Lower Cortisol Levels Help Relieve Stress, Improves Mood and Well-being
Some of the symptoms of chronically elevated cortisol are depression, anxiety, fatigue and a generally lowered sense of well being. When cortisol is functioning properly in the body it will not cause any of the above mentioned symptoms.
Alright, I’m sure by this point you are wondering how to naturally lower cortisol levels in the body. Out of all the supplements that lower cortisol on the market the five listed below are the most effective and cost friendly options to relieve stress. Keep in mind, I am recommending these due to the large amount of clinical research supporting their effectiveness. In most cases the following supplements have been shown to naturally lower cortisol or prevent it from becoming excessively elevated after strenuous exercise.
Vitamin C is beneficial in a number of ways. It is primarily used to aid the body's immune system and fight off diseases, infections and harmful bacteria. Surprisingly, vitamin C increases the body’s ability to regulate cortisol. It does this by increasing the bodies sensitivity to cortisol. Vitamin C intake allows the cortisol the body produces to regulate inflammation more effectively. This means the body can create and utilize a smaller amount of cortisol while getting the same overall effect.
Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogen, which is an anti-stress compound that works to fight off all sorts of stress in the body. If you aren’t quite sure about what adaptogens are used for you can look at this adaptogen primer. I talk about how adaptogens have historically been used and what my favorite ones are. Anyway, like many adaptogens, Rhodiola Rosea has a multitude of benefits such as the ability to increase testosterone and help fight off fatigue.
Another one of the supplements that lower cortisol is Ashwagandha. It’s another adaptogen similar to Rhodiola Rosea that can be taken in two different forms: a concentrated liquid and KSM66. Ashwagandha is one of the most effective supplements for physique enhancement. Not only can ashwagandha increase metabolism and circulating testosterone levels, it also has the ability to lower cortisol levels.
As mentioned in the TestShock manual, reducing cortisol levels is paramount to maximizing your testosterone levels naturally. Since cortisol and testosterone work on an axis, it is nearly impossible for them to be maximized at the same time. When testosterone levels are high, cortisol levels are low and vice versa. And we know that lower cortisol levels means lower stress levels.
Another supplement that is wildly effective in its use to lower cortisol and increase testosterone levels is Phosphatidylserine (PS). FDA studies have even shown that taking PS can reduce your likelihood of getting neurodegenerative disease in the future. Similarly, a host of other age related diseases are mitigated by taking a a reasonable dose of PS every day.
Magnesium is a common micronutrient that often gets forgotten or ignored. Having a magnesium deficiency is common cause of chronic depression and anxiety among both men and women. Adding magnesium back in your diet will naturally lower cortisol levels in your brain and revitalize your endocrine system if you are deficient.
When any of the building blocks of these enzymes are in short supply, the body will slow or stop production of these compounds. Many fitness enthusiasts only view macronutrients as important; this is a huge mistake. While macronutrients provide energy and building blocks to work with, micronutrients aid the body by breaking down and delivering the macronutrients to and from its designated position.
Micronutrients are so important that I decided it was worth it to get myself tested. While I’m focused on magnesium deficiencies, as it is a common deficiency many people have, it is important to keep in mind that all micronutrients are important.
If you think you might have a deficiency I would suggest getting checked. It’s definitely one of the first things you need to get straightened out as micronutrients are the building blocks for all hormones.
If you need to increase your magnesium like I did, I recommend spinach and ZMA.