High Cortisol /Low DHEA

High Cortisol-Low DHEA (3)Stressful emotions produce more cortisol, the stress hormone, and positive emotions are associated with more DHEA, the vitality or anti-aging hormone. Both hormones have long term effects on our cognitive functions. High cortisol can kill brain cells in the hippocampus, the brain’s long term memory center, and impair learning.

Long term accumulated stress and the resulting imbalances in the ratio between cortisol and DHEA are known to affect the hippocampus, as well as many other important functions involved in the aging process.

Increasing how much time we spend in positive emotional states is a key factor in improving and sustaining cognitive functions. Experts have found that social support, volunteering in the community and learning emotional self-management can help slow down cognitive decline by increasing resilience and lowering emotional stress.

Stressful emotions that we all experience at times, like irritation, frustration, resentment, anger, worry, anxiety, fear, apathy, cause a de-synchronization in the activity of the brain and nervous system, which directly impairs cognitive functions.

On the other hand, when we have a more positive outlook, when we’re feeling hopeful, appreciative, caring and loving, it improves the way our brain and nervous system process information. Many older people with extraordinary cognitive capacities typically have a positive outlook, a heartfelt passion for life, and a real care about society and other people. People with these positive qualities tend to live longer and are mentally and physically healthier as they advance in age.

The HeartMath tools and techniques that you will use in this Brain Fitness Program have been shown to reduce cortisol and increase DHEA naturally, without the use of supplements or other dietary or lifestyle changes. The graph below shows the changes that occurred in 30 days in one study using HeartMath tools.

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This Case Study shows how using the HeartMath tools can impact levels of both Cortisol and DHEA. In this study, 28 people practiced a HeartMath coherence building technique* for a month and saw an average 23% reduction in Cortisol and 100% increase in DHEA without changing diet or exercise.  *These subjects practiced sustaining coherence for 30 minutes every day with a modified version of the Heart Lock-In ® Technique. The outliers in the graph stated they did not practice.

About the Authors:

DebroahRozman.HRDeborah Rozman, Ph.D., is President and CEO of HeartMath® Inc located in Boulder Creek, California. She has been a psychologist in research and practice, and a business executive for over 30 years, and co-author with HeartMath founder Doc Childre of HeartMath’s Transforming series of books (New Harbinger Publications):

Transforming Anger, Transforming Stress, Transforming Anxiety and Transforming Depression. HeartMath offers scientifically validated tools, technologies and training programs that dramatically reduce stress, while empowering health, cognitive performance and behavioral change. HeartMath’s award winning emWave® and Inner Balance™ technologies monitor and provide real time feedback on heart rhythm (HRV) coherence levels, an important indicator of mental and emotional state. HeartMath also offers certification programs for individuals, health professionals and organizations).

 

Rollin0309.lab5pknk3[4]Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., is Executive Vice President and Director of Research of the Institute of HeartMath, a research and educational organization located in Boulder Creek, California. The Institute’s research has laid the foundation for the development of positive emotion-focused interventions that have been demonstrated to reduce stress, enhance health and cognitive performance, promote emotional stability, and improve quality of life (www. heartmath.org) .

McCraty is a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, holds memberships with the International Neurocardiology Network, American Autonomic Society, Pavlovian Society and Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University. McCraty is an internationally recognized authority on heart-rate variability, heart- rhythm coherence and the effects of positive and negative emotions on human psychophysiology.

 

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This Case Study shows how using the HeartMath tools can impact levels of both Cortisol and DHEA. In this study, 28 people practiced a HeartMath coherence building technique* for a month and saw an average 23% reduction in Cortisol and 100% increase in DHEA without changing diet or exercise.  *These subjects practiced sustaining coherence for 30 minutes every day with a modified version of the Heart Lock-In ® Technique. The outliers in the graph stated they did not practice.