I originally wrote this post for the ‘tears’ thread but I feel it deserves its own thread.
😀 Hi Mari,
You asked me what could bring cortisol levels down in order to lower stress. I have found that cortisol and stress feed on each other but exercise breaks this cycle.
Don’t drink a lot of caffeine rich drinks like coffee because caffeine raises cortisol levels and this stresses the body. Cola’s have some caffeine so don’t drink too much cola.
One of Dr. Perricone’s key concerns in maintaining an anti-aging lifestyle is the control of stress. “Of all the destructive, proinflammatory and proaging forces I have observed as a physician, nothing compares to stress. Stress causes various hormonal changes in your body that rapidly alter cellular function in your vital organs.” According to Dr. Perricone, the real danger of stress is that it increases the levels of cortisol in the body. In excessive amounts, the hormone cortisol can cause brain cells to die, increase blood sugar levels and negatively impact on the immune system.
In a lecture I saw Dr. Perricone call excessive cortisol “the death hormone.”
Supplement help controlling excessive levels of cortisol:
The key is to suppress elevated levels of cortisol, not decrease normal physiological levels of this hormone – a certain amount is needed for it’s anti-inflammatory and other effects.
One way is to take anti-cortisol supplements in the morning upon rising and then before bedtime, as these are two times that cortisol levels seem to be raised.
Vitamin C and Green Tea are mentioned in this web site as good regulators of excessive cortisol. This is an excellent site to read …very informative.
Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines are particularly good choices because all are rich in omega-3 essential fats that help to counteract adrenaline’s blood thickening effects.
(Cortisol and adrenalin both come from the Adrenal glands.)
The adrenal glands burn up vitamin C, magnesium and vitamin B-5 in an attempt to meet demands of adrenaline production. During periods of long term exposure to stress the body can become very acidic. To compensate for the shift and to restore bodily fluids like blood back to the preferred alkaline state minerals such as calcium and magnesium are drawn from stores in bone tissue. Cortisol also has the effect of suppressing bone regeneration. Both these factors can contribute to an increased risk in the development of Osteoporosis.
The fooddoctor web site states that good old salmon among other fish and vit C, Magnesium and vitamin B5 are destroyed by cortisol. So the logical thing to do is to supplement yourself with these nutrients. It is interesting that B5 is destroyed by cortisol since B5 is helping many people get rid of acne, and we know that one of the causes of acne is excessive stress.
So to reduce cortisol levels you need to exercise at least 3 days a week, try to drink less coffee and cola; take a good mineral supplement that has magnesium and calcium in it. Also, take vitamin C, vitamin B5, eat salmon, drink Green Tea and consider taking some of the other supplements mentioned in the third web site will reduce cortisol levels. The vit C (plain ascorbic acid), and green tea are easy to obtain, and are low in price. A good multi-mineral supplement is moderately priced.
I take extra magnesium citrate and some calcium with vit C at bedtime because it relaxes me. This works better than anything else for a good nights sleep.