The first thing that is suggested to combat your body's production of cortisol is Yoga and meditation. Yuck!!!! I hate both of those things but, ok, I will give it a try. I went out and bought a Yoga tape and I am trying to take time daily for prayer/meditation. I am also trying to work on my kata by using it as a chi/ki building exercise. Much like when one does Tai Chi.
There are also foods that seem to naturally combat this issue:
- Black tea
- Omega-3 fatty acid foods include salmon, halibut, tuna, walnuts and soybeans
- Dark chocolate
- Yogurt and Ricotta cheese
- White beans
- Citrus Fruits
Now, here is a food list I can get behind! So, I am going to attempt to incorporate these foods into more of my meals.
There are also supplements that can help resolve this issue. Dr. Braverman in his book, "The Younger, Thinner, You Diet" suggests that high cortisol is the result of a dopamine deficiency in the brain. He lists several supplements that you can purchase over the counter in order to improve this situation. Due to it being a medical issue, I will not be listing the supplements. But, I do highly suggest his book. It is a great reference tool.
So, that is what I am working on this week. I hope this helps you and helps me lose some weight. Good luck.