Let’s talk about stress!
First off lets talk about cortisol and what it does. Cortisol has gotten a bad rap. It is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands and its known as the stress hormone- the flight or fight response. We are hard wired to have high cortisol in the morning and low cortisol in the evening. This rhythm often gets disrupted by lifestyle and perceived stressors- our brains can not differentiate between perceived stressors and real stressors. As cortisol levels are disrupted, norepinephrine (neurotransmitter) levels increase. High norepinephrine causes increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and it feels like anxiety. When cortisol is depleted it depletes other hormones causing a host of problems.
Here are some of the things I have been doing to combat stress and balance out my adrenals.
🔅anything that activates the parasympathetic system- (massage, breath work)
🔅cordyceps (I add this to my morning coffee)
🔅licorice root (best taken in morning)
🔅Vit A, C & B5
🔅Ashwagandha (use at bedtime)
🔅Glycine (good for liver at bedtime)
If you are still feeling tired, have slow recovery or feelings of stress and anxiety check your cortisol levels. Its an easy test to do at home. Want more info on this?