Do I Have High or Low Cortisol: Confusion Clarified

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Let me clear up some of the confusion around high and low cortisol. Check this out. 

0:00 Cortisol explained
0:35 Symptoms of high cortisol
1:08 Symptoms of low cortisol 
1:45 Cushing’s syndrome and Addison’s disease 
2:10 A subclinical cortisol problem
2:42 Cortisol resistance explained 
4:35 What to do for cortisol resistance
5:15 What to do from a nutritional standpoint 

There is a lot of confusion around cortisol. Many people are unsure whether or not they may have high cortisol or low cortisol. Today I want to help clear up this confusion. 

Symptoms of high cortisol (Cushing’s syndrome):
• Large waist
• Thin leg muscles 
• Round face
• Insomnia 
• Blood sugar issues 
• Atrophy in the gluteus maximus (butt muscles) 
• Acne 
• Allergies 
• Low vitamin D
• Excessive thinking 
• Osteoporosis 

Symptoms of low cortisol (Addison’s syndrome):
• Thin waist
• Tan 
• Vitiligo 
• Poor immune system 
• Salt cravings all day long 
• You’re completely burnt out 

Cushing’s syndrome is very rare. Addison’s disease is also very rare. However, there can be a subclinical problem with cortisol. This means that it may not show up on a blood test or a saliva test until it’s very advanced. I believe many people have a subclinical cortisol problem that’s hard to detect with certain testing. 

With a subclinical cortisol problem, the receptor for cortisol has become downgraded. There is now a cortisol resistance problem. With this situation, you can actually have symptoms of both low cortisol and high cortisol.

To potentially help with cortisol resistance, you need to do whatever you can to inhibit the trigger for cortisol. You need to drop your stress. Isolate where your stress is coming from and do whatever you can to minimize the stress. There are things you can do as far as exercise, diet, nutrients, and even a certain massage technique that I’ve outlined in other videos. There is also something natural called Panax ginseng that may potentially help, along with lowering your stress.

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Dr. Berg, age 55, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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Thanks for watching! Overall, whether or not you may have high or low cortisol, you may really want to focus on reducing your stress as much as possible.
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