How To Reduce Corisol For Weight Loss

A few tips to reduce cortisol that are designed to help you create the conditions to promote optimal health.

Fight or Flight Response,  cortisol is a necessary stress hormone designed to help you cope with danger by releasing amino acids from the muscles, glucose from the liver, and fatty acids into the blood stream to produce a tremendous amount of energy.To be realistic, in modern society we lack the inclination to react to the stress hormones by physically burning them up in intense physical activity, the elevated hormones continue to stimulate the release of even more stress hormones.

Elevated stress hormones puts the body in a catabolic state where you literally lose muscle and store fat with a immune system depression, bone loss and brain shrinkage! on the other side lower cortisol for weight loss.

As the body ages, high levels of cortisol and estrogen for men increases , DHEA , growth hormone and testosterone decrease.  At 40 years old, we start to feel aging. DHEA production falls, cortisol rises, and suddenly, we no longer have the same energy or endurance we once took for granted.

 The combination of high cortisol, low DHEA and low growth hormone production causes the body to store fat, lose muscle and slow the metabolic rate.

Stress makes you burn fewer calories and cortisol can actually reduce the body’s ability to release fat from its fat stores to use for energy! Stress hormones cause increased body fat in the abdominal region, exactly where we don’t need or want it.

Chronic stress can lead the body to ignore the function of insulin.

     1. Limit caffeine from your diet, but do not necessarly stop, coffee has amazing anti-cancer benefits. 200 mg of caffeine  increases blood cortisol levels by 30% in one hour! Cortisol can remain elevated for up to 18 hours in the blood.

     2. Sleep deeper and longer. The average 50 year old has nighttime cortisol levels more than 30 times higher than the average 30 year old. Melatonin, a  hormone produced at night that helps regulate sleep/wake cycles, before going to sleep to boost your own melatonin production that also decreases with age. It is anti-cancer but some people has terrible nightmare.

    3. Hire a personal trainer to practise a high intensity work out and interval cardio to build muscle mass and increase brain output of serotonin and dopamine, brain chemicals that reduce anxiety and depression.

     4. Keep your blood sugar stable. Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates, eat high fiber foods to keep from spiking your insulin production.

Eat frequent small meals balanced in protein, low GL carbohydrates and anti-inflammaory fats . Low GL carbohydrates keep cortisol levels lower than high GL carbohydrate diets. Drink a lot of purifie water, dehydration puts the body in stress and raises cortisol levels.

     5. Take supplements like B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, chromium and zinc, and antioxidants like vitamin C with didydroquercitin, R-fraction stabilized sodium alpha lipoic acid, grape seed extract, and ubiquinol or quinogel.

Adaptogen  like ginseng, rhodiola and ashwagandha help the body cope with  stress and rebalance the metabolism. These supplement and herbs will not only lower cortisol levels but they will also help you decrease the effects of stress on the body by boosting the immune system.

     6. Meditate, pray,relax and do yoga, it  promotes the production of alpha (focused alertness) and theta (relaxed) brain waves. Avoid too much computer, texting and  jolting alarm clocks that take you from delta waves (deep sleep) to beta waves (agitated and anxious) and stimulants  that promote beta waves while suppressing alpha and theta waves.

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