The body's way of responding to a form of 'demand' or 'danger' is through stress. Hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) are released, which let the body decide how it will fight or take emergency action.
It is the hormone cortisol, or also known as the stress hormone, that can be detrimental to ones health - both mentally and physically.
It is also an inhibiting factor to those focused on training and gaining results.
Why is this you may be thinking?...
This is because, cortisol is a catabolic hormone. It breaks down muscle tissue and inhibits progress.
So for both sporting and overall health improvement, high cortisol levels need to be lowered to reach optimal results.
The following are some suggestions to help lower your cortisol levels...
Not getting adequate sleep makes one feel moody, irritable and not able to function to full capacity. When overtired, one is more prone to cognitive impairment and on edge (being very reactive to things around you). These factors create stress.
There are 24 hours in a day. If you divide a day into balanced components, you can organise your day with 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of play and 8 hours of work. Of course this varies from person to person, however, it is a guide w encourage you to try and structure around.
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Another tip on reducing cortisol levels is to eat frequently. You may like to incorporate 5 smaller meals throughout the day instead of eating 3 large ones. Eating regularly will also prevent feelings of hunger (which causes stress on the body). It may also prevent food cravings as they are encouraged by high cortisol levels.
We suggest also ensuring your diet is as balanced and nutritious as possible. A high fiber and protein diet will ensure you feel full and satisfied, which once again will reduce stress hormones. You may also like to reduce sugar and starch intake to ensure cravings are kept at bay.
You have probably heard that certain activities can release endorphins, also known as, happy hormones. Well believe it or not, but listening to music can! Music increases the amount of endorphins released and reduces stress hormones in the brain.
It may sound cliche, but it is true, laughter really is the best medicine. It has been found that has endless positive physical and mental benefits.
One such benefit is that laughter lowers stress hormone levels.
So go on, lighten and loosen up and have a giggle.
It has been shown that being alone and isolated from other can potentially increase cortisol levels.
Human bonding, like laughter, is important to both mental and physical health.
Relationships are crucial and beneficial to reducing stress levels.
It is important each day to have some 'you' time and practice some form or mindfulness. Such practice can lower stress levels.
It could be as simple as a few deep breaths!
Paying attention to how your body is working or what it is experiencing (mindfulness) is a great practice that is extremely beneficial to reducing a number of negative effects - both mental and physical with the added bonus of reducing stress hormones.
Exercise is good for anything and everything! Is there anything is can't fix!?
By participating in exercise, it releases endorphins, helping reduce cortisol levels. Exercise releases built up stress or or other counterproductive emotions.
Don't worry about tomorrow. Take each day as it comes. Try to go with the flow. Try your best to keep a positive mind set and know things always fall into place.
Overall, try to sleep more, eat healthy, chill, interact with other, listen to some good beats, set aside some you time each day and exercise and you should notice a dramatic difference in your stress levels.
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This product has been designed to optimise the adrenal system and support better general function as well as reducing stress response. It helps maintain healthy cortisol levels.
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