Stress is An Epidemic
It seems like everyone these days is looking for a way to effectively manage stress. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that up to 70% of doctor’s visits are because of stress. People report a variety of symptoms: headache, weight gain, or stomach upset. The real cause is underlying stress. CortiStop is Young Living’s supplement that helps to maintain natural balance and harmony, especially during stressful times. Let’s talk through the stress response, the ingredients in Cortistop, and some safety points to consider.
To Understand Stress We Have to Understand the HPA Axis
The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis is an elegant hormone feedback loop that controls stress. It starts in the center of the brain in the hypothalamus where the corticotrophin releasing hormone (CRH) is produced. CRH signals the anterior pituitary (‘ant pit’) to produce adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH then travels in the blood to the adrenal glands. Here, it signals the adrenals to product cortisol. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone in the body.
When Cortisol Levels are High, Feedback Occurs
To halt the stress response in the body, cortisol feeds a Stop Signal back to the ant pit and hypothalamus.
When stress is chronically high, the body produces excessive cortisol over time. The high levels of cortisol disrupt this feedback loop, making the body hypothalamus and ant pit less sensitive to the Stop Signal.
This is the root cause of adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue can bring with it negative health consequences such as fatigue, weight gain, and cardiovascular disorders.
Another Important Hormone: DHEA
Dehydroepiandrosterone is basically the opposite of cortisol in many ways. Cortisol is catabolic and breaks things down, while DHEA is anabolic and builds things up. The balance of these two hormones is critical for a normal stress response. During times of stress, even as cortisol levels rise, the ability of the body to produce DHEA falls.
The consequences of elevated cortisol and reduced DHEA are many. The immune system suppresses in places where you need it (like battling infection), and is enhanced where you don’t (like when you put essential oils on your skin and get a massive reaction). Insulin function alters and blood sugars rise. Salt and water is retained. Thyroid function reduces, slowing metabolism and lowering body temperature. Fat stores more readily in the body. Stomach ulcers may develop. Mood disturbances like depression, insomnia, hunger, and pre-menstural syndrome may occur. Reproductive function may change and lead to infertility. Memory and learning is adversely affected. Sleep quality falls. This decreases the amount of growth hormone (GH) produced in the evening. Reduced GH means that you may experience accelerated aging. The list goes on and on.
CortiStop is a supplement that helps to provide herbs and hormones to naturally balance the stress response.
Here are a few key ingredients of Cortistop that may help balance the stress response naturally.
- Pregnenolone. Shown to reduce corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) in experimental models. CRH is the first step in the production of the stress hormone cortisol.
- DHEA. Provides the body with DHEA, which may be reduced as a consequence of stress.
- Phosphatidylcholine. May protect the brain, liver, and stomach during times of stress.
- Phosphatidylserine. Helps balance the HPA axis and may stunt cortisol production. The effects may be more pronounced in people under chronic stress.
- Black cohosh. Helps stop stress responses and may elevate mood.
- Clary sage and frankincense. Both have uplifting energy. Fennel and peppermint. Can help soothe the stomach.
How to Use CortiStop
Take 2 capsule in the morning before breakfast. If desired, for extra benefits, take another two capsule before retiring to bed. Use daily for 8 weeks. Discontinue use for a 2-4 week break before resuming usage.
CortiStop is labeled for use in adults and children over the age of 12. Use caution when introducing this supplement to children, if you choose to introduce it at all. I choose to exercise greater caution when choosing supplements for children that contain DHEA, pregnenonlone, and black cohosh.
Be sure to talk to your physician before starting any new supplement routine, especially when the supplement contains hormones like CortiStop does. You may consider doing a hormone panel before you start. Use caution when using CortiStop with other hormone supplements and medications like hormonal birth control or hormone replacement therapy. Use caution if pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing as hormone balance is critical in this time frame.
I recommend against using this product if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome, as the DHEA may increase testosterone and worsen disease symptoms.
But What if CortiStop is Out of Stock?
When CortiStop is out of stock you may consider the combination of PD 80/20 and EndoGize or FemiGen. PD 80/20 provides pregneneolone and DHEA. Endogize contains phosphatidylchoine and clary sage. FemiGen contains black cohosh and clary sage. The former combination contains a very large dose of DHEA, so be sure your body needs this much support before starting.
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