How to Reduce Your Cortisol Levels Naturally
“When it comes to Cortisol, do you find you stress about stress? If so, here’s how to reduce cortisol levels naturally.”
Would you like to learn how to reduce your cortisol levels naturally? Let’s face it, stress exists in everyone’s lives. It comes in many forms. It can be good and bad. And it doesn’t affect anyone in the same way.
Sometimes we create stress when we worry about things – even those we have no control over. For example, whether or not the bus will be on time, the car that cuts us off in traffic and what other people think of us. Of course, stress can also motivate us to work harder, plan and change our lives for the better.
But all of that stress causes cortisol.
Cortisol is a hormone that can cause adverse effects on our body … from weight gain, to cravings, to depression.
To reduce your stress levels, try these suggestions:
1. Add Adaptogens
Adaptogenic herbs such as Maca, increase the body’s resistance to stress, and ability to ‘adapt’. It helps to alleviate anxiety, stress and trauma by restoring the body’s natural balance and homeostasis. Maca improves hormonal communication (without effecting blood hormone levels) and mitigates levels of cortisol, helping your body respond to stress.
2. Eat foods rich in Vitamins B and C.
B-vitamins are stress-busting. They are essential in the production of our feel-good neurotransmitters. And while B6 is especially important in terms of busting stress, it’s also the first to be depleted in the presence of stress.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that also helps curb the large spikes in cortisol as a response to mental stress. Foods rich in Vitamin C include camu camu, maca, red peppers, strawberries and black currents; while foods rich in B6 include raw cashews, red peppers, spinach and bananas.
3. Get some good shut-eye.
Sleep helps regulate cortisol levels. And although it’s stress that keeps you awake, try adding calming herbs and teas to your bed time ritual, such as tulsi (holy basil), chamomile, lemon balm or passionflower tea.
4. Balance exercise, relaxation and sleep
Exercise releases endorphins increasing your feeling of happiness. Yoga and meditation in particular help to calm your mind, engage your breath and boost your spirit. Sleep also helps regulate cortisol levels. And although it’s stress that keeps you awake, try adding calming herbs and teas to your bed time ritual, such as tulsi (holy basil), chamomile, lemon balm or passionflower tea.
5. Think positively
Most of the stress in our life is perceived stress – things we create in our head. Change the way you look at and think about things. Find a new perspective. Always think in the positive. Shiny, happy thoughts!
6. Laugh it off!
Take a deep breath and … LAUGH OUT LOUD! Laughter really is the best medicine!”
If you want to learn how to reduce your cortisol levels naturally, remember that to be healthy you must take a look at everything that you do. Exercise, eating right and reducing our stress are all a part of a healthy lifestyle.