My cortisol is HIGH..I mean like really HIGH..high enough that when I see Drs they start telling me to exercise, eat a well balanced diet and take some time to relax then they look at me see I am a fitness chic and realize that it might be the opposite problem..
I learned that I had high stress levels when I began acupuncture last year with Sandi (read about her here) and although I practiced what she assigned to me I still experienced some problems with adrenal fatigue and high cortisol.
The biggest problem for me is that I am unable to identify the cause of my cortisol level..I really can not pinpoint it which drives me crazy since I am a problem solver at best. I did however go through my diet and realized I have been low in the carb department and after a lot of research see that fats and carbohydrates are just important for hormone health as protein! I now have been incorporating a more balanced diet and focusing on relaxing, taking it easier in the gym and using some supplements to bring my stress level down.
I wanted to share with you guys 5 tips I personally use to bring my cortisol down and I know they will help you too. In the constant chaotic world with iPhones binging, demanding jobs and a social circle of constant contact it can be hard to just take a chill pill but these 5 tips are easily implemented into anyones lifestyle and trust me if I can do it, you can to!
5 Natural Ways to Bring Cortisol Down
I moved to Bangkok and got adventurous with flavor and food which is unlike me..that is until I ended up with heartburn 24/7 + an upset stomach..I was trying to put my finger on it and I finally came to the realization that me plus spicy food is not a good match, my stomach just cannot handle it! I know spicy food is fabulous for the metabolism but if you are like me and spicy just does not work for you then check out the two herbs I use most, if you do love spicy flavors then I have a term you need to learn RIGHT NOW so that you can speed your spice up a couple of notches!
Tired of boiled chicken, rice and steamed vegetables? Amp up your health and rev up your taste buds with these three Thai Herbs.
Thailand is famous for the zing zang spicy foods, herb salads and creamy curries, but did you know that what makes these foods so delicious are low-calorie flavorful herbs? These three herbs are popular in traditional Thai dishes, but use these herbs on whatever you please, my chicken and brown rice dinner has become a joy by using a combination of all three and of course with a cup of ginger tea to end every meal.
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This post came as an inspiration to me as I have had a client want to do a photo shoot + she needed some quick fixes to get rid of some stomach bloat. I too had been experiencing some bloat and I was unaware that some of the foods I was eating were causing me more harm than good (ahem dried fruit..) After a few weeks of elimination, no eggs, no wheat, no sugar (I tried..) and trying to find the cause I was finally able to put my finger on what foods besides dried fruit that I was eating that were making me look like I was pregnant. No joke, I could literally watch my stomach fill up looking as if I were magically creating an alien baby or suddenly became 3 months pregnant.
I came to the conclusion..
1. Whenever I ate fruit with skin on it (apples, pears) my stomach would start to grow and
2. I was not taking my probiotic as I had run out and forgot to order more
I also had to cut down on the dried fruit but this was something I have to do anyways in order to get ready for my competition (info here).
Chinese pears happen to be one of my all time favorite fruits, I literally can eat three huge ones in one sitting and be smiling with joy throughout. After learning that the term “organic” in Thailand is not regulated like it is America, I came to the conclusion that although I tried my best to buy organic fruits and vegetables there was a pesticide on the skin which soaked into the fruit that I am allergic too. After learning this I was truly disappointed but at the same time relieved that I am not losing my mind or becoming intolerant to fruit.
Probiotics are essential for digestive health and as I have a weak digestive system, I have to take matters into my own hands and put healthy bacterias back in myself through the use of Probiotics. Although I enjoy a kombucha and kefir water from time to time, I think it was not enough to replace the power of a good probiotic. I personally use Jarrow Formulas (link here, use code LDZ954 to save $) as I can travel with them and not worry about keeping them cold but if you do not travel often make sure to buy one that has to be kept in the cold, these are always the best.
8 Remedies for Stomach Bloat::
But because my stomach was severely bloated I did take some steps and offer these steps to clients who experience any type of bloat and want to get rid of that stomach quickly:
Announcement: I am entering another fitness competition May 31st! I was not going to enter as I am trying to “bulk” up and grow but after they put me on the flier I said why the heck not!
This time I am switching things around and trying a different approach and keeping my carbs constant, my protein a bit lower to relieve my kidneys and liver and upping my fats a bit. The last time I carb cycled and while it worked well for me I decided to switch things up this time and try a different approach. The only way to learn what works for you is to test things up, shake things up a bit and judge the outcome. What works for some “instagram” chick may not necessarily work for you so you have to listen to your body, measure your progress and decide from there. You can read about my very first journey to the stage here::
There is a lot of debate on the “detox” topic and whether you are on PRO-detox or Against the “detox” thing we all know one thing for sure and that is the world around us from the soil our food is grown in to the air we consume is filled with toxins that our bodies have to filter through every single day. Eating a fresh variety of produce and antioxidant rich foods helps with this elimination of toxins but if you are like me and live in a highly polluted area you may need a bit extra help.
I personally have been shooting Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV, as I like to call it for over five years and I can tell you that it has calmed the storm in my digestive tract, woken me up after a night of partying and helped my body feel refreshed, recharged and detoxed. I advise many of my friends and clients to shot the ACV and although they squint and make funny faces while shooting this concoction it has proven to be one thing that has helped aid them in digestion issues as well as help with weight loss.
If you have read my alkaline/acid blog post, you understand that keeping your body in a neutral state is the best for your health. A shot of ACV helps bring you back to neutral after a night of acidic eating and drinking or maybe one too many coffees and espressos.
Detox Drink for Weight Loss: