by Brigitte Warne March 12, 2024 2 min read

9 Realistic ways to reduce cortisol levels FAST (stress hormone)

Are you struggling with high cortisol levels and hormonal imbalances? Stress, modern lifestyles, and dietary habits can all contribute to these issues and also exacerbate symptoms of PCOS, hormonal imbalances and even affect fertility. Fortunately, there are realistic, simple and effective strategies you can incorporate into your daily routine to help lower cortisol levels, manage PCOS symptoms and rebalance your hormones naturally.

Here are some practical tips to help you on your journey:

  1. Morning Sunlight: Exposing yourself to natural sunlight in the morning can help regulate your circadian rhythm and cortisol levels. Try to spend at least 15-30 minutes outside each morning.

  2. Avoid Screen Time: Limit your exposure to screens, such as phones, computers, and TVs, for the first hour after waking up. Blue light from screens can interfere with your body's natural cortisol production.

  3. Get Enough Magnesium: Magnesium is a crucial mineral for hormone balance and stress reduction. Incorporate magnesium-rich foods like leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and whole grains into your diet. You can also consider taking a high-quality magnesium supplement.

  4. Vagus Nerve Stimulation: Practices like deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can stimulate the vagus nerve, which helps regulate cortisol levels and promotes relaxation.

  5. Sip on Herbal Teas: Herbal teas, such as our viral Zenhood Tea, can help reduce cortisol levels and soothe the adrenals. Look for teas that contain adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha, tulsi (holy basil), skull cap and lemon balm. (All these and more are in our specifically formulated Zenhood tea)

  6. Omega-3 and B Vitamins: Incorporate omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins into your diet through foods like fatty fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and leafy greens. You can also consider taking high-quality supplements to ensure you're getting enough of these nutrients.

  7. Try an Adrenal Cocktail: An adrenal cocktail is a mix of vitamin C, sea salt, and potassium that can help support adrenal function and reduce cortisol levels. Consult with a healthcare professional before trying this cocktail.

  8. Avoid Coffee or Limit Consumption: If you're a coffee drinker, try to avoid consuming it on an empty stomach or within the first 90 minutes of waking up. Coffee can stimulate cortisol production, so it's best to consume it in moderation.

  9. Stick to Cortisol-Conscious Exercise: During your luteal and menstrual phases, opt for low-intensity movement like walking, yoga, or gentle stretching. High-intensity exercise can increase cortisol levels, which may exacerbate hormonal imbalances.

Incorporating these strategies into your daily routine can help lower cortisol levels, reduce stress, reduce PCOS symotoms, boost fertility and rebalance your hormones naturally. Remember, consistency is key, so be patient with yourself as you implement these changes. If you have any underlying health conditions or concerns, consult with a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your lifestyle or diet.

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