06:00 – 08:00 AM 35 Elevated 13-24 nM
11:00 – 01:00 PM 6 Normal 5 – 10 nM
04:00 – 05:00 PM 8 Normal 3 – 8 nM
10:00 – Midnight 3 Normal 1 – 4 nM
Total Cortisol Output 52 22 – 46 Nm
From this page : rt3-adrenals.org/cortisol_t...
we get the following suggested optimal levels for cortisol :
• Morning at the top of the range
• Noon approximately 75% of the range
• Evening close to 50% of the range
• Nighttime at the bottom of the range
If we apply those optimal levels to your reference ranges then your ideal results would be (units are all nM) :
Sample 1 : Optimal = 24 ; Yours = 35 -- *Too High*
Sample 2 : Optimal = 8.75 ; Yours = 6 -- *Too low*
Sample 3 : Optimal = 5.5 ; Yours = 8 -- *Too high*
Sample 4 : Optimal = 1 ; Yours = 3 -- *Too high*
Total : Optimal = 39.25 ; Yours = 52
You obviously have plenty of cortisol and you need to persuade your body to produce less. This can be very difficult. You also have low DHEA. I'm afraid I know nothing about DHEA. I've never used it, and in fact it is illegal to buy it in the UK. In some countries it is a supplement that can be bought without prescription. I don't know why DHEA is illegal in the UK. *Sigh*
For more information on interpreting adrenal saliva tests, read this. It is tough going, but it may help :
There are various supplements people can buy that reduce cortisol in some people. Personally, I use Holy Basil (Tulsi) supplements - specifically these ones :
In order to get any benefit from it I have to take more than it says on the bottle (a total of 6 a day rather than 4). I tried reducing my dose fairly recently and it backfired on me so I'm up to 6 a day again.
Other supplements available without prescription are :
Seriphos (original formula only)
And read this for more suggestions :
Link 1 above is useful and you should try everything and see what helps and what doesn't - but obviously only try one thing at a time!
Link 2 is fairly standard stuff - you can find links like this one all over the internet from loads of different authors. I find them very, very annoying. It says we have to get lots of sleep. But with high cortisol I would say this was almost impossible. I've had lifelong insomnia. I've thought of getting plenty of sleep lots of times (surprise, surprise). But thinking it doesn't make it possible.
The only thing I can suggest is to try and reduce physical and mental stresses as much as possible. Some of the obvious things :
a) Low minerals and vitamins will stress the body. Supplement to get levels optimal. Unfortunately testing is very expensive, and it isn't always obvious where the optimal levels of nutrients are. If in doubt aim for mid-range, but ask for advice just in case someone knows where optimal should be and it isn't mid-range.
b) Eat a healthy diet. Don't eat loads of sugar. Don't eat a low calorie diet. Look into High Fat, Low Carb eating. The body needs fat - so eat healthy fats, not artificial ones. Don't be scared of fat. I use a simple rule for deciding which fats are healthy - if humans, somewhere in the world, have been eating a particular fat for hundreds of years then it is something humans evolved to eat. We didn't evolve to eat fats and oils developed in laboratories.
c) Look into ways of making the gut as healthy as possible. Don't take things to reduce stomach acid without a very good reason. Indigestion and heartburn are usually caused by low stomach acid, not high stomach acid.
This might be useful for you :