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How To Lower Cortisol

By Dr. Eric Berg DC
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How to Lower Cortisol

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

Cortisol is made by the outside of the adrenal gland. As you age the opposing hormone called growth hormone which is anti-aging goes down and bottoms out about the age of 50 years old.

The relative racial of growth hormone to cortisol, the cortisol goes higher because it is unopposed there is nothing to push it down. Anything that helps increase the growth hormone will help lower cortisol.

Growth hormone made by a gland in the pituitary and it works with the liver - it activates when you sleep. If you can improve your sleep or get more sleep naturally it will lower cortisol.

IGF or Insulin-like growth factor is a hormone that is similar by growth hormone but is produced by the liver. IGF regulates fat burning and blood sugar when you are not eating and primarily as you sleeping.

If you are eating all day you will not trigger the growth hormone unless you are sleeping good. I recommend only 2 to 3 meals a day. You will find that your IGF will go up.

What You Can Do

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

  • Vitamin D3 will help lower cortisol but realize when you take it has to be daily doses 10,000 IU and make sure you are 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 or 7 to 10 cups a day of vegetables.

  • There’s also vitamin B1 which you can get through nutritional yeast - put it in yogurt or in peanut butter.

  • A little calcium before bed such as calcium citrate or calcium lactate - not 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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