Published: 03/31/2015 - Updated: 12/29/2017
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Have you ever been told that you need to take cortisone? Do you use it frequently? Before using it, try to see if you truly need it. A lot of times we want to solve things quickly, which could create a long list of unpleasant consequences for the body. There’s nothing better than trying to activate the body’s healing potential naturally.
There are simple and natural ways of helping the body produce its own cortisol to avoid cortisone, which generally has a long list of undesirable side effects.
Cortisone refers to a synthetic substance or medication that has effects on the body that are similar to those of cortisol. This is a hormone from a group of hormones called corticosteroids, which the human body secretes.
Cortisol in created along with other hormones in the suprarenal glands, located above the kidneys. This group of hormones includes glucocorticoids, which is where cortisone or cortisol is located. They stimulate glucose and remove proteins from all tissue except for the liver, in addition to fats from fatty tissues, towards the blood.
One of the most important functions thatglucocorticoids have is that they are potent inflammation reducers. This makes them useful for treatment severe inflammation, like arthritis, osteoarthritis, muscle tears, etc.
The human body has the ability to create its own anti-inflammatories through the suprarenals, but whenever they begin to fail, the individual usually receives corticoid injections either to reduce pain or inflammation. This will prevent the body from rejecting organ transplants, like a kidney, liver, etc.
Other bodily uses of cortisone are:
Allergy prevention, disease treatment, like asthma, skin conditions, treating nausea and vomiting which could be caused by chemotherapy in cancer patients, etc.
Cortisone’s harmful bodily effects
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You need to keep in mind that if you want to use corticoids, the body has the ability to create its own substances. Your body could become lazy and dependent on these medications if you use them frequently and become dependent on them.
Cortisone’s prolonged or excessive effects could cause a lot of side effects, like hunchback, diabetes, excessive hair and acne, high blood pressure, weakness, frequent infections, tissue weakness, osteoporosis, etc.
If you want to start creating your own cortisol:
- Reduce your life stress. This is one of the most common causes of poor kidney and suprarenal functioning.
- Try practicing yoga, tai chi, meditation, breathing exercises, etc., all of which help the body free itself of excess energy. You’ll be able to concentrate on your activities more peacefully.
- Do not let your time be controlled by hurry. Learn to do your work peacefully and patiently. Don’t do too many things at one time and move slowly. Try to enjoy what you’re doing.
- Avoid eating junk foods like refined and processed items. These rob the tissues and bodily functions of nutrients.
- Drink at least 2 liters of water a day to keep your kidneys healthy.
- Drink pineapple juice with parsley, lemon and alfalfa daily, in order to help clean excess toxins from the body and to nourish tissues.
- Try to sleep at least 7 to 8 hours a day. the body produces cortisol while you sleep. If you sleep poorly, or if you often times stay up late, or if your sleep is interrupted, your body will lack cortisol and you’ll get sick much easier.
- Make your resting place a pleasant environment. Try to isolate yourself from any loud noises. Put of peaceful music and read pleasant things at night. This will help you see life in more grandiose ways.
- Avoid watching action or horror shows at night that stress you out, like the news or political programs. The best way to produce cortisol is to enjoy the things you see or live. It’s best to watch shows with countryside or enjoyable images. Watching the news could stress you out, and make you think a lot while sleeping.
- Consuming citrus fruits and raw, green vegetables increases your cortisol levels. This will help cleanse your body.
- Fatty foods, or foods with refined or white sugar, prevent cortisol production.
- Consuming licorice helps increase cortisol levels in the body, little by little. Try to find a licorice supplement in a health food store or an herb shop.
- Avoid arguing or eating when you’re angry or anxious, as this could be very harmful for your body and nervous system.
Herbs that aid relaxation and predispose the body to cortisol production:
Orange blossom, Melissa, cat’s claw, horse tail, chamomile, and mint, etc.
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Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 12/29/2017
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