If your cortisol levels are too high, either at certain times of the day or overall, there are many natural ways to bring your cortisol levels down, gradually and gently, in a way that supports your body and helps restore a healthy cortisol level and rhythm.

Foods

  • Beef liver
  • Cold water fish
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Bone broth
  • Pastured eggs
  • Dark chocolate (<5g carbs/svg)
  • Green tea
  • Brassicas
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Microgreens
  • Greens powders (low carb)
  • Asparagus
  • Berries
  • Lemons & limes
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers

Note: Low blood sugar levels can stimulate excess cortisol production, so a low carb lifestyle is the best choice for moderating cortisol production. Also, a low carb snack or meal of mostly protein and fat shortly before your abnormally high cortisol time(s) will help prevent cortisol spikes commonly seen in the am (such as with Dawn Phenomenon) and in the early to mid afternoon.

Herbs

These herbs help restore a healthy cortisol response and rhythm, but consult with your practitioner before taking them to make sure the timing of your dose is correct for you:

  • Ashwagandha
  • Astragalus (Huang Qi)
  • Bacopa
  • Cordyceps
  • Ginseng (American)
  • Holy Basil
  • Lemon Balm
  • Mucuna Pruriens
  • Reishi
  • Rhodiola
  • Schizandra
  • Shatavari
  • St. John’s Wort

Supplements

These supplements help restore a healthy cortisol response and rhythm, but, as with the herbs (above), consult with your practitioner before taking them to make sure the timing of your dose is correct for you: 

  • Acai berries
  • Choline
  • CoQ10
  • Curcumin
  • Glutathione
  • L-Theanine
  • Magnesium
  • N-Acetyl-Cysteine
  • Omega 3
  • Phos Serine
  • Probiotics
  • Tribulus
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc

Activities

  • Acupuncture! 😀
  • Community connections
  • Positive social interactions
  • Friend time
  • Laughing
  • Walking (esp in nature)
  • Yoga
  • Gardening
  • Other leisurely “exercise”
  • Affectionate touch
  • Hugs
  • Massage
  • Lovemaking
  • Dancing
  • Singing
  • Listening to music
  • Playing music
  • Playing with children
  • Petting and playing with pets
  • Creativity
  • Journaling
  • Deep breathing
  • Deep sleep
  • Acupressure mat
  • f.lux on computers (orange light filter)
  • Wearing orange glasses >dark
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Limiting caffeine, esp > Noon