By Alane Stieglitz-Wincek ND, CNC, Atlanta, GA
Cortisol is a hormone your adrenal glands release when you’re stressed and need extra energy. Adrenal Cortisol is your fight or flight hormone. Maybe some of you are thinking, “I must be cortisol from head to toe!” Our adrenal glands can profoundly affect our mood and health in our endless stream of stress during the day. Cortisol levels fluctuate during the day and night in a circadian rhythm. When our body is reacting to stress, and the adrenal glands produce Cortisol continually, it becomes almost impossible for the body to return to normal.
The adverse effects of adrenal Cortisol:
Cortisol can have long-term effects on blood pressure
Cortisol can affect blood glucose levels
When the body is sick, the adrenal glands make high Cortisol spikes and then it drops as it is used up, which contributes to burnout during an illness.
Cortisol can negatively affect the central nervous system as it will activate it to fight / flight “
High cortisol levels can lead to skin eruptions.
High cortisol levels can contribute to the inability to lose weight.
The adrenal glands are tiny walnut-sized glands that sit on top of our kidneys. The adrenal glands secrete hormones like Cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone. They also modulate the functioning of every tissue, organ, and gland in our body. It is critical to know your adrenal cortisol levels because the adrenals maintain homeostasis and significantly affect the way we think, feel, behave and even look.
Know your adrenal cortisol levels! Your body is amazing and can heal itself naturally! If you struggle with symptoms of adrenal fatigue, there’s no reason to allow this to affect your life.
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