When the stress hormone cortisol goes up, all the key anti-aging hormones go down.
The long term consequences of out-of-control cortisol levels include chronic high blood pressure, memory changes, depression, insomnia, “diabesity,” and of course abdominal fat. Abdominal fat has four times the amount of cortisol receptors than any other fat cells and so is a telltale sign of cortisol imbalances.
When cortisol is in balance, it is truly your BFF hormone. It gives you that get up and go and provides you with an energetic surge in emergency situations whether you are emotionally upset or physically challenged.
The best way to know if you have out of balance cortisol levels is via an adrenal stress hormone test. (The adrenals produce cortisol.) Or you can make an appointment for an evaluation.
Shake MORE Salt: Yes, you heard that right. Most of us are sodium deficient and the right type of salt (Sea Salt) can support adrenal function and balance elevated or depleted cortisol levels. Without sodium, muscles become stiff and hardened. Without sodium, we all become like stone. Sodium relaxes soft tissue and is incredibly important when you are under stress.
Don’t mistake this as saying that the sodium packed packaged food is the way to go. I mean adding real mineral sea salt to your diet.
Walk AWAY Stress: Any type of movement with deep breathing is a terrific combo to beat stress. At least 20 minutes a day of consistent movement and frequent breaks from that computer are in order.
Take Supplements to Relieve Tension: The very best dietary supplement of all is magnesium which acts like a tranquilizer in a bottle, use up to 800 mg per day. You can also up your Super EPA fish oil supplement to 4,000 mg per day when under stress and consider some valerian before bed.
All in all, stress is inevitable. But it need not take its toll on your body. You can bring down stress permanently and balance cortisol levels by nourishing your body, mind, and spirit.