The #1 Sign of High Cortisol – The Stress Hormone? What is the best way to know if you have high cortisol? What is cortisol? Cortisol is the main stress hormone and if cortisol is too high there are a lot of problems that could happen in your body.
Here are some symptoms when your cortisol is too high.
• You get belly fat.
• You lose protein in your thigh muscles and your buttocks. As a result, your knees become very painful and weak especially when you are climbing stairs.
• Your blood pressure might increase first starting with the systolic, that is the top number and then ending up with the diastolic too.
• Allergies, asthma, acne, anxiety, low tolerance to stress, people start really getting on your nerves especially slow drivers, inflammation because cortisol is the main anti-inflammatory.
• Inflammation it could be anywhere such as back pain.
• Blood sugar problems. You can even end up becoming a diabetic if there is too much cortisol. This is why when people get injected with prednisone for example where they use prednisone a lot sometimes they can become a diabetic.
• Cravings for carbs and breads is one way to know that you have a problem with cortisol.
• Decreased libido.
• Decreased potassium because potassium goes through you and that is a problem because potassium is needed for so many things like energy, relaxing you, balancing fluids, it is a main electrolyte, etc.
• You may tend to hold salts and that is why you have Edema (swelling of the tissues), you also will lose something that is involved with making acids and hydrochloric acid so you end up with digestive problems because you do not have enough acid.
• Your blood pH can go more on the alkaline side not the acid side that a lot of times people think more alkaline and that can give you a whole series of additional problems.
But in addition to all these symptoms one of the best ways to know you have high cortisol is the time you wake up at night. Typically it is going to be about between 2 and 2 30 a.m. in the morning is when you become awake.
You wake up and think and analyze and solve problems and worry for hours and then you finally went to sleep around 8 a.m.
The pattern for high cortisol is you wake up between 2 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and then you finally can get to bed right around 8 a.m. when you are supposed to wake up. That is because cortisol follows a circadian wave and cortisol normally is supposed to be the lowest at 2 a.m. in the highest at 8 a.m. in the morning so everything is kind of backwards. When you should be sleeping you are most awake when you should be awake you are mostly asleep and then also you might have a problem with midday right around 2 to 3 p.m. you just want to take a nap.
That is the pattern of high cortisol. You can also do a saliva test there is also a hair analysis. If you test your cortisol with your blood you are only looking at your cortisol at one time of the day as compared to the hair, which gives you an overall average of what is going on with cortisol or a saliva test which is good, which you are measuring like every four hours through a whole period of time to find out what is happening on this pattern.
The question is what do you do if you have symptoms of high cortisol.
Well find out what or who is causing your stress. Do something to improve that. Long walks in nature are very important. Physical work is a little better than exercise even exercise is really good but physical work to the point where you are you can get tired because it also does not just deplete you of the nervous energy but it gets your attention off problems. Vitamin B1 essential, nutritional yeast is one of the best sources and lots of it. Vitamin D3 is vital. Another reason why vitamin D is good is because cortisol tends to block the storage of vitamin D as well as the ability to use vitamin D. People with high cortisol usually are always deficient in vitamin D and vitamin D is also good for depression and vitamin D acts like cortisol in the body with all the side effects. It will help you regulate or balance cortisol that you already have.
Potassium and magnesium are the two minerals that are physiological tranquilizers they are key minerals that help relax the nervous system and usually if you have high cortisol you are going to be deficient in both of these. Taking those either an electrolyte or in food is very important.
Then apple cider vinegar because you have alkalosis and we need to acidify the body so then you can start absorbing the minerals and breaking down protein.
To learn more please read, How to Lower Cortisol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mrp1wgW9Z4 The Non-Stress Cause of High Cortisol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiYuIsBzBE4&t=0s
This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, Blog – Post – How to Lower Cortisol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2fKo_dbXS0 Dr.
Berg is a chiropractor, who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting, is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.
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