Cortisol – also known as the stress hormone – works on the brain to produce and control your levels of mood, fear, and motivation. It is crucial to our health and functioning, but overly high cortisol levels can bring about numerous unhealthy conditions.
High cortisol can be affected by several natural ingredients and by a number of lifestyle factor adjustments. Here we discuss safe and healthy ways to lower cortisol levels naturally.
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8 Ways To Naturally Lower Your Cortisol Levels
What Is Cortisol?
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in your adrenal gland that supports several functions in healthy bodies. Cortisol helps regulate metabolism, controls inflammation, regulates both blood pressure and blood sugar, and helps support your circadian rhythm, a natural process that regulates your sleep-wake cycle.
Why Lower Cortisol Levels?
With so many important functions, why lower your cortisol? Because over-abundance of cortisol is known to produce negative side effects including stress and anxiety.
Cortisol is the hormone that triggers the fight or flight response in animals including humans. Whenever you experience something that your brain perceives as a threat to your safety, your brain releases a chemical that notifies the adrenal gland to produce more cortisol and adrenalin preparing your mind and body to respond to the perceived threat with either fight or flight.
The fight or flight response is a natural process but is meant to be temporary and to resolve after the danger passes. However, societally, our brains have come to perceive many non-life-threatening events as sufficiently stressful to evoke this response.
Continually elevated cortisol levels can lead to anxiety, depression, heart disease, memory loss, digestive issues, insomnia, and weight gain. So controlling cortisol levels in a healthy, balanced state is crucial for overall health.
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How To Lower Cortisol Levels Naturally
- Get Enough Sleep
Studies have demonstrated the relationship between cortisol and lack of sleep. Insomnia – the simple condition of lack of sleep – can trigger elevated cortisol further reducing your ability to sleep and creating a cycle. Set a healthy bedtime routine with a consistent time and conditions that support sleep like quiet, darkness, relaxation, and no electronics.
- Mild Exercise
Too much physical activity can actually raise cortisol levels. However, a calming walk will usually lower free and active cortisol. In addition, cortisol spikes from exercise are lessened when the exercise is regular and consistent so keep your daily walk daily.
Deep breathing is an effective treatment to help produce lower cortisol levels and can be done anywhere at almost any time. Studies have shown that controlled breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which helps to lower cortisol levels.
L-Theanine is a non-proteinaceous amino acid found in green tea and contains neuroprotective, mood-enhancing, and relaxation properties. In clinical testing, it has shown significant properties for reducing stress and anxiety in people facing stressful situations.
Ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb that has been used for more than three thousand years and also stands up to contemporary research and efficacy standards in multiple controlled studies. The plant extract has been found to be very helpful in calming anxiety, and specifically agoraphobia or fear of crowds in open spaces, revealing stress scores 30-69% lower than the control (placebo) group. Ashwagandha also lowers cortisol, the stress hormone, significantly.
Phosphatidylserine is a naturally occurring lipid that helps make up the cell membrane enwrapping every cell in the body. As part of the cell structure, phosphatidylserine is crucial to cellular functioning, especially in the brain. The method of efficacy is not yet clear, but phosphatidylserine is successfully used as a treatment for stress, depression, and ADHD.
- Valeriana Root
Valerian Root is an herb and is rich in valerenic acid, isovaleric acid, and abundant antioxidants – each of which is known to reduce anxiety and promote sleep. The body’s chemical messenger, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) responds to valerian in its activity in the brain and central nervous system. Valerian root also contained the antioxidants linarin and hesperidin, both of which have been studied for their sedative and sleep-inducing capability. In particular, the amygdala – the brain’s emotion center – has been shown to respond to valerian root with a balancing of excessive activity.
DHH-B (dihydrohonokiol-B) has been used in Asian medicine for centuries and is approximately 2,000% stronger than honokiol, the magnolia bark extract from which it is derived. Without benzodiazepines, DHH-B boosts GABA, a neurotransmitter that produces a calming effect by soothing those neural properties that facilitate agitation, turmoil, and upheaval.
Regen Labs’ Insta Zen Complete Anxiety Formula contains all five of the natural ingredients listed above: DHH-B, L-theanine, ashwagandha, phosphatidylserine, and Valeriana Root. Insta Zen calms the noise and brings peace using only natural ingredients and may be a partial solution if you are experiencing chronically elevated cortisol.
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