Yes, I've heard about
Dr Baschetti and I've read the interview. So far I've only been able to find one website selling his powder though, and it's not very explicit about
As for the side effects, I've read about
all the usual ones such as increased blood pressure, sodium retention, potassium loss etc. However I don't think chronic use of licorice powder has been thoroughly researched. One study I found did mention that a fairly large daily intake decreased testosterone levels in young men by about
50% after a few weeks, but I'm fairly sure that was at dosages higher than prescribed by Dr Baschetti so I didn't read the article that closely. I'm not familiar with the exact biochemistry of how the licorice powder has its effect but in the absence of evidence to the contrary, I don't think there's any reason to assume that the side effects of indirectly increasing cortisol would necessarily be identical to supplementing with cortisol directly. But I'm not an expert... I haven't read much about
the side effects of cortisol itself.
I have never tried digestive enzymes and I don't really feel particularly inspired to. I don't know anything about
Enzymedica, sorry. Personally, I'm sceptical about
how much benefit the enzymes will provide. Enzymes are just proteins, so i think the majority of them will be denatured and lose function when exposed to stomach acid. Besides, even if this is not the case, I think it should be sufficient to avoid offending foods. I've found that my intestinal health doesn't affect my fatigue anyway. As for speeding the healing process, I'm not sure I even believe this is something the body will gradually heal itself of even if kept free of stress. But hey, people say I'm too negative.
I think regular sleep patterns are important for good health generally so I try to maintain some semblance of routine. It is difficult though, as I find sleeping to be much more difficult since the onset of my fatigue. I used to be a very deep sleeper and could fall asleep even when I wasn't tired and sleep the whole night easily. These days if I'm not tired and I go to bed regardless, it can take me hours to get to sleep. I try to avoid sleeping during the day so I can sleep better at night and just go to bed when I feel like I can sleep. I think it's important to exercise a bit everyday if for no other reason than so I can sleep.
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