The human adrenal glands do not secrete steroid hormones at a constant level throughout the day. When functioning properly, hormones are actually released in a cycle, with the highest value in the morning and the lowest value at night. This 24-hour cycle is called the circadian rhythm.
An abnormal adrenal rhythm - such as when the peak of cortisol release that normally occurs in the morning is flattened - can influence many functions of the body, some of which are described below:
Abnormal adrenal function can alter the ability of cells to produce energy for the activities of daily life. People who have a hard time rising in the morning, or who suffer from low energy throughout the day, often have abnormal adrenal rhythms and poor blood sugar regulation.
The maintenance of a stable blood sugar level depends on food choice, lifestyle, adrenal function, and insulin activity. The Adrenal Stress Index™ panel measures stress hormones and insulin, to help ferret out the causes of fatigue, cravings, and obesity.
MUSCLE AND JOINT FUNCTION
Abnormal adrenal rhythms are known to compromise tissue healing. Reduced tissue repair and increased tissue breakdown can lead to muscle and joint wasting with chronic pain.
The adrenal rhythm determines how well we build bone. If the night and morning cortisol levels are elevated, our bones do not rebuild well and we are more prone to osteoporosis. Stress is the enemy of the bones. In post-menopausal women, the effect of stress worsens due to female hormone imbalances.
Various immune cells (white blood cells) cycle in and out of the spleen and bone marrow. The immune system trafficking follows the cortisol cycle. If the cycle is disrupted, especially at night, then the immune system is adversely affected.
Short and long-term stress is known to suppress the immune response in the lungs, throat, urinary tract, and intestines. With reduction in the surface antibody (called secretory IgA), the resistance to infection is reduced and allergic reactions is believed to increase.
The ability to enter REM sleep cycles and experience regenerative sleep is interrupted by high cortisol values at night and in the morning. Chronic lack of REM sleep can reduce a person’s mental vitality and vigor and induce depression.
Human skin regenerates mostly during the night. With higher night cortisol values, less skin regeneration takes place. Therefore a normal cortisol rhythm is essential for optimal skin health.
The level of cortisol at the cell level controls thyroid hormone production. Often, hypothyroid symptoms, such as fatigue and low body temperature, are due to an adrenal maladaptation.
GRAIN INTOLERANCE AND STRESS RESPONSE
Approximately 12% to 18% of the U.S. population suffers from a genetic intolerance to grains, such as wheat, rye, or barley contained in cereals, breads, and pasta. A high incidence occurs in people with Celtic, Nordic, non-Caucasian, and Mediterranean ethnicity. The gut becomes inflamed within 30 minutes after consuming grains and this can lead to an adrenal stress response, increased cortisol, and reduced DHEA hormone.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS)
A common Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) axis defect in CFS is impaired corticotrophin release. As a result, low cortisol and eventual adrenal atrophy may be observed. Depleted adrenals with flat rhythms are often seen when testing using the Adrenal Function testing. Simultaneous use of several therapies can help improve the debilitating effects of CFS.
Chronic hypoglycemia can impair normal adrenal function by repetitive overstimulation of cortisol production. Recurring exposure to high cortisol will impair insulin activity and invariably lead to insulin resistance and beta cell exhaustion (diabetes). The ASI™ panel investigates the insulin-cortisol relationship under real life conditions to allow targeted and meaningful interventions. This panel is useful in the following clinical situations: rapid weight gain and obesity, deranged blood lipids, sugar blues, early diabetes, and associated emotional disturbances.
More than 50 years ago, Dr. W. Jefferies (author of Safe Uses of Cortisol) discovered that patients with environmentally triggered allergies and autoimmune diseases dramatically beneﬁted when given cortisol for other purposes. More recently, German researchers reported that disruption of the adrenal axis and cytokine relationships lead to predisposition and aggravation of autoimmune diseases. The ﬁndings of the ASI™ help identify patients with autoimmune diseases and adrenal problems who can beneﬁt from cortisol supplements.
Several recent publications report a hyperactive HPA axis in depressed patients. Elevated midnight salivary cortisol is now considered one of the best tests in diagnosing endogenous depression. Other anomalies in cortisol rhythm usually accompany the midnight elevation. On the other hand, cortisol elevations and rhythm disruptions throughout the day are typical of attention deﬁcit disorders (ADD)
HOW IS YOUR NATURAL ENERGY RHYTHM?
This illustration blow shows our natural energy rhythm. If this is not what your day looks like, you are functionally out of balance and operating in a state of stress!
HOW ARE YOUR ADRENALS FUNCTIONING?
Do you wake up at 6-7 a.m. feeling great, rested, and revived with plenty of energy? You should!
Do you go to sleep easily around 9-10 pm and sleep 8-9 un-interrupted hours? You should!
Without, at least, 8 hours of sleep, the adrenal glands cannot recover from the day’s stressors and the body cannot repair!
Do you have sustained energy all day from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep? You should! Your energy should be consistant all day without ups and downs. - by Dr. Jerry Tennant
SAFE & EFFECTIVE TOXIN REMOVAL
ZEOLITE—THE MAGIC INGREDIENT
On its own, your body has to go to a lot of work to neutralize and remove toxins, if it is able to remove them at all. For example, lead and mercury are notoriously difficult to remove. And as a person’s body becomes more toxic with heavy metals, it becomes less able to remove them.
Zeolite, the active ingredient in Advanced TRS, facilitates your body’s ability to extract harmful toxins. As zeolite is inert in your body, your body doesn’t recognize it as anything out of the ordinary. However, heavy metals, radioactive elements and other toxins are extremely attracted to the cages-like structure of the zeolite molecules. Because zeolite uses nanotechnology and is encapsulated in water clusters, it will go anywhere in your body water can.
NANOTECHNOLOGY = EFFECTIVENESS
Nano means that the particles are very small. For Advanced TRS, the average particle size is only 0.9 nanometers. By making the particles smaller, more of the cages are exposed to trap toxins. Coseva uses standard particle measuring equipment every production run to ensure the purity, size and saturation of the manufactured zeolite in water. By forming a true colloidal suspension where the zeolite is held inside a water cluster, the zeolite is able to cross the blood brain barrier. Without this colloidal suspension, the zeolite would not cross that barrier. By nano-sizing the zeolite, Coseva is able to place more zeolite into more clusters of water making this solution very effective in all parts of the body.
Advanced TRS is a proprietary manufactured clinoptilolite formula. Your body has never experienced the ability to extract heavy metals, toxins and other contaminants like this before. One serving will not do a complete detox. Over time, consistently taking this product will remove toxins safely, gently and without the typical effects of other types of detox.
Most think of losing weight at this time of year. The fitness establishments run specials at this - their most lucrative time of year! And while we appreciate the money-saving deals, the bigger issue is actually detox! Detox can be over 65% of your weight loss. Especially if you've had times during your life that you've eaten more carbs than you should, or if you've had antibiotic or steroid treatment. Our modern diets leave us heavier and in less than optimal health.
Your microbiome is the organisms living in your "gut", or intestines. When the bad organisms are given heavy metals (from our amalgams in teeth, in the air, etc.), antibiotics, or steroid (and other drugs can be the culprit), the microbiome cannot recover on it's own. Once your microbiome is in balance, the weight loss should come easily with none other than just healthy eating. (forget diet and feeling like you are starving!). You'll notice other improvements as well, such as clearer thinking and more energy!
Exercise is important, along with stretching, if you intend to live with vigor as you get older! Most want to live and do all the things they like until they are ready to pass on, instead of being disabled for many years before passing. You CAN live with vitality and good health if you put in effort.
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We are the FATIGUE REDUCING DETECTIVES! Do you often feel fatigued during the course of a normal day? Do you deal with occasional Brain Fog? One of the methods we are able to use to help is Functional Microscopy.
Functional Microscopy detects imbalances that cause fatigue and may lead to disease.
By helping to identify imbalances, measures can be taken to help minimize the likelihood of serious conditions developing in the future while increasing energy.
If measures are followed and the imbalances are addressed, fatigue will be significantly reduced or eliminated. We can also help with pain, which can drain energy and leave one feeling exhausted on a constant basis.
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Ah, New Years again—a time to restart those resolutions from last year or maybe the year before. You know – "loose that fat", "trim those extra pounds", "etc.". You may have dieted and exercised, putting in all that effort - and to only have disappointing results. It’s not all about fat and diets. So, then what’s the problem? There is an excellent possibility that you are overloaded with TOXINS.
Never in human history have we been exposed to such high levels of toxins. There has been an explosion in the number of studies showing the effects of these environmental chemicals on human health. There are estimated to be approximately 100,000 chemicals now in commerce, 30,000 of which are in common use and only about 3, 500 of which have been safely tested. Throughout our lives, we are in constant contact with environmental toxins. It’s hard to believe that they are playing a role in modern illness and Neolithic diseases. Some examples of how these toxins are negatively affecting our health:
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Modern living today can wreck havoc on your digestive health. Do you feel bloated, tired, have brain-fog, gaining weight without cause or difficulty losing weight? It may be time for an intestinal tune up! All it takes is your commitment to a few small changes in exchange for you to start feeling more in charge and alive!
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This photo shows healthy red blood cells eminating light. These cells have been nourished with good nutrition. This is an excellent article highlighting 4 Superfoods beneficial to your health:
By Ethan Indigo Smith
The Art of Healing
Today information on curatives and healthy foods are constantly suppressed, and substances are even prohibited, like cannabis (which remains turmeric’s fiercest competition for its balancing and curative effects).
In fact, the systematic suppression of information concerning the curative effects of food and herbs like cannabis, turmeric, garlic, ginger and habanero (for a few simple but powerful examples), as well as systems of herbalism, traditional medicine, and anything natural and not pharmacological, has been so successful during the rise of allopathy and Big Pharma that rejecting natural remedies as “alternative” has become an automatic response among most in our society — so much so that to suggest their powerful medicinal potential in public is to be labeled as crazy, a fringe-dweller, or some such parallel.
Chaga and other medicinal mushrooms are supremely powerful modes for increasing vitality and achieving healthy and balanced states. Chaga extract is one of the most powerful sources of antioxidants on the planet, and notably, has demonstrated anti-cancer properties. Chaga causes cell death of malformed cells without hurting the body, preventing the growth of cancer cells. It has also been shown to protect cellular DNA and stimulate the immune system.
In countries where the allopathic oligarchy has less of a stranglehold on the bounds of medicine and medical research, chaga is both well researched and medically prescribed, as is the reishi mushroom.
In Russia in particular, chaga is widely utilised for its medicinal value, and is also being integrated with extracts of birch — the only tree chaga will grow on in nature — to potentially enhance the health effects of the chaga extract.
Personally, I very much enjoy consuming chaga with ginseng. If your needs are medicinal, I encourage you to do your own research to see if chaga, medicinal mushrooms, and/or ginseng might be appropriate for you too.
Note: This is one of those times when tradition remains frustratingly ahead of science. The healing potential of mycotherapy (mushroom medicine) is vast, and while it is only just beginning to be understood by science, the scientific evidence is already inarguable, and yet psychoactive mushrooms remain widely prohibited by law regardless of their medicinal value. Even though chaga itself is not deemed illegal, the sense of ‘taboo’ surrounding mushroom medicine in our society has greatly diminished its therapeutic use.
2. Almonds and Apricots (in Combination)
I was in a Turkish Café in San Francisco, sometime after first learning about and experiencing the internal alchemy of the almond and the apricot. They had a little apricot and almond pastry and I ordered one with my coffee. I said, “Oh, the almond and apricot, that’s the magic, I’ll have one of those.”
They looked at me like I just told them a secret in their native language. On picking up their jaws, they inquired how I knew about the magic of the almond and apricot.
The almond and apricot combination included in my pastry is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The simple combination has long been considered a cancer cure. It is associated with longevity, since one of the most well-aged peoples in the world, hun tzu in, eat almonds and apricots frequently. According to what I have experienced, it is also a powerful bowel cleanser! (Be advised, the combination does not cause diarrhoea per se, but does increase elimination.)
Western scientists have also utilised extracts to prove the effectiveness of the apricot and almond, however the curative properties could not be replicated by using only extracted compounds in isolation. Traditional Chinese Medicine noted that the alchemy of the digestion process potentiated their medicinal value, and extracts would thus not work.
Literally meaning “mountain tar”, Shilajit is a thick, sticky substance that seeps out of the rocks in the high mountains of Asia. Containing at least 85 minerals in their ionic form, it has been revered in Ayurveda for millennia as the best carrier of energy and nutrition into the human body.
A Vedic expression in regards to shilajit goes something like, “There is no disease which shilajit cannot defeat if consumed soon enough.” And from my own personal experience, I have started to think that shilajit is the actual philosopher’s stone for internal alchemy.
This stuff is straight-up illegal in Canada. Apparently there are a lot of poorly produced shilajit extracts on the global market, some containing lead. From what I understand it largely depends on how this extract is handled as to whether it contains toxins or not.
With an ancient history, legends of shilajit abound, and modern science still has many questions about shilajit — such as whether it is derived from a mineral or vegetable source, and how it behaves as an oil but is water soluble. What is undeniable is that shilajit is packed with minerals like no other substance on the planet, and generally has the effect of enhancing whatever herbal medicinal or food one consumes with it.
There are only a very few disorders I have come across which are not helped but hindered by the gentle inclusion of shilajit in one’s diet. However again, I encourage you to do your own research about shilajit (also known as mumeo in Russia) and whether it is right for you.
4. Nothing But The Elements
The most powerful thing we can do for ourselves, often enough, is nothing! Being quiet in the four elements without trying to do anything is essentially one of the most powerful healing and strengthening practices you can undertake. Spend some time doing nothing and consuming nothing but the four elements in their purest form.
Go out and play in the Sun! Sunlight triggers healing potential in our bodies in hundreds of different ways. If you are sensitive to sunlight minimalize exposure and wear a hat. There is always the potential of using too much of any medicine, including heliotherapy.
Drink pure water. Fast for a time and consume water only. Numerous immunological functions begin when we go without food for certain time periods; 16 hour, 1 day and 2 day water fasts can all be extremely beneficial.
Breathe and play in the fresh air. Do nothing but breathe in nature — be it the mountaintop, beachhead, public park, or wherever is accommodating.
Take off your shoes and connect with the Earth. The healing feel-good energy of the planet is as easy to connect with as removing your shoes! We are chemical electrical beings. Walking barefoot, or at least with shoes that do not disconnect us from literally being grounded into the electromagnetism of the earth, creates measurable chemical and electrical benefits. (Personally I recommend cotton soled tai chi/kung fu shoes for gentle walking.)
*This is an edited article. For the full article please visit the below website, and we would suggest you also conduct your own research for further information where appropriate.
We are hearing about weight loss that doesn't happen, or that happens and the weight comes right back. People who used to be in control of their weight are frustrated that what was, is no longer.
Some attribute it to aging, some assess their lives and determine that there is too much stress in their lives to lose weight. Some blame themselves or their bodies for failing them in goals.
Health and fitness clubs get most of their business in January, as multitudes pledge to lose weight. But after you reach 30, exercise contributes about 10% to weight loss! After reaching 40 years, strenuous workouts can leave a person storing more fat than ever. At this point, detoxing the body is 65% of weight loss. Detoxing should involve using various methods for varying periods of time. Juicing fresh vegetables and fruits are easy ways to detox. Enemas and colonics help reduce intestinal plaque, and are needed periodically. There are many detox solutions waiting for you here at our affiliate, Global Healing Centers. Global Healing Center procures pure, non-gmo, ingrediants and has vegan options as well. Click the button to see the detox options. We recommend intestinal detoxing and then liver detox, then the kidney detox. Or go for the full body detox. You will be feeling a positive difference that others around you may notice as well! For a comprehensive program individualized for you, call to set up a consultation. 281-367-9292
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