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Picture of Annick
Location: New England
Registered: 17 May 2009
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How does one reduce cortisol levels?

I try to relax as much as I can. This, BTW, is a place that I come to relax. I really enjoy this discussion board and, frankly, wish that I could meet many of the people on here.

Other than encouraging a more relaxing life, how can I reduce cortisol and is there a test? Napping
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Location: Skin Biology
Registered: 15 September 2004
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DHEA reduces cortisol damage.

Basically DHEA and cortisol balance each other out. But as we get older, cortisol remains high but DHEA drops 90%.

This is a reason that teen-agers thrive on stress but as we get older, stress can cause harm due to the low DHEA level.
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How much should I take? I'm "stressed out" at present.
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Location: Skin Biology
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Start at 25 mg daily. Then if that does not, keep increasing up to 100 mg daily.
Location: Illinois
Registered: 09 June 2008
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Dr Pickart - doesn't DHEA also increase blemishes?

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Researchers have found a hormone that plays a key roll in adult blemish development. Dihydropiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) is an androgen hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Elevated levels of this hormone have been found in women suffering from adult-onset blemishes
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Yes, in some cases. But DHEA drops by 90% from age 20 to age 65. So if your DHEA is very low, your body suffers.

This is why I recommend starting low on DHEA, see how your body responds, then use more if it seems to be helping.
Location: Canada
Registered: 24 May 2005
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If you're looking for a more subtle approach then anecdotal reports say that vitamin C can reduce cortisol levels.
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Location: New England
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Thank you for the reply. Smiler I really need to work on this area of my life. Eeker
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