How does stress do all this damage? Stress increases cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels result in glucocorticoid receptor resistance which causes a failure to down-regulate the body’s inflammatory response.3
Chronic inflammation causes that list of problems.
Reduce your cortisol
Reducing cortisol levels takes effort but can be done.
Certain foods can reduce cortisol, including: wild-caught salmon
• Dark chocolate
• Olive oil
• Green and chamomile tea
Whole, unprocessed foods are beneficial to reduction of cortisol as well.
Reduce sugar and caffeine, which increase cortisol.
Supplements may help, especially those considered “adaptogens.” These return the body to a more balanced state and include:
• Arctic root
These are all common items in health food stores, and thankfully, Amazon.com.
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