DRINK 1/2 CUP DAILY to Lower Cortisol, Lose Belly Fat, and Help Depression

Learn how a simple 1/2 cup of tea could help lower cortisol and create some interesting health effects.


0:00 Introduction: How to lower cortisol naturally
0:10 Cortisol resistance
4:48 How to decrease stress and cortisol
5:52 Learn more about how to lower cortisol naturally!

Let's talk about how to lower cortisol, lose belly fat, and support a healthy mood with a simple 1/2 cup of tea.

Cortisol is the main stress hormone. Many people are exposed to chronic high cortisol levels. When you're exposed to high levels of cortisol over a long time, you could potentially develop cortisol resistance.

Cortisol resistance is a situation where you have high levels of cortisol in the body, but it's not working as it should. This can lead to a cascade of health problems.

Some people end up with cortisol resistance due to stress, but others have a genetic weakness that can lead to this issue.

Potential effects of high cortisol:
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Belly fat
• Cognitive problems
• Metabolic syndrome
• Bone loss
• Insulin resistance

The best remedy to lower cortisol is a phytonutrient called EGCG in green tea. Drinking green tea regularly may help reduce stress and lower cortisol.

Other great natural remedies to lower cortisol:
• Licorice
• Curcumin
• Emodin (Japanese knotweed)

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 57, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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  1. Xq-FlixZx on January 9, 2023 at 11:12 am

    Gotta love it, when you watch dr bergs videos and what he about to explain, you’re already doing what he’s recommending 🙌

    • Neorain on January 9, 2023 at 12:44 pm

      On my 4th cup and I repainted the whole toilet. What a cleanse.

    • EagleEyesPeregrineWings on January 9, 2023 at 1:03 pm

      Except he explains details and reasons while giving us a general idea on how we should be doing things.

    • Violet Fem on January 9, 2023 at 3:11 pm

      @Indonesian Aspie LOL wow that would work haha. I’ll add 1/4 tsp of stevia 😀

    • Violet Fem on January 9, 2023 at 3:11 pm

      @Neorain 😦😛

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 9, 2023 at 5:30 pm

      Glad to be an inspiration.

  2. My Little White Cottage on January 9, 2023 at 11:24 am

    I drink 2 cups of coffee a day, that’s it. The remainder of the day I drink water. I drink my water in the winter from pint canning jars with screw on lid. I have been drinking green tea daily for about a month now. As for my stress level, yes that has improved somewhat, but I am building a new cottage so ….But I will agree, the inflammation in my wrists has changed significantly. I drink it in a cold form, may switch to hot on the really cold days. Thanks for all your great vids! Those and doing my own research has given me a lot more power at the Dr.s office.

  3. Terrinut on January 9, 2023 at 11:24 am

    Thank you dr berg for focusing on prevention vs symptom care ❤❤❤

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 9, 2023 at 5:39 pm

      Very glad to be of help.

  4. Joan Watkins on January 9, 2023 at 11:47 am

    Thank you Dr. Berg! Your videos are the answer to so many of my prayers! I have a huge cortisol problem and while I heard lots of good stuff on green tea, I had no idea of this benefit! Thank you for all your research to help us folks ……. Always great information as usual!!

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 9, 2023 at 5:51 pm

      Very glad to be of help.

  5. Jeff Richards on January 9, 2023 at 11:57 am

    As always OUTSTANDING INFORMATION that Dr’s never discuss.. with their patients

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 9, 2023 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Appreciate it!

  6. biro24 on January 9, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    Ok I’m freaked out now as I was watching and reading up on how to beat lower cortisol and today you post a video 😃 You are A true mind reader Dr Berg

    • Cash kitty 🐈 on January 9, 2023 at 1:15 pm

      Or is those pesky algorithm on your phone

    • Jetthead18 on January 9, 2023 at 1:19 pm

      Google has algorithms.
      No need to freak out

  7. YupVideoFever on January 9, 2023 at 12:11 pm

    I respect Doctor Berg a lot. From a way of delivering information in his video presentations to an info chart under a video – everything looks perfectly neat.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 9, 2023 at 5:56 pm

      Very glad to be of help.

  8. Your Wife Samantha on January 9, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    I feel like you are for the medical field what Dr.Joe Dispenza is for the mind. We must protect you both at all costs <3

    • blah on January 9, 2023 at 2:38 pm

      Don’t do Dispenza’s meditations.

    • 120 NiHAriKa MeDi on January 9, 2023 at 6:37 pm

      @blah y

    • Your Wife Samantha on January 9, 2023 at 6:58 pm

      @blah why o.o

  9. HiTechOilCo on January 9, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    @Dr.Berg – Thank you and God bless you. That you care so much about people to post the wonderful health videos you do is really appreciated. You have literally saved countless lives, (mine included, from cancer). So many doctors today really don’t care anymore about the health of people as they do about money. It’s beyond sad to downright evil that anyone puts money before people’s very lives. We can see the results of this today with the big pharmaceutical companies.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 9, 2023 at 12:42 pm

      That’s nothing. Happy to help you all. Stay safe and healthy!

  10. Darren Hallam on January 9, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you Dr. Berg. Such a simple solution to a huge problem. I have been taking “Cortisol Calm” by PURE to help me sleep; however, if I can reduce the Cortisol by drinking Green Tea, then I am drinking Green Tea

    • Kathleen O'Donnell on January 9, 2023 at 3:29 pm

      Darren do you notice a difference in your sleep with Cortisol Calm and if you do where did you get this product from.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 9, 2023 at 6:04 pm

      You are very welcome.

  11. LouLou on January 9, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    You never cease to amaze me Dr. Berg…thank you for all your hard work and sharing it with us!! God Bless!!

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 9, 2023 at 6:10 pm

      Very glad to be of help.

  12. Zippitydoodah on January 9, 2023 at 12:45 pm

    I have one cup daily already. It would be helpful to know their method for making their tea in the experiments. I typically make green tea at 140 degrees F, and I brew for 3 minutes. Green tea can go bitter quickly if you use boiling water or steep for too long.

    • catbootsy on January 9, 2023 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you for sharing this method. That bitterness is exactly why I wouldn’t make this a daily habit. Fingers crossed because I know this is an issue for me.

    • Maria Renee Cruz on January 9, 2023 at 6:37 pm

      I lived in China for over a decade. First Water of brewed tea you get rid of Is the second one you drink , enjoy 😊

  13. Sophia on January 9, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you, Dr Berg, once again for the hours spent doing the research. Alot of your videos are helping me keep my psychology and physiology functioning optimally despite prolonged unemployment and no medical cover. I hope you feel my gratitude in these words. Thank you.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 9, 2023 at 6:14 pm

      Very glad to be of help.

    • pthesmith on January 9, 2023 at 6:31 pm

      @Dr. Eric Berg DC Hello, Dr. Berg. Why do pharmaceuticals have so many side effects!

  14. Peter Schmidt on January 9, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you so much for addressing this issue. I work in a high stress healthcare environment and have witnessed these symptoms in my own life – and I have seen my belly fat “fall off” within two months when I was not working in that environment. So I know that stress and cortisol is my main issue. I’ve also been combating depression tendencies with vitamin B – which has helped a great deal. Green tea rather than coffee is going to be my new “go to” drink from now on. Thanks again for great educational materials!

    • John Brown on January 9, 2023 at 2:22 pm

      Ashwagandha might assist too.

    • Lekshaa Vanii on January 9, 2023 at 4:32 pm

      @John Brown yes.

    • X X on January 9, 2023 at 5:19 pm

      Is there a particular vitamin B that you’ve been taking?

    • Celia Uzarski on January 9, 2023 at 5:40 pm

      I bet it is vitamin B one. Dr. Berg is always coaching us that we burn off vitamin be one when we are under stress

    • Raul on January 9, 2023 at 5:41 pm

      High levels of cortisol leads to belly fat. Is this “belly fat” the deep visceral fat? Or is this the subcutaneous belly fat just underneath the skin? 🤔

  15. IAMMANNA on January 9, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    Literally did my first 24 hours no sugar. At all! Woke up less bloated 3 lbs lighter. As a mom of 7 no need mention stress. I need my health, wondered why my belly felt so big even when fasting. But today I wake up to this video. Thank you for this extra boost. And thank you for everything else you do for me and everyone. Heres to health and Prosperity. Thanks Doc!!

    • Ama Ama on January 9, 2023 at 2:31 pm

      IAMMANNA , You already did your 24 hours and was successful , less bloated and 3 Lbs lighter.
      Then today you wake up to this video. How come you wake today to this video while you had succesful results of trying what the video said 24 hours ago ?

    • Luna 🌓 on January 9, 2023 at 2:41 pm


    • IAMMANNA on January 9, 2023 at 4:45 pm

      @Ama Ama no, I decided to go carnivore over 24 hours ago. To eliminate sugar and carbs from my life. This video is an added confirmation that alot of my belly fat/bloat could stem from stress and/or excess cortisol. (Also in turn out of balance because of carbs). This video added valuable information to what I’m doing. Regaining my health.

    • Shaikah420 on January 9, 2023 at 4:56 pm

      Bless you & your lucky 7

    • IAMMANNA on January 9, 2023 at 7:10 pm

      @Shaikah420 Bless you back 😉

  16. Obsidian Beauty on January 9, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you Dr Berg, so many of your videos have helped me so much, especially the keto and intermittent fasting…Nothing I did was working, this is the only thing that works…Keep doing what you do, you are much appreciated by SO many…

  17. Delia on January 9, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you Dr. Berg for this video! I do not drink caffeine. Would the green tea without caffeine have the same benefits you mentioned in the video?

    • Lo Lo on January 9, 2023 at 2:37 pm

      Even the decaf has me going to bathroom A LOT

  18. Dora on January 9, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    Green tea is often lauded as one of the healthiest drinks available in the world. Drinking this weight loss elixir everyday might just be one of the best treats that I can give to my body and health. Thank you Dr Berg. Very valuable.

  19. Sarah M on January 9, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    I will start my fifth day of a 7 day prolonged fast! Yay! The first 24 hours was easy, second was emotionally hard fighting with my willpower, third and half of fourth was physically hard because I was brain dead and lethargic, this morning I have lots of energy and sweating and my fifth 24 hours will start at 2pm in 6 hours. Just thought I would share since nobody I know can relate.

    • Who Knows on January 9, 2023 at 5:27 pm

      Will start my second one 72h in 2 weeks when I have time to

    • PYHOOYA on January 9, 2023 at 5:33 pm

      @Who Knows WISH I HAD UR WILLPOWER 😁😁

    • Sarah M on January 9, 2023 at 5:57 pm

      @PYHOOYA I prepared myself mentally this time to do it. I told myself I will listen to Dr Berg’s videos on the benefits of prolonged fasting to keep resisting the temptation to justify stopping.

    • anthony tate on January 9, 2023 at 6:24 pm

      Good luck! Don’t do it for anyone but the most important person in your world.. YOU! 😁

    • Sarah M on January 9, 2023 at 6:27 pm

      @anthony tate Definitely!

  20. JJP7 on January 9, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    I can attest to it, this is EXACTLY what happened to me today! I’ve been dealing with chronic pain daily for years that doctors don’t know why but I realized it’s likely an extreme level of adrenal fatigue and yesterday especially it was very bad because it was holiday in our culture and I ate too much sugar. Anyway I was in a lot of pain and fatigue for over 12 hours (painkillers don’t help). I couldn’t sleep from the pain but I couldn’t do any activity because of the fatigue so I was stuck. I drank some Green tea but mainly because I heard it helps with weight loss but I swear after 30 minutes I was asleep in bed and found myself with no pain when I woke up. 🤯 it did something. And interestingly enough usually I’m too hungry to fall asleep if I sleep without eating again but I hadn’t eaten dinner, just the tea, and I could still have a full night’s sleep. It seems to have so many benefits! Thank you so much for talking about this doctor!

    Could you please explain why painkillers don’t help my adrenal fatigue chronic pain but exercise always does? Something gets released in my blood when I walk that immediately fixes it. And melatonin supplements increase the pain I get with the fatigue. It’s strange. I don’t know if I have too much cortisol or too little

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