Elevated stress hormones can expedite the aging process by activating the breakdown of collagen in the skin, sleep disruption, creating sugar (glucose), break down of proteins in the brain, increased inflammation, appetite, and weight gain. Fortunately there are ways to help manage this.
Cortisol and other stress hormones from the adrenals can be managed through several different lifestyle changes.
Sleep: Create a bedtime routine where you power off your television and cell phone, lay down, and practice prayer or meditation. Ensuring adequate sleep will get stress levels down.
Exercise: Regular exercise is linked to better stress management and lowering negative outcomes linked to excessive stress. Exercise should be moderate, as it can have the opposite impact if overdone.
Diet: Individuals who consume refined grains, starchy-carbs, and added sugars have been found to have higher levels of cortisol. Eating a diet rich in vegetables, healthy fats, moderate proteins, and fiber which supports a healthy gut can keep stress levels at bay.
Support Healthier Stress Hormone Levels
Theanine: A molecule derived from tea, Theanine studies to calm chaotic brain waves into meditative state waves in addition to supporting lowered levels of cortisol.
Magnesium: There has been a direct link tied between people with magnesium deficiency and elevated stress. Supplementation of magnesium has shown to support lessened anxiety.
Ashwagandha: Research has shown that ashwagandha can support normalization of cortisol levels, and in turn, reduce the stress response.
Magnolia: an anxiety patented magnolia extract lowered cortisol 18%.
GABA: The neurotransmitter in charge of reducing excitability of neurons, which has been linked to feelings of stress, anxiety, and increased cortisol levels.
Evaluating The Root Cause
There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to stress, however, engaging in a simple conversation with a nutritionist about diet, lifestyle, and health history can provide a safe and effective approach to management of these feelings of dis-ease. Call Sundrops today to schedule an appointment with one of our lead nutritionists.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your doctor first before starting any new supplements.