As I have mentioned before on this board, I feel and peform much better on paleo, but I have gained a little weight and it is mostly in the abdominal area. I have especially noticed it in the past 3 weeks where I can see the change and it has also shown on the scale (3-4lbs). I am 99% sure it is cortisol issues as I can literally feel the hormone flowing through my body (heart palpitations and anxiety) throughout the day and the abdominal weight gain problem. I have tried to decrease my workouts, which is very hard to do when you are gaining bf, and increase my sleep. My diet is 99% paleo with an occasional glass of wine or piece of cheese.
My internal medicine doctor, who is very paleoish, suggested I take l-theanine. Has anyone used l-theanine (http://www.web-us.com/l-theanine_anxiety_reducer.htm) for cortosol problems?
Any other suggestions to decrease cortisol? Should I avoid empty stomach morning workouts or HITT? Any food that I should avoid? Should I increase or decrease caloric intake?
Right now I am doing 3 days of a modified Westside Barbell routine (30-40 minutes), 1 day of sprints and 1 days of 30-40 minutes of Muay Thai. I eat 3 larger meals a day consisting of protein, fat, and veges and 1 snack, usually nuts, seeds, or coconut products.
asked byhemanvt (5773)
Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!
on February 15, 2011
at 02:42 PM
My neurologist recommended I switch from coffee to green tea high in l-theanine. He likes the calming effect that combines with the stimulating effect of the caffeine. The headache meds I was on were giving me some anxiety symptoms, so he recommended the switch.
If you get your l-theanine naturally, through green tea, make sure you buy good quality tea. If you buy bags, get them as fresh as possible. When I use bags I get them in the foil-wrapped air-tight pouches, not the paper envelopes like Lipton. Stash tea makes a good variety.
The ultimate loose grean tea, at least in terms of l-theanine content, is gyokuro. Expensive, but you don't have to use very much.
If you supplement, I have heard you want to use the suntheanine form, which gets more l-theanine into the bloodstream. Many varieties are available on Amazon.
I supplemented for a while but have switched back to just using green tea. The tea has other benefits in addtion to being a more natural way to get my l-theanine.
I would say the edge has come off my anxiety, but the effect of the meds was too much for a natural supplement to counter. Hence I am tapering off the meds.
on March 11, 2015
at 08:07 PM
L-theanine has hehped me recently. I didn't really feel it until I took a second scoop of powder form theanine. Each scoop has about 200 mg. I ordered the powder through Amazon. The powder supplier is LiftMode.?? Aound $22-23 if I remember correctly. I was never sure the powder worked because I only used 1 scoop ( I'm kind oh a heavy set male ).?? I also tried 100 mg. capsules which I got from Whole Foods a few years back. Again I was never sure it helped but I usually took 1 or 2 capsules.
A recent trend in supplements is getting the ingredients in dry powder which can get you pretty good savings. I've noticed a lot more online businesses selling powder form sups along with scoopers and measuring tools.
In case you haven't heard of it, there is another supplement out there that people are reporting as helpful managing cortisol.
It's kind of expensive though --?? phosphatidylserine.?? Oddly enough, this was another supplement I was never absolutely sure worked until I increased the dosage.
I happened to be reading a workout log at a bodybuilding site where a guy said he like to take 300 mg. phosphatidylserine shortly before going to be bed.?? I had?? only been using 1 100 mg. capsule which was underdosed for me.
When I tried 3 100 mg. I felt it working, similar to theanine.?? A month's supply would run about $25, less if you shop around. The brand I was using was NOW.
Cortisol is much discussed in the bodybuilding community and is commonly referred to as he "a****ole" hormine because it is such an annoyance. It keeps you awake when you want to sleep, wakes you in the middle of the night, promotes fat storage.
Good luck with your ketogenic program - hope theanine helps.
on February 16, 2011
at 01:40 AM
This isn't about theanine (although I do drink a lot of green tea which seems to make me feel pretty good), but you might try eating some starch post workout - unless you already are.
on February 16, 2011
at 12:32 AM
this is not an answer but i am just relating what happens to me. i have had severe fogginess, lack of energy, extreme thirst and anxiety. it seems that green tea and ginger ( for nausea) work as far supplements go. i am skeptical about using the green tea because the caffeine will cause cortisol will rise but it does work. i can only work out 2 to 3 days a week because i have no energy and my job is more physical and stressful now. hope this helps