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so today i’m going to talk about the 20 signs that you have too much stress now the first thing i want to mention is that in practice i had a machine that measured internally what’s going on with the autonomic nervous system specifically the flight or fight mechanism which is everything to do with stress and this machine was called heart rate variability it’s a great test and you could measure what’s going on internally with the flight or flight mechanism and also the recovery mechanism which is called the parasympathetic nervous system now some people would come in really really stressed out and it didn’t look like they were massively stressed out on the graph but they were definitely in the stress mode yet other people would come in showing massive flutter fight stress yet they were calm able to cope with stress so i just want to point out one thing you have your body and then you have you you may have been endowed with a incredible ability to tolerate stress and you can cope with stress very well so regardless of what’s happening in your body you might not feel stressed too much yet other people just have a poor ability to handle stress so that’s a little bit of a variable that makes things a little complex because it’s not just always about what’s happening to your adrenal glands so if you go get a saliva test and it says that you’re in stress but you don’t feel stress it just means you yourself are able to handle stress very well so i don’t want to invalidate that but i do want to mention that i’m going to give you a lot of things to help cope with stress better and also strengthen your body’s ability to cope with stress on that note let’s start with the brain and how stress affects the brain and i’m talking primarily about cortisol now our bodies were not designed yet to handle chronic stress acute stress yes but not chronic stress the stress that an average person endures right now um is just way way over the top especially because it’s chronic stress okay people are basically living in a stress bucket 24 7. so the way that it affects the brain is that it puts you in problem solving mode 24 7. you just can’t not solve problems in fact you’re fixated on certain problems and it’s very hard to unfixate on those problems so you might have a great day and you come home and you’re just constantly thinking of this one problem over and over and over despite maybe 98 of the things went right in your life your attention goes to that thing that went wrong so one of the things with the adrenals and cortisol is that you can’t do anything else but solve problems 24 7. the other aspect about this is the tolerance to stress your ability to cope with stress as your stress starts building and your adrenal system gets weaker uh you just don’t tolerate stress anymore and this can be um in complete overwhelm where you just break down and start crying or it could be in a severe irritability or anger when you experience things that are too much stress and so if you look at the adrenal glands as a survival gland anything that is opposite to that is going to be a stress like anything that is illogical like if you have people around you that are logical incompetent insane boy that just really uh just jacks up your adrenals but if you’re an environment that’s sane logical everyone’s competent everyone’s supportive you’ll do much better so one really common thing is like slow drivers i guess that would be considered incompetent drivers if they’re driving like two miles an hour and they’re right ahead of you boy that just will just raise your blood pressure so i guess the best term would be how much patience you have right or don’t have that’s a real good index of your adrenal function and your ability to cope with stress and another point about the adrenals is that it puts you in a state of um flight or fight where you’re thinking really really fast so sometimes when you’re talking to someone that’s talking very slow that can bug you you’re already done with the conversation you already know what they’re going to say and sometimes you might complete their senses which can create some problems and also your ability to focus on maybe one thing might be very difficult with adrenal issues so you might be a little bit dispersed thinking about this doing that multitasking is what i’m talking about the problem is you don’t really feel productive because you have a lot of incomplete things and projects that are going on which then adds more stress all right the next point is you’re not a morning person i used to be not a morning person in fact it took me until like 11 o’clock in the morning before i could wake up now i am definitely a morning person that’s the best time of the day i’m most creative i’m most awake that’s when i’m doing videos like right now but if there’s an adrenal issue and you have a lot of stress the morning is going to be difficult you’re going to have a hard time getting out of bed you’re going to even need this thing called coffee and in large amounts you know what’s interesting about caffeine is it doesn’t necessarily boost your energy per se it gets rid of the things that are making you tired so it’s getting rid of this these factors that help you sleep so if you minus those you’re just going to feel very very awake but in the long run when you drink too much coffee caffeine you’re going to be burning those adrenals out like myself in fact i was drinking pots of coffee in college um not just any coffee like cuban coffee so i burnt my adrenals out early on all right next one is your your sleep cycles are going to be not very good you’re going to be a poor sleeper a real um good indicator of a spike in cortisol is at two o’clock or 2 30 in the middle of night you’re very awake you’re more awake than than you are during the day during the day you have brain fog but you’re very very awake at two o’clock that was me for many many years now i think um the best way to test your adrenals is with an hiv heart rate variability a test which you just have to find someone to do that test because when you do a blood test your adrenals have to be literally like 90 dysfunctional before it even shows up but you can also do a 24 hour saliva test it’s kind of a pain in the butt because you have to get up to the night you have to spit into these little tubes and then send them off for a test but that’s also a good way to measure cortisol the heart rate variability test measures the flight or fight mechanism more than it does cortisol but just another way to to measure your adrenals and they have a lot of different new apps coming out on your cell phone i think attachments that you can measure heart rate variability to give you some indication what’s going on with your your stress level but unfortunately the one that i used um years ago they don’t sell anymore that was a real easy test to measure your adrenals but sleep is going to suck if you have too much stress and then not enough sleep then makes you more stressed and also affects your blood sugars next thing is blood sugars themselves the adrenal hormone called cortisol is called a glucocorticoid it’s a hormone that releases blood sugar from your muscles and your liver as well as turning non-carbohydrate things like protein and fat into sugar so when you go through stress you’re basically like eating candy bars without eating candy bars so that can elevate the blood sugars and you can even become a diabetic by having high levels of cortisol or even taking cortisol in the form of prednisone which i’ve seen several people turn into diabetics just from that so with the high blood glucose then you have high cholesterol then you have more fat which i’m going to get to in a second and you also get a fatty liver all right next point is you’re going to get more visceral fat that’s fat in your belly okay you’re gonna have belly fat a sagging belly that is high levels of cortisol but it’s really what cortisol is doing to your insulin levels because it’s raising your blood sugar and then following from that you have this spike of insulin so we have a combination of high cortisol and high insulin and you get this belly fat at the same time your body is dissolving or eating up it’s called a catabolic effect on your muscles so your body is robbing your muscles from your legs okay your thighs and the glutamas maximus muscle so chronic stress puts you in this this body shape of a sagging belly with stick legs and no butt all right the next point about excess stress would be heavy legs when you’re going up a hill or incline or stairs and you’re out of breath easily so that’s an indication that your body can’t cope with stress because you’re going up an incline okay or if you stand up from a seated position or lying down you get really dizzy really fast that’s another indication that your body can’t cope with stress there’s a really good test is called a raglans test if you check your blood pressure while you’re lying down and then when you’re standing normally your blood pressure should go up by about six points if it goes up by 20 points or it goes down it kind of gives you an idea of what’s happening to the adrenals whether your body is overreacting to stress or under-reacting and can’t cope i mean some people get up too fast and they actually faint so that’s a severe adrenal problem all right the next point is about inflammation cortisol is a natural anti-inflammatory so when you have high levels of stress in cortisol the receptor for cortisol starts to become resistant very similar to insulin resistance so it doesn’t work anymore so despite having high cortisol you don’t get the effects of cortisol so we have a lack of anti-inflammatories so you get inflammation so you have arthritis bursitis tendinitis you have pain so this is why a common treatment for inflammation and pain is prednisone which is a synthetic version of cortisol not good though i had over probably 15 rounds of heavy steroids from poison ivy in my 20s and 30s and that’s really what pushed me over the edge because it stopped working so i cannot have any more steroids all right the next thing about excessive stress and adrenal overdrive is a loss of electrolytes specifically potassium you lose potassium with stress so that shows up in elevated blood pressure it shows up in heart arrhythmias it shows up in you can’t relax because potassium is a physiological relaxer helps calm you down so without potassium everything kind of goes up with heart rate and a lot of things and then also you get leg cramps and then you have your ratios of sodium going up and your potassium going down and that’s where you get edema swelling in the legs this is why it’s really good for an adrenal case or someone going through a lot of stress to consume high amounts of potassium try to get it from the salads large salads or a good electrolyte but potassium it definitely affects many different things including energy all right next thing is salt cravings why because the adrenals need salt to help them function so many times like after a stressful day you may even crave salt and then consume salt and sometimes sugar because the way that what’s happening to the adrenals and you may just feel i can breathe better i feel better i have more energy from that salt um if you’re deficient in salt you’ll feel weaker so the more stress you experience the more salt you need but don’t forget to add the potassium to that because we need at least twice as much potassium as sodium all right the next point susceptibility to getting sick or having an infection the adrenal gland hormone specifically cortisol is an immune suppressive hormone so it suppresses the immune system that’s why they give it to people with overactive immune systems allergies autoimmune diseases where there’s a lot of inflammation uh they give you prednisone which is a type of cortisol and what that’s doing it’s suppressing your immune system it’s turning it off it’s turning off this over reaction same thing with the cytokine storm they give people prednisone to turn off that overreaction of your immune system well when you go through a lot of stress or a shock to the system like a sudden loss of a loved one for example a lot of things can happen to your immune system it just basically shuts off and you can develop an autoimmune disease in fact when i was in practice i asked people that had autoimmune diseases when did it start i’m not kidding like in like probably 98 of the time maybe 99 of the time it was after a loss of a loved one or a major divorce so that adrenal stress can shut down the immune system to the point where all sorts of things can happen like viral infections things going haywire all right next point is autoimmune i just mentioned that autoimmune diseases are connected to stress and also gut permeability issues okay because that’s your barrier to your immune system so when you have a gut issue um you can have certain things invade and cross through the barrier and start creating these immune reactions on top of stress it’s just a deadly combination all right acne why because part of the adrenal hormones are androgens so if you’re pumping out too many androgens you can get an enlarged sebaceous gland in excess oil and have acne and not to mention what cortisol does to insulin it raises insulin okay and too much insulin will then make more androgens especially in females and that’s called polycystic ovarian syndrome so you can develop that from too many carbs or too much stress next point i want to talk about is asthma the medication for asthma is bronchocorticoid steroid inhalers okay again cortisol because cortisol is a vasodilator it helps you breathe it helps open up the coronary artery as well as well as the bronchial tubes asthma is kind of just a weakness within the adrenal glands you know one really cool thing about vitamin d vitamin d is kind of a natural uh form of cortisol without the side effects it’s really a hormone it acts very similar to cortisol so this is why if you have asthma or any of these symptoms you should be taking more vitamin d because it can definitely help especially with asthma okay next thing is allergies i’ve kind of mentioned that with the immune system if you have a lot of allergies it could be a weakness within the adrenal system and allergies tend to get worse under stress and so another indication you have to mistress is allergies and i already talked about asthma but i do want to mention one point about that i mean think about what happens with asthma especially when you’re with your breathing your breathing is not calm you’re constantly trying to get air and i did a video on this i’m going to put it down below if you haven’t seen this you should watch it because when you try to get too much oxygen um you then have an imbalance with co2 and i’m not going to get into it in this video but the point is that breathing too much will stop the absorption of oxygen in your lungs and this is why um people that are in panic attacks should be breathing in a bag to increase their co2 not the oxygen so then they can then breathe better but try to think about what happens when you um blow up a balloon or hyperventilate you literally pass out so watch that video if you haven’t seen it on you know it’s on panic attacks and also asthma all right sinus is definitely adrenal issues because cortisol resistance affects the sinus passages and they basically swell up that’s why sleep apnea and sinus issues are related to high levels of cortisol which then develops cortisol resistance which is too much cortisol chronically all right i already mentioned sleep apnea osteoporosis after menopause um what happens during menopause is the adrenal glands now have to back up the ovaries that are going in retirement if there’s weaknesses within the adrenal system going into menopause what happens is it causes a a problem with a spike in cortisol and that spike can start to affect not just hot flashes but osteopenia and osteoporosis because cortisol isn’t is a catabolic hormone it breaks down protein and a part of bone is protein so we’re basically thinning the bones i remembered one dentist that came in to see me right during menopause now all day long she’s like hovering over people but she found right when she went through menopause her entire spine going up into her neck started to collapse and she just she lost height in her spine her body shrank and she’s just like hunchback right now so that was that spike in cortisol it’s very destructive and so that’s why it’s so important to strengthen your adrenals before you go through menopause all right another one is acid reflux and gastritis when you go through stress it can elevate the amount of acid in your stomach and also one little side note which is kind of interesting you lose h plus the hydrogen ion if you know anything about chemistry it’s well it affects the ph but you lose that with um with the high levels of cortisol and so when you go through more stress you lose the h plus which really is your acids so then you’re not going to have enough acid and then the body is going to overcompensate by producing more acid and also you’re not going to be able to close the valve on the top of the stomach and that leads to gerd and the solution is to add more acid like betaine hydrochloride to the stomach not to add in antacid because that is going to make things worse all right and the last thing is gallstones cortisol can create a deficiency of bile and it’s a lack of bile and an excess amount of cholesterol that can then develop into stones all right so those are all the indications that you’re going through too much stress so now what can we do about it number one you need to force yourself to shift your attention to solving other problems that are more mild so take up things like putting puzzles together okay or maybe um playing chess with someone or some type of craft where you’re actually working with something with your hands and so you’re kind of getting yourself out of your head and your problems are shifting to other things like a really good activity would be something like bird watching where you’re just taking your attention off all these problems and you’re focusing on something else very very therapeutic all right next step is to start hanging out with people that support you there’s two types of people people that bring you up and people that bring you down now even within the youtube channels there’s always going to be haters and if you have a youtube channel this can be very very stressful and upsetting if you’re reading all these comments of people hating you all that long but if your adrenal glands are good and you can cope with stress it doesn’t it’s not going to bother you but with some people it’s very very devastating now with me i have the ability to delete those people and block those people which is very very nice and they don’t bother me anymore because i have so many people that support me which i that’s you right there watching and i really really appreciate it so it’s interesting the different channels out there i mean like what is the goal is it to help people to provide information or is it just to i don’t know entertain people by criticizing them i mean that doesn’t make sense to me but the point is that you just need to start hanging out with people that only support you and don’t hang out with anyone that doesn’t support you all right number three vitamin b1 b1 b1 nutritional yeast has the natural b vitamins well if you haven’t ever tried this vitamin b1 in the form of nutritional yeast make sure it’s non fortified with synthetics okay because they put they use petroleum it’s not a good thing when they put that in nutritional yeast whether it’s in tablets or a powder when you take nutritional yeast within about three to four minutes you’re going to feel like stress relief because stress depletes b1 and vitamin b1 will just take the stress right out of your body and you’ll feel relaxed you’ll feel less internal tension it’s dramatic and it works like nearly 100 of the time next thing that you want to do is start eating more foods high in potassium because potassium is lost with high levels of stress you can also do a potassium supplement but you want to make sure that you have sufficient potassium as well as sodium or or sea salt all right regular exercise or physical work very very important the more physical work you do the less stress you’re going to have you’re giving a lot of oxygen and you are getting rid of stress by physical activity the worst thing to do is go through the whole day get stressed out and go right to bed i mean you haven’t gotten rid of the stress you have to actively do something to get rid of stress because all stress is accumulative our bodies are a bucket of stress all right number six you need to do a detox from the news the news is extremely stressful so you don’t want to watch the news for a long time and guess what you’re going to feel much better all right last point is a low-carb diet high carbs will make you more stress it’s a fact that when you go on low carbs your mood is going to be elevated so if you’ve had anxiety before you’re not going to have anxiety you’re going to feel better if you add intermittent fasting as well so i have a lot of videos on that topic now i have another video that you need to watch it’s an actual technique that i walk you through how to do acupressure on different parts of your body to extract accumulated stress it’s taken me a long time to figure this out and i’m going to teach you how to do it to yourself and for some of these maneuvers you might need someone else to do it on you but it’s very very awesome check it out i put it right here you