How to Reduce Cortisol Naturally (Stress Hormone)

Have you seen the self-help books on how to
reduce stress? So which one has the real answer? Two reasons that spring to mind as instigators
are: finances and romances. But that’s not all; there’s often a kaleidoscope
of trouble brewing internally. The hypothalamus located in your brain starts
to ring the alarm. Then the adrenal glands rev up production
of cortisol – which is known as the stress hormone. In today’s video we’ll take an in-depth
look at this steroid hormone and learn more about its function. Cortisol’s responsibilities Helps keep insulin in check
Helps us remain in control as we respond to stress
Helps regulate blood pressure Aids the immune system’s health
It sounds like a good hormone, but a continuously high level of cortisol can lead to Cushing’s
syndrome. Some of the causes of Cushing’s syndrome
Chronic stress Adrenal gland problems
Consuming too much alcohol Depression Symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome Mood swings
Not your typical moody blue days – but days on end when you can’t seem to enjoy anything. Digestive problems
When cortisol levels are too high, energy is diverted away from the gastrointestinal
tract. This rerouting process reduces enzyme production,
which hampers digestion. Heart disease and High Blood Pressure
When too much stress in your life triggers an over-abundance of cortisol, it may elevate
your blood pressure. This can place you at a higher risk of heart
disease. Sleep problems
When we awaken in the morning, cortisol is in full production mode to help us make the
transition from sleep to life in the real world. Those who suffer from chronic stress have
unstable cortisol concentrations, and they won’t have that extra burst of morning cortisol. Weight gain
The next time you feel a craving for carb-laden foods and sweets, you may be able to blame
it on cortisol. Having a high amount for an extended period
can stimulate an appetite for food you wouldn’t ordinarily want to eat. Premature wrinkles
Leave it to this pesky hormone to make a visible statement on our faces. High cortisol levels can dehydrate our skin,
leaving it prone to premature wrinkles. Other symptoms include: Aches and pains, especially backaches
More susceptive to infections, as cortisol may weaken the immune system
Growth of facial hair in women Development of pinkish/purple stretch marks
on non-pregnant women These symptoms develop gradually, at least
in most cases. Therefore, it may take time before a problem
is clearly recognized. These symptoms may not be associated with
a cortisol problem; they could be related to another medical condition. But if you suspect you may have too much cortisol,
you can make lifestyle changes to reduce it. How to lower your cortisol production 1. Eliminate caffeine
It’s worth a try to eliminate it from you diet for 2 weeks. Reports indicate that 200mg of caffeine can
elevate blood cortisol by 30% in only 1 hour. 2. Sleep deeper and longer
Sleep deprivation can create a host of health issues. Perhaps you could try a natural substance,
Inositol. It’s a branch of the vitamin B family and
is naturally present in certain foods. To include it in your diet, add these to your
daily menu: beans, peas, cantaloupe, whole wheat, brown rice and raisins. 3. Exercise regularly
Exercise is a stress buster. It not only builds muscle mass but it also
causes your brain to produce serotonin and dopamine. These two brain chemicals reduce stress, depression
and anxiety. 4. Keep your blood sugar stable
That includes banning donuts and cookies from your plate. Consuming excess refined sugar and simple
carbs can cause your insulin production to soar. Try to eat a little bit every few hours. This will keep you from binge eating. Reach for food that has good fats, protein
and complex carbohydrates – which can keep cortisol levels low. 5. Drink more water
Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water will also keep cortisol from spiking. Drink a glass of water when you go to bed
and when you first awaken. 6. Take anti-stress supplements
These can be found naturally in calcium, vitamins B and C, magnesium, zinc and CoQ 10 7. Meditate or listen to relaxation tapes
Much of the music today can break the sound barrier. If you want to relax and lower your cortisol,
turn on some soft music. Or try meditation. We have enough bad stuff on our plate – and
that can get us tangled in knots. Take control and lower your cortisol. You’ll be glad you did.

33 thoughts on “How to Reduce Cortisol Naturally (Stress Hormone)

  1. vitamin B complex indeed reduce stress…but still hate it when suddenly trigger the anxiety that can't calm the brain…

  2. Thank you … Now I know! <<<< Why my cortisol level is high.>>>>
    1-I drink to much tea (contain caffeine)
    2-My sleep time is less than 6 hours
    3-I do not exercise regularly
    I will change these points in my life to feel better life and healthy


  4. I can recommend taking ashwagandha as it helps keep cortisol under control. Rhodiola drops work very well taken half an hour before an expected stressful event.

  5. Mine is high but the doc said not high enough be Cushing thank god. Thing is all of a sudden I can’t hold food down. Last couple years cortisol got high and things are out of whack like some other hormones. I crap like 3-5 times a day and it’s not the good kind. It comes fast and slight pains around spleen area when I eat and don’t eat. Anyone else have these issues?

  6. I saw a movie called "Once Upon a Forest" and I got PTSD from watching it. I've been suffering for 9 years. I took different types of medications such as Zoloft, Citalopram and Prozac, but they didn't work. What should I do next?

  7. I have high cortisol levels, makes me out of whack everyday. My anxiety is through the roof the minute I wake up. Heart rate is in the high 90s when i wake. I started taking magnesium packets (natural calm), probiotic for my GI distress, yoga, and essential oils. I am doing soo much better.!! That magnesium is incredible.! Huge difference

  8. Worrying about love and personal finances are two luxuries I can not afford. No fun for years. Drug dealers, crooked politicians, crooked cops and adults too sissy ass lame to help out are the problem. Jesus had this same problem but the mob of locals crucified him

  9. There is only one way to reduce cortisol: SLEEP. Also, make sure you are getting enough B vitamins, potassium, calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D.

  10. IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. β€” That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, β€” That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. β€” Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

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