Cortisol is the hormone of adrenal gland it is also known as the hormone of stress. It main role in the organism is to supply you with enough energy in stressful situations.
This natural mechanism usually goes this way: your body recognizes that you are dealing with stress and it sends signals to the brain, it is ordering the adrenal gland to start producing bigger amounts of cortisol. But when the level of stress lowers or passes the level of cortisol should also lower to the level it was before the stress attack.
Having in mind how much stress is present in the life of modern people, the level of cortisol is often increased and it may have various consequences on the human health.
Blood test will very fast show the level of cortisol in the blood, but you can also determine this by presence of various symptoms.
HOW TO DETERMINE IF THE LEVEL OF CORTISOL IS TOO HIGH
Read the list of symptoms below and check the symptoms that you notice in the past six months. If you checked 5 or more symptoms, you are dealing with increased level of cortisol. If you checked 3-4 symptoms of the list you suffer from hormonal imbalance which is not that serious. 3 or less checks are probable sign of hormonal dis balance and need to be confirmed by your doctor.
SYMPTOMS OF INCREASED CORTISOL
- You feel like you are in constant rush from one to another obligation
- You feel accelerated but tired
- It is hard for you to settle down or you have sudden rushes of energy before going to sleep and you stay awake late in the night.
- It is hard for you to fall asleep and having trouble sleeping.
- You feel anxiety, nervousness and you worry about things that you can’t control.
- You lose control easy, you have anger and fury attacks and scream and yell often.
- You don’t remember important information and feel disoriented especially when you are under pressure.
- You need sweets after every meal, especially chocolate
- You have fertility problems
- You have skin problems such as eczema, rash, redness, itching
- You lose bone mass
- You have high blood pressure, increased heart rate that are not linked to sudden excitement.
- You have increased blood sugar level.
- You shake before meals because sugar level is unstable.
- You have digestion problems or stomach ulcers.
- It takes too long to recover from injury.
- You have strange rose or purple color stretchmark on the stomach or back.
- Irregular menstrual cycles.
HOW TO LOWER LEVEL OF CORTISOL NATURALLY
Did you read carefully the list above. How many checks you made? If you checked 5 or more fact on the list, than it is probable that you have increased level of cortisol in the blood.
If the level of cortisol is high it may cause adrenal fever, hormone disbalance, heart diseases, increased cholesterol in the blood, extremely high blood sugar level, diabetes, osteoporosis, increase body fat, lower testosterone level, lowered muscle mass.
Having in mind that it is dangerous for your body to be under increased level of cortisol for longer period, you have to do everything to bring it down naturally.
There are natural supplements that help you lower the cortisol level such as basil, magnolia, golden root, glutamin, vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B 5. Food that is rich with these supplements will be good choice so add more fish, legumes, seeds, cereal to your nutrition.
It is very important to have regular meals that are in equal intervals. Don’t miss meals because it leads to cortisol releasing and increases it level even more.
Your nutrition needs to be based on more fruits and vegetables, cereal and food that has low glycemic index such as eggs.
Stress relieving techniques
You have so many simple techniques to get rid of stress. Try meditation, yoga, stretching exercises, breathing, walking in nature. It can really help.
Don’t use stimulants
Energy drinks are packed with sugar and caffeine that can create addiction and also affect your healthy sleep. Avoid drinking coffee in bigger amounts and before you go to sleep.
Don’t exaggerate with training
Exercise is healthy but if you train more than 2 days in a row it will disturb your natural rhythm and increase cortisol level. Your body may need more time to recover from exercise and you need to rest and lower the intensity of exercise.
Go to sleep on time
You need to relax in order to deal with stress more effectively. Rest well, go to sleep earlier. You may need more time to rest and you need to know that sleeping is not wasting time, it is important for healthy body and soul.
Laugh often because laughter is a remedy. Choose your company to be optimistic people, watch comedies, and protect yourself from disturbing content that is on TV or on the internet.
Walking, yoga, tai chi, stretching, breathing exercises have amazing effect on the adrenal glands. Avoid hard and exhausting training if you have increased level of cortisol.
Supply your body with needed amounts of water. Don’t let it dehydrate. Water is essential for normal functioning of every organ in the body.
This mineral is very important for normal function of adrenal gland. The best way to supply your organism with it daily needs of potassium is through nutrition. Choose fruit and vegetables that are rich in potassium as carrot, corn, avocado, tomato, asparagus, spinach, apples, apricots, pears, bananas, oranges, strawberries, algae.
Vitamin B 5
Vitamin B 5 or pantothenic acid is also important for normal functions of adrenal glands. You can find vitamin B 5 in foods like cereal, lentils, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, tomato, peanuts. If you don’t eat these foods regularly then get supplements that will give your body needed amounts of vitamin B 5.
Other vitamins and minerals
It is important to keep the level of vitamins A, C and vitamin E normal so that adrenal glands work normally. Minerals like zinc, chromium, magnesium and manganese are important to keep the cortisol in order as well as essential fatty acids and amino acids.
There are various plants that can benefit the function of adrenal glands and are recommended to people that are exposed to stress. Some of the best are astragalus root, ginseng, liquorice, rodiola rosea, borage and ashwagandha.