7 Ways to Lower Your Stress Hormones

7 Ways to Lower Your Stress Hormones

“When your stress cortisol hormone levels are high enough, they’ve documented that looking at a doughnut actually changes your metabolism.” [Emphasis mine] ~ Christine Northrup, M.D.

Please read the above quote by Dr. Christine Northrup once more. You should now be ecstatic to learn how to lower your stress levels!

Aside from controlling cravings and boosting metabolism, there are plenty of other reasons to keep stress levels at bay.

Read on, friend!

What is cortisol?

Cortisol is our body’s primary “stress hormone,” produced by the adrenal cortex of the adrenal glands.

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“When your stress cortisol hormone levels are high enough, they’ve documented that looking at a doughnut actually changes your metabolism.” [Emphasis mine] ~ Christine Northrup, M.D.

Please read the above quote by Dr. Christine Northrup once more. You should now be ecstatic to learn how to lower your stress levels!

Aside from controlling cravings and boosting metabolism, there are plenty of other reasons to keep stress levels at bay.



Read on, friend!

What is cortisol?

Cortisol is our body’s primary “stress hormone,” produced by the adrenal cortex of the adrenal glands.



Cortisol is technically a glucocorticoid (“glue-core-deh-coy-de”), a naturally-produced class of steroid hormones. While many of us think of cortisol in strictly negative terms, it actually helps keep us alive, active, motivated, and productive.

However abnormally high cortisol levels can be a bad thing; even causing acne, high blood pressure, and weight gain. Indeed, high cortisol can lead to a number of long-term health problems.

The two most significant contributors to high cortisol levels are chronic stress and long-term use of corticosteroids. Synthetic corticosteroids are usually prescribed to people who are unable to produce enough of the hormones naturally.

Corticosteroids are prescribed to treat inflammation, immune system disorders, or electrolyte imbalances.

Lowering cortisol levels naturally

(Please note: Individuals diagnosed with Cushing’s disease – a severe condition wherein excess cortisol levels are caused by a particular type of pituitary tumor – should consult with their physician before attempting this or any other treatment, alternative or otherwise.)

Okay, so now that we understand the pros and cons of cortisol, we’re going to talk about how to lower this pesky chemical.

Let’s get to it!

1. EAT A WHOLE FOOD, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET

Poorly managed blood sugar levels, including hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), can contribute to high cortisol levels and hormonal imbalances.

An anti-inflammatory diet that is high in antioxidants, essential nutrients, and fiber, can help control cravings, maintain hormonal homeostasis, and strengthen adrenal functions!