Cortisol is very much needed in the body as it helps you wake up in the morning, control inflammation, provide fatty acids for energy when you’re not eating, etc… But chronically elevated cortisol will lead to inflammation, tiredness, adrenal fatigue, etc. The pituitary gland releases ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), which signals the adrenal glands to produce and release cortisol. So, we can prevent cortisol release by blocking ACTH release or we can directly lower cortisol. I list the symptoms of elevated cortisol below.

Symptoms of high cortisol include:

  • inability to fall asleep
  • irritability
  • weight gain around mid section
  • muscle weakness
  • cognitive dysfunction, mentally and physically fatigued
  • inability to detox
  • tiredness after a meal due to insulin resistance
  • blurry vision and eye floaters
  • low testosterone and struggle to build muscle
  • hypothyroid
  • struggle to digest food properly
  • serotonin symptoms
  • stubborn lower belly, lower back and face fat
  • high blood pressure
  • increased thirst and salt craving

Top 5 supplements to be stacked:

  1. Ashwagandha root extract – 300mg (MK-66 extract) per cap, 120 caps. Start with 1 cap twice daily. It’s a great adaptogenic herb, that will also help you build muscle, increase testosterone and improve sleep. (Lowers ACTH and cortisol itself)
  2. Magnesium glycinate – 200mg per cap, 180 caps. Start with 1-2 caps before bed, depending on your bowel tolerance to it. (Lowers ACTH and cortisol itself)
  3. Phosphatidylserine – 100mg per cap, 120 caps. Also has nootropic properties, and should be taken at 400mg per day. (Lowers ACTH and cortisol itself)
  4. Zinc glycinate – 22mg per cap, 250 caps
  5. Relora – 300mg per serving, 120 servings (contains magnolia (which is anti-anxiety and anti-serotonin) and Phellodendron (which is a dopamine breakdown, MAO-B, inhibitor))

If you are interested in the complete cortisol lowering guide, check it out here

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Published by Hans Amato

Hi, I'm Hans and I'm a physique, strength and nutrition specialist/coach. My passion is building the best physique naturally (both functional and super strong) and enabling others to achieve their dream physique and health goals as well. Nothing is impossible if you set your mind and heart to it - not even you're "genetic limit" will be able to stop you then.

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