Progesterone (aromatase conversion; 17a-Hydroxyprogesterone): adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol: Stress Hormones and Heart Disease: Increase Progesterone and decrease Cortisol
Why Am I Feeling Irritable on Keto (The Ketogenic Diet)? Dr. Berg talks about feeling irritable on keto (the ketogenic diet). When you keto adapt and change your metabolism from sugar to fat, you will need additional nutrients (B-vitamins, minerals like potassium). This can come from low blood sugars. Because the brain doesn’t contain stored glucose (glycogen), it depends on glucose from the blood and if there is low blood sugars, not enough fuel, this can severely affect how you feel in the head (thus the irritable and moody brain). This is is why it key to run your body on ketones instead. Keto and intermittent fasting must be done together and you need to use high quality foods. If your trying to do with without enough potassium foods (large amounts of vegetables), you may not feel correct. Its these nutrients that help fix insulin resistance and stabilize your blood sugars.
How to Lower Cortisol: Cortisol can be reduced by increasing GH and IGE, as well as, getting sunshine(vitamin D), walking and potassium foods and much more–watch the video to learn more.
Cortisol, which is a stress hormone, is destructive and makes belly fat.
Cortisol is made by the outside of the adrenal gland. Growth hormone, which is an anti-aging hormone, opposes cortisol. But as you age, this opposing hormone goes down and bottoms out when a person is about the age of 50 years old.
Growth hormone is inversely proportional to cortisol. Cortisol goes higher when it is unopposed or when there is nothing to push it down.
Anything that helps increase the growth hormone will help lower cortisol.
Growth hormone is made by a gland in the pituitary and works with the liver. It is also activated when you sleep. If you can improve your sleep or get more sleep, your cortisol will naturally lower.
IGF or Insulin-like growth factor, a hormone which is produced by the liver, is similar to growth hormone. IGF regulates fat burning and blood sugar as you sleep and when you are not eating.
If you are eating all day you will not trigger the growth hormone unless you are sleeping well.