Cort-RX by ATP ScienceSKU: 12913
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- Helps the body to adapt efficiently to external stress
- Reduces the severity of internal stress from toxic, immune and inflammatory triggers
- Takes the burden off the adrenal gland and has a sparing effect on cortisol
- Helps to restore healthy cortisol fluctuations
- Anti-catabolic - by reducing the damaging effects of cortisol in response to stress, training and stimulants
- Improve resilience
- supports healthy digestion, detoxification and antioxidant defence systems
- supports healthy immune system function
- potent anti-inflammatory and pain reliever
To fully understand how to influence hormonal secretions and activities we must first understand the big picture and know the natural cycles that dictate our body’s priorities between thrive or survive.
The HPA (Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal) Axis mediates our survival response.
The Hypothalamus in our brain collects data from our body to inform of potential stressors. The definition of a stressor is “anything that makes a change in our body”. So basically changes to our external and internal environment can instantly trigger a stress response. Our body can’t afford to wait and see if something is life threatening before it reacts, therefore it will trigger a stress response, proactively, just in case. The immune system, inflammatory chemicals, emotional stress, fear, pain, temperature extremes, toxicity, training hard, caffeine etc will all activate the Hypothalamus to initiate a survival response.
The hypothalamus sends a message to the pituitary gland in the form of a chemical called CRF (cortitropin releasing factor) aka CRH (corticotropin releasing hormone) to say stress! The pituitary gland panics and forgets all about the chemicals needed for other metabolic processes and activities, such as the gonads (The HPG axis) and the thyroid gland (the HPT axis) for now and pumps resources toward survival.
The pituitary gland pumps out ACTH to stimulate the adrenal cortex to release the hormone cortisol.
Cortisol has a number of jobs to do to aid in short term and long term survival:
- In the short term, cortisol helps to raise blood sugar by gluconeogenesis and insulin resistance.
- It also switches off most of the internal stress activators if they have been temporarily spiked by a low dose trigger like a microorganism or an allergen.
- Cortisol switches off the activated immune system and stops the reaction.
- Cortisol switches off the inflammatory response (By the way cortisone and hydrocortisone creams etc for colds flus and allergic reactions are drug versions of cortisol).
- Cortisol blocks the sleepy chemical serotonin and wakes you up.
- Cortisol raises blood pressure and blood volume through fluid retention in case of injury.
The secreted cortisol gets back to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in your brain and activates negative feedback receptors to switch off our HPA axis stress response and everything goes back to normal. Cortisol is released to protect us from our own defence mechanisms. Too easy.