By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Michelle Tuffs
Cortisol is a hormone your body releases when you’re stressed. It is your fight or flight hormone. Maybe some of you out there are thinking, “I must be cortisol from head to toe!” In our endless stream of stress during the day our cortisol levels can have a profound effect on our adrenals. Cortisol levels fluctuate during the day and night in what is called a circadian rhythm. When our body is reacting to stress, and the adrenals produce cortisol continually, it becomes impossible for the body to return to normal.
How cortisol affects adrenals negatively
Cortisol can have long- term effects on blood pressure
Coritsol can effect blood glucose levels
When the body is sick, cortisol usually spikes and then drops as it is used up, which contributes to burn out 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
These tiny walnut-sized glands sit at the top of our kidneys and secrete steroid hormones like cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone and modulate functioning of every tissue, organ, and gland in our bodies. Obviously, it is key to know how cortisol affects the adrenals because they maintain homeostasis and have significant effects on the way we think, feel, behave and even look.
Know your cortisol levels! Your body is a wonderful thing and can be trained to heal itself naturally! If you struggle with symptoms of adrenal fatigue there’s no reason to allow this to affect your life, Nutritionally Yours can provide solutions and get you feeling fantastic again!
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