I think most people (particularly non-Peat folks) would see the title of this post and think that by “stress” I mean emotional stress. I don’t mean that, although emotional stress certainly is a joy killer. I mean stress hormones, which can be caused by emotional and environmental factors, as well as biological processes that aren’t functioning optimally for one reason or another.
I’m still taking niacinamide and aspirin, 100mg of each, 3 times a day to inhibit fatty acid release (and thus to inhibit cortisol/stress). I can really tell a difference in my mood now when I don’t take them. I feel ok, but there’s definitely a more *happy* feeling when I do take them. I think it’s stress hormones that have kept me from feeling that sense of happiness, and when I do the things that inhibit them I feel pretty great.
So to inhibit cortisol, here’s what I’ve been doing:
- Every time I eat I make sure there’s some kind of fruit/juice/sugar involved, some kind of fat, and some kind of protein. If I don’t overdo it on the carbohydrate I don’t have any blood sugar issues. Previously when I was eating fruit/sugar I was drinking 8 oz of orange juice at a time – now I only drink 2-3 oz at a time, and it’s always paired with protein/fat.
- Eating frequent small meals.
- I’m keeping lights on at night until I go to sleep, rather than spending time awake in the dark.
- Taking niacinamide/aspirin 3x a day. I’ve also started taking cynomel (T3) once a day, just 1 mcg. I actually cut up a single 25mcg tablet into 25 pieces and I take one itsy bitsy piece of it a day. I took 2 the first couple days and my heart was pounding after the second one. So going very….very….slowly.
- Eating before bed and right when I wake up in the AM (the opposite of intermittent fasting, really).
- Eating raw garlic to inhibit the proliferation of bad gut bacteria, minimizing the endotoxin –> inflammation –> cortisol cascade. At least 1 clove per day, sometimes as much as 4.
- Minimizing PUFA (of course…this goes without saying now, really. And yet, I said it.)
- Red light/sunlight – as much as possible.
An interesting thing about garlic – I can’t stop eating it. I’m completely addicted to raw garlic now. I’ve been cutting it up and putting it in my food…and now I really like how it tastes when I chew it – it no longer tastes too strong, provided there’s other food in my mouth at the same time.
Here’s what else I’m doing these days (and I’m writing this as much for me as for anyone reading this….one day if the *happy* goes away again, I want to be able to refer to this page to determine where I may have gone off track):
- Beef liver 1x/week (about 5 oz)
- Shellfish (shrimp, crab, or smoked oysters) – 2-3x per week
- Vitamin A 10,000 IU (on days I don’t have liver)
- Vitamin D 5,000 IU/day
- Vitamin K 4mg/day
- Vitamin E 400 IU 2-3 days/week
- Progest E – 3 drops/day during second half of my cycle
- Magnesium Glycinate 200mg/day
- Pregnenolone 1000mg 1x/week (or every 2 weeks)
- Diet of milk, cheese, eggs, OJ, fruit, coconut oil, butter, raw carrots, chocolate, beef, lean chicken/ham, spinach, kale, bone broth, and sometimes starches (rice, potatoes, or gluten-free bread)
I feel really good these days. Happy.
Update (forgot a couple things):
I’m also taking:
- A probiotic and prebiotic supplement once per day, first thing in the AM before eating
- Hydrochlorothiazide (HTZ) for my high blood pressure. I notice my blood pressure is higher when I miss a dose of my magnesium than a dose of the HTZ though. Hope to be phasing this out soon. I’ll be experimenting soon with taking more magnesium.