800 grams of other stuff might end up being bad for you. When you take supplement complexes it can be difficult to pin point the cause of any issues you have. READ LABELS!
I have not tried this brand yet, but, the price looks good. (I have tried this brand now and in my opinion it is crap. Supplement manufacturers are not held to content standards like drug manufacturers. I took this brand for two months and re-gained some of the weight I had lost taking NOW brand. My diet did not change, my activity level actually increased because my new employer has a great gym! buyer beware!).
One of the people commenting has pointed out that high Cortisol levels are often indicators of a tumor attaching itself to the adrenal gland or potential infections which can have a direct influence on the adrenal gland. This is all very true. Infections are typically noticed during normal blood work so doctors probably find these most of the time. Tumors around the adrenal gland are typically called Cushing’s disease. I am not sure that any of these fit me, although in spite of working out I have maintained my weight at 265-270 for a couple of years now. My abdominal muscle pad is now pushing out past my rib cage. It looks like I have a huge pot belly and when I tighten my ab muscles and let people feel they are surprised at how little fat there is.