Cortisol is a very important stress hormone beside catecholamines. Levels rise and fall in 24-hours cycles, usually reaching highs from 6 to 8 a.m. and lows about midnight.
Functions of Cortisol
- Helps the body respond to stress
- Fights inflammation
- Normalize blood sugar
- Regulate heart function
- Support immune functions
Black Tea for your Stress-Relief
Tea is an internationally well known drink. Many people all over the world like tea best. I drink tea, black tea such as Darjeeling, white or green tea because it tastes good and has positive effects to my health. Also, tea supports us in case of chronic stress. Black tea decreases Cortisol induced from stress. This theory has been confirmed by the University College of London. 50 minutes after drinking black tea Cortisol level decreased 47%. This shows us how much energy is contained in tea against stress. You may to drink your next cup of tea and enjoy it conscious of having done something against stress.
White tea such as Pai Mu Than modulates stress hormones. White and green tea have positive effects against free radicals. Chronic stress decreases body’s antioxidants consequently increasing free radicals. Free radicals have a destructive power on vitamin C. which is very important to our immune system for stress reduction.
Lack of Vitamins Reduces Stress Resistance
Stress is a natural enemy of vitamins. It means that many vitamins shall be destroyed. In case of chronic stress, long term stress there will be sooner or later shortage of vitamins C, B1, B2, B6 and B12. Daily food is very important with plenty of fruits & vegetable but in case of chronic and long term stress, this quantity is not enough. I recommend a good vitamin-B-complex 50 and vitamin C as mineral-ascorbate. When the body does not have enough vitamins B1, B2 & C, stress resistance decreases. Consequently negative effects of stress cause stronger and very considerable reactions. As result of this the body lacks of more vitamins. We turn round in a circle and find no way out.
Supplements/Herbs that help Reduce Stress
- Holy Basil (known as tulsi) is of the primary botanicals used in India for reducing the negative effects of stress (di-stress) of lowering Cortisol levels.
- Phosphatidylserine (PS) inhibit exercise and stress-induced increased Cortisol.
- Beta Sitosterol (mix of plant sterols & steroline) has effects of decreasing the Cortisol. It modulates immune system as well.
- Ginkgo Biloba standardized extract (120 mg/d dosage) may help control Cortisol levels
- Glyconutrient Arabinogalactan for immune support and stress relief. I had very good experiences with 500 to 1000 mg/day for 3-4 weeks as dietary supplements.
In the course of consultations I was able to see how important supporting immunmodulation with glyconutrients f.e. Arabinogalactan is. And the body reacts so much better to chronic stress.
Immune system is of overriding importance to stress. It is just a pity that immune system, in case of stress, does not have its place value which it deserves. Obviously when our immune system lacks power, it lacks of enough potential energy as well in order to protect us from bacteria, vireo, environmental pollutants, other toxins and free radicals.
Stress is a “Still” Enemy
We do not notice all the negative stress effects immediately but step by step. People become colds and other infections. Usually they say “it is due to stress and it will go past”. But it does not. Stress attacks and weakens our immune system. Stress reduces the neutrophil activity and decreases natural killer cells (NK-Cells) and weakens the immune system. When our body loses control of the symptoms, it gets ill.
- The Cortisol Connection, Shawn Talbott, 2002, Hunter House Publishers
- The Cortisol Connection Diet, Shawn Talbott, 2004, Hunter House Publishers