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How To Lower Cortisol

By Dr. Eric Berg DC
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Our Educational Content is Not Meant or Intended for Medical Advice or Treatment

How to Lower Cortisol

Cortisol, which is a stress hormone, is destructive and makes belly fat.

Cortisol is made by the outside of the adrenal gland. Growth hormone, which is an anti-aging hormone, opposes cortisol. But as you age, this opposing hormone goes down and bottoms out when a person is about the age of 50 years old.

Growth hormone is inversely proportional to cortisol. Cortisol goes higher when it is unopposed or when there is nothing to push it down. 

Anything that helps increase the growth hormone will help lower cortisol.

Growth hormone is made by a gland in the pituitary and works with the liver. It is also activated when you sleep. If you can improve your sleep or get more sleep, your cortisol will naturally lower.

IGF or Insulin-like growth factor, a hormone which is produced by the liver, is similar to growth hormone. IGF regulates fat burning and blood sugar as you sleep and when you are not eating.

If you are eating all day you will not trigger the growth hormone unless you are sleeping well. 



What You Can Do
 

  • Getting sun on a regular basis is a very good way to lower cortisol. If you go sunbathing in the beach, it will relax you and lower the cortisol. Bask regularly in the sun for at least 6 months.

  • Vitamin D3 will help lower cortisol. When you take it, it has to be in daily doses of 10,000 IU. Make sure you are also taking vitamin k2 with it.

  • Walking is way better than any other exercise to lower cortisol.

  • Do acupressure to pull stress out of your body and increase your potassium about 4700 mg. This is equivalent to 7 to 10 cups a day of vegetables.

  • You can also take vitamin B1 which you can get through nutritional yeast. Mix it in yogurt or in peanut butter.

  • Take a little calcium before bed such as calcium citrate or calcium lactate. Do not take calcium carbonate because it is bad for you.
     



What to Avoid

Stay away from people that bring you down or stress you out.
 

Avoid negative people - they can severely affect your stress.

 


Change your job or stressful environment if you can.

 

Learn more about adrenals and Hormones from Dr. Berg Video Blog.


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