Ways to Decrease Cortisol Levels

Adrenal fatigue is difficult no matter what stage of disease you are in.  Keeping cortisol levels low and decreasing your body’s need for cortisol is key to healing.  Simple ways to decrease cortisol levels include:

  1. Eating every 2 or 3 hours is important to keep your blood sugar regulated.
    1. When your blood levels drop, your body releases cortisol in order to keep the blood sugar levels steady.  Eating every few hours will decrease the release of cortisol in the body.
    2. Eating foods high in proteins and fats.
      1. Proteins and fats take longer to be digested by the body and enters the blood stream slower than carbohydrates.  By decreasing the rate food enters the blood stream,  you will aid in blood sugar spikes decreasing the amount of cortisol released into the blood.
    3. Deep Breathing and Yoga
      1. Deep breathing and yoga calm the body and decreasing the amount of cortisol in the body through relaxation.
    4. Massage Therapy
      1. Giving your body time to relax will decrease cortisol levels and nourishes the body.
    5. Laugh and enjoy life.
      1. Laughing decreases cortisol levels. –DO IT!!! (Even if you have to fake it)
    6. Be in bed at 9:00pm
      1. Cortisol’s natural rhythms decrease between 9-10 and then will begin to increase if the body is still active.  By going to bed around this time, you are in sync with your body’s natural rhythms and this will allow you to sleep through the night.
    7. Licorice Root
      1. Licorice is an anti-stress herb that increases energy, aids in blood sugar regulation, as well fortifying cortisol.
      2. Licorice root can be taken in capsules or can be found in teas.
    8. Holy Basil (Tulsi)
      1. Holy basil is another herb that decreases cortisol levels and can aid when dealing with emotional and physical stressors.
      2. Holy basil can be taken in capsules or can be found in teas.
    9. Seriphos
      1. Seriphos is an amino acid that lowers cortisol levels by decreasing the production of cortisol in the body.

Contact Becca Walters for additional information on how to use these techniques and herbs along with additional supplements to revitalize your adrenals and achieve ultimate health.


Wilson, James L., ND, DC, PhD. “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.” United States. 2009. Smart Publications.

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