10 Ways to Raise Low Cortisol – Adrenal Series #4

The most serious Adrenal Fatigue symptoms start manifesting when cortisol falls too low, so in today’s blog I’m sharing 10 ways to raise low cortisol naturally with supplements and lifestyle changes. Be patient and loving with your body, don’t push yourself too much, and you’ll see how quickly your energy and stamina start coming back.

These are the 10 ways to raise cortisol:

  1. Adrenal Cortex – it’s completely different from raw adrenal supplements. Cortex is just one part of the adrenal gland and it’s the one that contains cortisol, while the rest of the adrenal gland will also contain adrenaline and other stress hormones. Extra adrenaline is the last thing that someone with Adrenal Fatigue needs, so adrenal cortex is a much safer and much more effective alternative.
  2. Licorice root – it can be loose root for tea or an extract like this one. Licorice works by extending the working time of cortisol that you already have, so it essentially makes your cortisol go that extra mile for you. Licorice root can raise blood pressure and lower potassium levels, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on those.
  3. Vitamin B5 (also knows as pantothenic ccid) – it’s often depleted in those with Adrenal Fatigue and it’s one of the building blocks for cortisol.
  4. Vitamin C – it often runs out when any adrenal stress is present, too.
  5. Adaptogenic herbs – they are the sort of herbs that adjust to what your body needs and will bring your body back to balance, so if your cortisol is running low, adaptogenic herbs could help strengthen your adrenal glands and raise cortisol levels. Ashwagandha, Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero), and Rhodiola Rosea are the three herbs most suitable for those with low cortisol (apart from the licorice root that I mentioned above).
  6. Adrenal cocktails – my version is different from the one promoted on the Magnesium Advocacy Group on Facebook. They use tartar powder and orange juice. I use a glass of water and 1/8 tsp of potassium chloride powder. Then I add some magnesium and vitamin C on the side. It works very well for me and picks me up within seconds.
  7. Create and maintain routine – routine is extremely healing for both body and mind. Always eat at the same time, go to bed and wake up at the same time, exercise regularly, develop morning routines, such as meditating, journaling, reading, etc. The more routines you build, the fewer decisions you’ll have to make throughout the day, the lower your stress levels are going to be.
  8. Check and correct progesterone levels – cortisol is made out of progesterone, so if progesterone is low, cortisol is very likely to be low, too.
  9. Switch to natural desiccated thyroid if you’re taking T4 only thyroid medication – as I mentioned in the 10 Root Causes of Adrenal Fatigue, taking T4 only medication for a long time can eventually cause Adrena Fatigue and low cortisol. Natural desiccated thyroid contains both T4 and T3, so it’s definitely worth asking your doctor for a trial.
  10. Reduce stress levels – this is such a broad term. Reducing stress means a lot of things, such as exercising lightly and not over-exercising, meditation, journaling, prayer, deep breathing exercises, visualisation, taking regular holidays, getting enough sleep, ditching caffeine, and ditching sweets and processed foods (although occasional sweet treats can be very therapeutic, so a healthy balance and moderation is important here).

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Simply yours,
Vita xx

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  1. Raoul Duke says

    – magnesium supplementation DECREASES serum cortisol
    – ashwaganda DECREASES cortisol and is the primary ingredient in CORTISOL REDUCER supplements
    – high potassium and vitamin C both DECREASE cortisol

    You need to do some basic research and GET THIS STUFF OFF THE INTERNET. Your advice will crash cortisol levels in a person with low cortisol, with the risk of triggering an adrenal event.

    • I agree with you Raoul! There is so much incorrect info on this page, i don’t know why she doesn’t remove it all together!

  2. Switching to Natural Dessicated Thyroid instead of T4 only is good but if your blood test is coming back saying you have low T4 with high T3 (scores of a high ‘in range’ or high range) Then it could indicate ‘pooling’. This ‘usually’ indicates anemia. T4 is changed to T3 in a normal body but if you have low cortisol,the T4 doesn’t change to T3 it just builds up in the body and you continue to have Hypothyroidism symptoms. For a lot of info regarding anything Thyroid and all related issues such as High/Low Cortisol, please visit: stop the thyroid madness dot com

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