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Product Review: Cort RX

By Beau
For the last month or so I have been trialling a new product named Cort RX. Have you ever looked down at your belly and see just this pudge of fat that just sits there? No matter how much you train and follow a strict diet, you just see this fat hanging there like a balcony off the second storey of an apartment building. I was getting that, and it turns out the best thing to do about it is stop stressing about it, literally. Fat stores in the little belly 'pudge' region due to a hormone called cortisol, a stress hormone activated by mild level stress and long training sessions. I've touched on cortisol before and that doing long training sessions doesn't actually equal better results. 

Cort RX is a new product from Australian based Company ATP that has multiple benefits for your body, and your mind too. I haven't seen a product like this before and to tell you the truth it's groundbreaking, I'm not sucking up to ATP Science nor have they paid me for this review and as we have seen in the past Rachel has had a hiccup with the company before, and even she was impressed with the results I was getting.

These are the 2 points I'm going to touch on:

- More Energy
- Less Stress = Less Belly Fat

are they not what we all strive for in our busy, day-to-day lives?

Lets start at the more energy.
Cort RX is an adrenal cortex, we use our adrenal glands when we have any stimulative substance like coffee, pre-workout, fat burners etc. We drain the adrenal glands to a point where can't use them again until they start to rebuild and return to functioning order. So after that first coffee for the morning wears off and you go to grab another, you're not going to get that same stimulative effect that you got from that morning cuppa. It also blocks the sleepy chemical serotonin which means you will be more awake, that’s why you find so many stressful people are also insomniacs. More adrenaline = more energy.

Less Stress = Less Fat
Cortisol plays a major part in the bodies defensive systems, basically our bodies act first and think second, so if the body is under attack from any internal or external stress factors, it automatically thinks we are in danger and releases the chemical to our brain to calm ourselves down. Once this hormone has been released through the body it then store on our bellies as fat. Great…… another thing to be stressed about, being fat.

Whats in it? A whole heap of stuff I can't pronounce that's found in the ground which Rachel will probably translate for me when she puts this post up, like:
Schisandra chinensis (nicknamed 'five flavour berry', a woody forest vine, grows in China and Russia)
Withania somnifera (Indian Ginseng - the roots have been used in traditional medicine for centuries)
Rhodiola rosea (Rose root, a herb known to strengthen the immune system)
Turmeric (An Indian spice)

So it's an all natural product which a lot of you like. The thing that really makes me love this product is the many things it can help with as well in day to day life, like inflammation, anxiety, lack of energy and inability to sleep. So many people need help with these things and it's no wonder its been flying off the shelves.

This is definitely a product worth trying if you have at least one of the mentioned symptoms. I know this is something I'll be using for a long time.

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Benefits of Tumeric

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Turmeric, an ancient spice from the same family as ginger, is something that could be missing from your life. Turmeric contains some handy little things called curcuminoids, the main ones are curcumin, desmethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin. These fellas are responsible for most of the anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic and antioxidant properties that turmeric contains. This spice can be helpful as a natural therapeutic relief to tissue injury, arthritis, phlebitis, tuberculosis, fevers, allergies, sinusitis, fibromyalgia, gastritis, tissue irritation and autoimmune disorders (McMahon, 1997). Turmeric is also packed full of micro-nutrients that your body requires, like niacin, sodium, calcium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins C, E, and K.

So lets simplify and break down 5 things turmeric can do for you:

1. It is an anti-inflammatory Although short-term inflammation can be necessary for the body, long-term (chronic) inflammation can work against your own tissues and cells (Singh & Aggarwhal, 1995). The curcumin, which I mentioned before, is so anti-inflammatory that it has matched effectiveness with some medical-grade anti-inflammatory drugs (Jurenka, 2009).  Beau’s fibromyalgia was causing him a lot of pain one day (more than usual) and he was aching all over and felt like he was getting the flu, but had no other symptoms, so I made him a turmeric tea. Beau said that he used to mainly get the pain through his hips and he noticed that an hour or two after the tea the pain had just disappeared. He drinks it every day now.

2. Fights colds and flu Heat 1 cup of milk with ½ a teaspoon of turmeric (and then strain out the turmeric and drink the milk – it does not taste pleasant…) as a natural remedy to colds and flus. Studies have shown that the spice can help reduce the symptoms and severity of colds (Turmeric: the golden spice’, 2013).

3. Helps indigestion and weight loss There have been some studies which have shown that curcumin is able to help reduce symptoms of indigestion and bloating and acts as a natural thermogen. If you’re not yet familiar with the world of supplements a thermogen is a product that promotes thermogenesis. Thermogenesis is a process that takes place when the central nervous system of the body burns fat in order to maintain it’s regular temperature. Increased rates of thermogenesis can mean increased body temperature but also greater fat burning and faster weight loss (Jin-Gyu, 2014).

4. Relief for arthritis and other joint inflammation The pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can be relieved by the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. In addiction to the pain relief because it’s a ‘natural pain killer’, turmeric has been found to also destroy free radicals in the body, free radicals can damage your cells.

5. Controls diabetes Turmeric has been found to moderate insulin levels, improve glucose control and increase the effectiveness of diabetes medications (Finney-Brown, 2011). It is still best to consult a medical professional before taking turmeric capusules for this purpose.

So there you have it! Five great things about turmeric, and there are way more too! The easiest way to have turmeric is half a teaspoon in a cup of boiling water (like a tea). The taste does take a bit to get used to, if you really can’t tolerate it try adding some cinnamon and/or raw honey.

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References:

Finney-Brown, T 2011, ‘Turmeric for diabetes’, Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism, vol. 23, no.2, p 96.

Jin-Gyu, K 2014, ‘Beneficial dietary effect of turmeric and sulphur on weight gain, fat deposition and lipid profile of serum and liver in rats’, Journal of Food Science and Technology, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 774-779.

Jurenka, J 2009, ‘Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent of Curcuma longa: a review of preclinical and clinical research’, Alternative Medicine Review, vol. 14, no. 3, p 277.\

McMahon, S 1997, ‘Tumeric: from kitchen cabinet to medicine chest’, Vegetarian Times, vol. 240, p 70.

Singh, S & Aggarwhal B 1995, ‘Activation of transciription factor NF-kB is suppressed by curcumin (diferuloylmethane)’, Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 270, no. 44, pp. 24995-25000.

"Turmeric: The Golden Spice." Facts For You 8 Jan. 2013. General OneFile. Web. 26 Oct. 2014.