Do you have a busy life and suffer from lots of stress? Is your weight going up? Are you tired all the time? Or do you have high blood pressure? Is your libido going down? Are you thirsty all the time? Or do you have muscle aches and pain?
These are some of the many symptoms that your Cortisol levels are too high. if your Cortisol levels remain too high for a long period then this becomes a real health problem.
The release of Cortisol is often useful in situations of high pressure and only for short periods.
Cortisol (normal levels) is necessary to keep you awake, helps in dangerous situations. It also helps burning fat and reduce inflammation. It keeps your blood pressure under control as well as your blood sugar levels.
Diseases like Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease can cause an increase in Cortisol levels. Certain medicine like synthetic glucocorticoids will affect Cortisol as well. But your doctor should be well aware of this when you do a blood test to measure cortisol levels
To lower your Cortisol Levels you should:
- Avoid stress
- Get enough sleep
- Eat whole foods
- Avoid sugar
- Limit your coffee and alcohol intake
- Start exercising or just moving more
- Try herbs like Rhodiola Rosea, ginseng or ashwagandha
- Do controlled breathing techniques
- Meditate or Yoga
- The doctor can do a blood test to measure your cortisol levels.
Foods to eat to lower Cortisol:
- All fruits high in vitamin C and low fructose like oranges or kiwi
- Foods which are high in magnesium like spinach, avocado, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds or black beans
- Food that contains omega 3 fatty acids like herring, mackerel, oysters salmon, way oysters.