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Cortisol Manager: Your Secret Weapon for Stress

Stress. It’s an inevitable part of life. No matter what you do, you’re going to be affected by stress in some way. This stress can come from having too much on your plate; or from financial burdens. Or this stress may be perceived, meaning it comes from thoughts; maybe you’re a “what if” kind of person that spends a lot of time worrying about things that haven’t even happened (and probably won’t happen). Either way, regardless of where the stress comes from, it can wreak havoc on your body.

In a previous blog post, we discussed stress and how it affects your hormones. When you’re stressed, your body increases its production of cortisol, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels, metabolism, immune function, blood pressure, and your nervous system, just to name a few. The production and release of cortisol is important in keeping your body running as it should, but when the production gets of hand, such as in times of prolonged stress, cortisol goes from helpful to harmful.

When you have high cortisol levels for long periods of time, it can disrupt your thyroid and your blood sugar, contribute to brittle bones, and increase your blood pressure. It can also make it harder to think clearly, disrupt your sleep, and make it easier for you to get sick. High cortisol levels also promote the storage of fat, so it not only makes it easier to gain weight, but it makes it harder to lose weight too – especially around your midsection.

You may not be able to completely eliminate stress from your life (spoiler alert: this would actually be impossible), but you can take steps to reduce the effect that that stress has on your body. We’ve outlined some tips before, like meditation, yoga, exercise, and incorporating more fun into your life, but we also have a little bit of a secret weapon for you: Cortisol Manager.

cortisol manager

Cortisol Manager is a supplement produced by a company called Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. It contains a variety of natural substances, like ashwaganda, magnolia, and L-thesanine, which not only reduce your perception of stress, but also help lower cortisol directly. Cortisol Manager can also help improve the symptoms of stress, boosting your immune function, allowing you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep, and improve the function of your nervous system. Most people who take Cortisol Manager experience absolutely no negative side effects.

If you’re one of the people who is bombarded by stress on a daily basis – and really, who isn’t? – you may want to try adding Cortisol Manager into your stress reduction routine.

Ashwagandha: Nature’s Stress Reliever

Last week, we discussed adaptogens and how they help your body respond to stress. We got a lot of questions about ashwagandha, a specific type of adaptogen that’s been getting a lot of press recently; so we wanted to dive in a little deeper and give you more information about this important herb.

What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is a traditional herb that has been used in Ayurvedic, Indian, and African medicine for centuries. In Sanskrit, the name ashwagandha translates to “the smell of a horse”. Many do say that the herb smells “horse-like”, but don’t let that scare you away. Some refer to Ashwagandha as Indian ginseng, but it doesn’t really belong to the ginseng family; it’s part of the tomato family. The herb is native to Africa, India, and the Middle East, but farmers now also grow it in United States.

Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha’s major claim to fame is its ability to help the body cope with stress, but the benefits reach much further than that. Ashwagandha may also:

  • Boost the immune system*
  • Improve learning and memory*
  • Reduce anxiety and depression*
  • Stabilize blood sugar*
  • Lower cholesterol*
  • Improve energy and decrease fatigue*
  • Improve concentration*
  • Decrease pain, swelling, and inflammation*
How to Include Ashwagandha in Your Diet

The most common way to consume ashwagandha is in capsule form, but it’s also often available as part of multi-vitamin nutritional supplements or protein powders or as a tea. Typically, the recommended dose is 600 to 1,000 milligrams twice per day. The adaptogenic herb is readily available at most health food and supplement stores.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to prevent, cure, treat, or diagnose any medical condition.