Cortisol the stress hormone

Cortisol is a hormone synthesized from cholesterol in the two adrenal glands, located in the upper part of each kidney. It is usually released in response to events and circumstances such as waking up in the morning, exercising, and acute stress. The systemic effects of cortisol play many roles in the body to carry out its stressful processes and maintain homeostasis.
Cortisol in response to stress
Cortisol (along with epinephrine) is known for its involvement in the “fight or flight” response and the temporary increase in energy production, to the detriment of other processes that are not necessary for immediate survival.

The following steps are a typical example of how cortisol works in response to stress and as a survival mechanism:

An individual is facing a stress factor.
A complex hormonal response is generated, and the adrenal glands secrete cortisol.
Cortisol prepares the body for a fight or flight response, flooding it with glucose, an immediate source of energy for large muscles.
Cortisol inhibits the production of insulin in an attempt to prevent glucose from being stored, favoring its immediate use. Cortisol narrows the arteries, while epinephrine increases the heart rate, so the strength of the blood when pumping is stronger and faster.
What happens if I have an excess of cortisol?
Excess cortisol over a prolonged period of time can lead to so-called Cushing’s syndrome. This can be caused by various factors, such as a tumor that generates adrenocorticotropic hormone (and therefore increases the secretion of cortisol), or take certain types of medications.

Symptoms include:

Rapid weight gain, mainly on the face, chest and abdomen, in contrast to thin arms and legs
A red, round face
Arterial hypertension
Osteoporosis
Changes in the skin (purple bruises and stretch marks)
Muscular weakness
Mood changes: anxiety, depression or irritability
Increased thirst and frequency of urination
High levels of cortisol for a long time may also cause lack of sexual desire and, in women, periods may be irregular, less frequent or completely stopped (amenorrhea).
Sleep deprivation, caffeine, alcohol and its effects on cortisol
Students often sacrifice hours of sleep and increase caffeine and alcohol consumption, all of which have an impact on cortisol levels and, therefore, the physiological markers of the stress response.

Acute loss of sleep confuses the HPA axis and alters the negative feedback regulation of glucocorticoids. In one study they found that plasma cortisol levels are higher, up to 45%, after sleep deprivation, an increase that has implications including immunological response, cognitive decline and metabolic disturbances.

The relationship between caffeine, stress and cortisol secretion is also important. When we ingest a large amount of caffeine in a day, our cortisol levels increase. There is a clear positive relationship between caffeine consumption and cortisol release, and this relationship is aggravated when other potential stressors are introduced. In this way, to the intake of caffeine, we add the lack of sleep and the intake of energy drinks, we can be causing a great hormonal imbalance in our body.
Alcohol manages to activate the HPA axis because it depresses the nerve cells responsible for the inhibition of HPA, thus increasing the activity of the axis. As a result, the adrenal cortex secretes high levels of cortisol. It is not surprising then, that students complain later about their considerable level of anxiety and pressure sensation, since they are our common responses to stress.

In short, lack of sleep, caffeine consumption and alcohol consumption act together to increase the amount of cortisol in our body, increasing the stress we try to combat.

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Candida affects your mental health

There is a connection between candida and depression. It is an event imaginable from the moment when there is a connection between a chronic illness or pain and a depressive mental state.

But aside from the imagination, there are many experts who have studied the relationship between candida, that fungus that causes candida when it multiplies in the intestine, and depression or mental health in general.
Following William Crook and his work The Yeast Connection, yeasts are unicellular living organisms that are neither animal nor vegetable. They live on the surface of all living beings, including fruits, vegetables, cereals and skin. They are part of the micro flora (small plants) and contribute in various ways to the health of their host. The yeast itself is nutritious and small amounts of yeast give the bread a good flavor. Yeast is a type of fungus. Mold, fungi, monilia and candida are names that are used to describe the different types of yeast.

A family of yeasts, the candida albicans, lives normally in the warm interior folds and in the clefts of the digestive tract and the vagina. When the immune system is strong, candida yeasts do not cause problems. But when broad spectrum antibiotics are taken for diseases such as acne, respiratory infections or cystitis (bladder infection), these drugs knock out friendly germs while knocking out enemies.

Yeasts of the genus Candida are not affected by antibiotics so that they multiply and increase large families. These yeasts create toxins that weaken the immune system. So you can experience repeated infections. Each infection is treated with another round of antibiotics, encouraging greater growth of fungi, and a vicious circle.

A diet rich in sugar and other simple carbohydrates promotes the overgrowth of yeast.
The Depression.

Millions of people in the world suffer from depression. Many of those people have taken Prozac, Zoloft and other medications. These medications, like many others, can cause adverse reactions. Because of this possibility, many therapists say that these drugs should not be given to people without looking for the physical and psychological causes of depression.

Just like fatigue, headache, premenstrual syndrome and other chronic ailments, depression can have many different causes. On the other hand, these causes are often multiple. According to our experience, candida albicans occupies a prominent place in this list of causes of depression, especially in women between the ages of 25 and 45 years.

If you suffer from a depression or any other disabling disorder and have a history of repeated or prolonged antibiotic treatments, persistent digestive symptoms or recurrent vaginal infections, prostate infections, inguinal tinea or nail fungus, a comprehensive treatment program that has medications Oral antifungals and a special diet can provide relief from that recurrent depression.
Depression tends to make its way little by little, so it is difficult to determine when or how it started. The depressed person wonders what is causing those persistent sad feelings. Sometimes depression is caused by an emotionally distinct event or traumatic situation, of which the person is almost always aware. However, depression is very common nowadays, and in most cases the person has no idea what is causing the feelings of sadness and is afraid to seek a treatment for their depression. In these cases, the Candida overgrowth is a cause. Why?

Depression is definitely a brain abnormality. However, in most cases there is nothing really harmful in the brain. On the contrary, the impurity of the circulation that feeds the brain is what is causing the symptoms. The proper treatment of candida is very effective in elucidating depression and restoring a positive outlook on a person’s life. Hope and reasons to live are recovered. These improvements are usually observed within the first days of treatment of candida, and continue from that moment.

Schizophrenia
Regarding candida and mental health, Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, one of the pioneers in the nutritional treatment of mental disorders, noted in his book Nutrition and Chronic Mental Illness that Candida infection is one of the lesser-known causes of mental illness. schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a mental condition with genetic basis and according to recent research, there is a genetic impact of gut microbiota in this mental illness.

Microbes impact on cognitive functions and basic patterns of behavior, such as social interaction and stress management.

The effect of this microbiota extends beyond the digestive tract, and influences the development and functioning of the central nervous system

The brain and the intestine are directly connected by the vagus nerve.

Clostridium difficile is a “bad” bacterium, one of the most harmful bacteria following the course of antibiotics.

Professor Bernard Berthet, who is an expert bacteriologist, argues that pathogenic intestinal bacteria, such as the Clostridium family, secrete neurotoxins, which produce numerous neurological diseases. To treat these diseases, the intestinal flora must be recovered. But the innovative thing proposed by Prof. Berthet is to be done simply with a diet and probiotics, no antibiotics.

The idea of ​​prof. Berthet is “starve” pathogenic bacteria. For this, it must be investigated what foods are feeding these bacteria.

Dr. Mariano Bueno follows the same direction in the case of candidiasis. You have to “starve” the candid and pathogenic germs of the intestine.

For this, it is essential to make a good diagnosis. In Biosalud, the FOODINT® (Test of food intolerances), CANDITEST® (urine analysis to detect the existence of intestinal infections) and KOPROCHECK® (stool study of the intestinal flora and culture) are performed. for intestinal bacteria and fungi)

We see with all these investigations the connection between a disease such as candida and depression or mental illness. The intestine and the brain are clearly connected, which is why many doctors call the intestine “the second brain”

I personally recommend natural medicine like this to control Candida

Candida Complex

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Vitamin B against Alzheimer’s

A recent study suggests that high doses of vitamin B can halve the brain shrinkage in older people who experience some signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

The research, published in the journal PLoS One and conducted by scientists from the Oxford Project for Memory Research and Aging (OPTIMA), is based on the examination of 168 elderly people who experienced a certain level of mental deterioration known as mild cognitive impairment. This condition, marked by memory lapses and language problems, goes beyond normal aging and can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

In the experiments, half of the volunteers received a daily tablet containing levels well above the recommended daily amount of the B family of vitamins, such as folic acid, B6 and B12. The other half received a placebo.

After two years, the Magnetic Resonance analysis showed that the speed at which their brains were shrinking had been reduced. While the brain shrinks on average at a rate of 0.5% per year after the age of 60, the brains of people with mild cognitive impairment shrink twice as fast, and in Alzheimer’s patients the contraction increases up to 2.5% per year. The team of scientists detected that in those who received vitamin supplements, the contraction of the brain decreased between 30% and 50% compared to their peers.

But why? Some vitamins of the B family, such as folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12, control the levels of a blood substance known as homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine ​​are associated with a faster contraction of the brain and with Alzheimer’s disease. The authors of the study believe that the effect of B vitamins on homocysteine ​​levels was the effect that helped slow the rate of brain contraction. “These vitamins are doing something to the structure of the brain, they’re protecting it, and that’s very important.

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