Lower your stress and lower cortisol levels.
Stress is the root cause of many diseases and complicates our lives in small and big ways. Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the United States? Stress is hard on the heart, so anything we can do to lower our stress levels will help our hearts.
What Is Cortisol?
Cortisal is often called “the stress hormone” because it is a naturally-occurring steroid hormone that plays a key role in the body’s stress response. It also contributes to many of the body’s processes. Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal glands and involved in the regulation of the following:
- Blood pressure
- Glucose metabolism
- Immune function
- Inflammatory response
- Insulin release
What Happens when Cortisol Levels are too High?
As you can see, cortisol is important. However, when levels stay too high, you might experience a range of unwanted symptoms such as:
- Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
- Decreased bone density
- Decreases in muscle tissue
- Higher blood pressure
- Impaired cognitive performance
- Increased abdominal fat
- Lowered immunity
- Slower wound healing
- Suppressed thyroid function
In rare cases, very high cortisol levels can lead to Cushing’s syndrome, a rare but serious disease.
Natural Ways to Lower Cortisol and Stress
Luckily, there are several things you can do to lower cortisol levels. One of the most enjoyable and relaxing things you can do is get a massage. There are numerous benefits of massage, and of the main ones is relaxation and lowering stress. You can book a massage today and start lowering your cortisol levels for a great night’s sleep.
Additional things you can do to lower cortisol include:
- Get enough, good sleep every night
- Maintaining a good bedtime routine
- Moderate Exercise
- Eat a good diet
- Relaxation techniques
- Taking up a hobby
- Laughing and having fun
- Avoiding caffeine at night
- Cultivating healthy relationships
- Getting a pet
- Taking fish oil and ashwagandha supplements
- Drink chamomile tea, and other soothing herbal teas
- Spending time in nature
Which one are you going to try this week?
We at All Body Kneads would love to talk to you about your health plan and create a service plan that can best address your issues. Please contact us at:
Business Phone (517) 898-2899
6910 South Cedar Street, Suite #4
Lansing, MI 48911-6912
You can also schedule an appointment online at here.