LifeSource Cortisol Support contains a synergistic blend of:
Relora® - a proprietary blend of a patented** extract from Magnolia
Officinalis Bark, And A Proprietary Extract From Phellodendron Amurense
Reishi Mushroom Powder
Green Tea Extract
Holy Basil Extract
Cortisol is nicknamed the “stress hormone” for its role in the fight or
flight response, a physiological mechanism that releases hormones like
adrenalin and cortisol to prioritize important body functions under
Having adequate cortisol levels/effects are quite essential to health and
quality of life. This fact is becoming increasingly clear to doctors who
are trying to help people by a more natural scientific methods. In fact, cortisol is the foundation of the entire endocrine system.
It is essential for our adaptation to the demands of life, yet all other
major hormones counteract it. If a person does not make sufficient
cortisol, their quality of life can and usually is low. They also cannot
tolerate or benefit from the optimization of their thyroid, estrogen, DHEAS
or even testosterone levels. By trying to help patients with fatigue and
pain with natural methods and by performing saliva testing for cortisol
levels, Dr. Lindner has learned that partial cortisol deficiency is common,
especially among women. Women have lower cortisol levels/effects and
responses than men do. Cortisol deficiency accounts for women's much higher
incidences of fatigue, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune
diseases. Many studies have demonstrated a hypoactive
hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system in persons with these problems.
Studies also show that the SSRI antidepressants (Prozac, Paxil, Lexapro,
etc.) act upon the brain to increase ACTH production and cortisol levels.
This is one reason why they alleviate so many different kinds of symptoms,
and also why it is so hard to stop taking them (cortisol withdrawal).
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue is a stress-related condition that occurs when your adrenal
glands, hypothalamus and pituitary gland (together – the HPA axis) are
functioning below their optimal level. Although you might not have heard of
the adrenals, they perform several vital roles in maintaining your health.
Most importantly, they control your body’s response to stress by releasing
hormones like cortisol, DHEA and epinephrine, which are used to regulate
your heart rate, immune system, energy storage and more.
When the adrenal glands are overstimulated for a long period of time, they
begin to weaken. Typical causes of Adrenal Fatigue include long term stress
from jobs, relationship problems or even chronic disease. Eventually, the
adrenals weaken so much that they are unable to respond adequately when we
need them. At this point, many Adrenal Fatigue sufferers report symptoms
like a feeling of constant tiredness, lack of enthusiasm and mild
depression. Sleeping long hours does not help – they wake up just as tired
as when they went to bed. And they often resort to large caffeinated
drinks, sugary sodas or other stimulants to get through the day. This is
why Cortisol Support can be helpful.
Some symptoms of low cortisol, or hypoadrenalism, include:
Mental and psychological ailments such as depression
Faintness and dizziness
Weakness and fatigue
Inability to cope with stress
Headache, scalp ache, or general body ache
Severe or dull lower back pain
Extremely sensitive skin
Nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting
Abdominal pain and hunger pain despite an empty stomach
Extreme craving for salty foods
Anxiety and jitters
Clumsiness and confusion
Insomnia and dark circles under the eyes
Low bladder capacity and symptoms of IBS
Irregular or non-existent menstrual period
The most common form of cortisol deficiency is partial central adrenal
insufficiency due to inadequate ACTH production. It is not diagnosable
by current conventional practices. Most doctors think that all cortisol
deficiency is Addison's Disease.
However, the problem usually does not lie in the failure of the adrenal
glands. The brain-hypothalamic-pituitary system is simply not secreting
enough ACTH throughout the day to stimulate sufficient cortisol production
by the adrenals. More than any other hormone, blood levels of cortisol do
not accurately reflect its effects in the various tissues of the body. Some
persons with normal-appearing cortisol and DHEAS level have marked symptoms
and respond well to cortisol supplementation.
Of course, these symptoms won’t all occur simultaneously, or immediately.
Some people suffering from low cortisol will experience a couple of these
symptoms, perhaps one after another.
Causes of Low Cortisol
The circumstances and diseases that trigger low cortisol, or
hypoadrenalism, vary. Besides the autoimmune disorder Addison’s disease,
other causes include secondary hypoadrenalism or a deficiency of ACTH.
Secreted from the anterior pituitary gland, ACTH, or adrenocorticotropic
hormone is a polypeptide tropic hormone that elevates its production when
the body suffers from low cortisol levels as a result of Addison’s disease.
It’s possible for the body to develop a tumor as the result of increased
ACTH, known as Cushing’s disease.
Another cause is tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that
usually attacks the lungs, but can also affect the adrenal glands and
trigger hypoadrenalism. If the disease destroys the adrenal glands, it is
Other rare disorders that can damage the adrenal glands and trigger low
cortisol levels are:
Adrenal inflammation related to HIV
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, an enzyme disorder
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