Please could someone offer any advice on reducing cortisol levels.
I suffer from ptsd and anxiety. Chronic stress due to some ongoing extended family issues. I also have an underactive thyroid and am taking 50mg of levo as advised by my gp. Tsh was 2.6 in November and I'm due a re test at the end of this month.
Genova said it appears stress is causing my high cortisol as my DHEA result balances it out and is ok.
Any advice appreciated.
I've been getting good results from taking Holy Basil. I'm taking these :
The dose is supposed to be two capsules, twice a day, but that wasn't enough. I started on one capsule twice a day, then gradually increased it. I'm currently taking six a day and might increase to eight, I'm still dithering about it.
I take an anti depressants so guess I'd have to check they were ok to take with that.
Hi human bean, I'm just quickly jumping in. I got up to 7 capsules 4 times a day... my sleep got worse so I went down to 6... they were helping me with sleeping but for the last few days I wake up at 12 1am... could this be an adrenaline surge?... I have 4 highs and also take the same number of PS.
I don't feel qualified to say much about the adrenals, sorry. My treatment of my own high cortisol has been slapdash and inadequate.
I do get the impression that my adrenals are fighting back against the Holy Basil I'm taking. In the beginning my cortisol did seem to reduce (basing this statement on symptoms only - always a dodgy thing to do). But if I keep a dose the same for a few days I get the impression my cortisol starts to rise again despite the treatment and I have to increase the dosage. But I'm not prepared to take vast quantities of Holy Basil - last night, for the first time ever, I got pain that seemed to originate from the area of my liver, and the idea of having liver damage is scary.
I've never taken PS (phosphatidyl serine). Back in 2013/2014 I did take Seriphos (phosphorylated serine) for a while, to reduce my cortisol, but I was seriously ill with other problems at the time and it was a disaster. I only took it for a very short time.
I found out recently that Seriphos changed their formula to be ordinary PS. There were so many complaints that they are going to start making the original formula again and also produce the PS too. I don't know if or when this change will happen.
I am noticing my sleep is getting disturbed. I'm almost back to being nocturnal again, and it was only a short time ago I managed to get away from that. I think either my dose is wrong or I'm taking it at the wrong time. I must experiment more.
Hi human bean. I'm on another group thyroid UK and they advocate, through patient experience to take PS and holy basil together to help reduce cortisol levels. That is, after having a saliva cortisol test. I have 4 highs.
Thank you for your response.