The body is a complex system of cells, tissue, and organs. When nourished, it is self contained and creates all of the hormones and chemicals necessary to support your healthy day-to-day lifestyle. In fact, it’s so advanced that it can repair damage caused by pollution, poor nutrition, and other factors. Even though the body is an incredible piece of machinery, it can begin to break down if not maintained properly for long periods of time.
One chemical in the body that is often times thrown out of balance is cortisol. Cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, is necessary in the right quantity for a healthy body. Cortisol occurs in the bloodstream and is higher in the morning than at night. A few important functions of the cortisol hormone include:
- Proper blood sugar balance
- Lower sensitivity to pain
- Potential for improved immune system; inflammatory response
- Increased but temporary amount of energy
- Improved memory function
As you can see, a small increase in cortisol levels can help us but in our higher stress culture, the body may create too much of it. If this occurs too frequently and for prolonged periods of time, you may experience:
- Suppressed thyroid function
- Blood sugar imbalance
- Loss of muscle
- Potential for higher blood pressure
- Increased abdominal fat
Researchers have linked an over abundance of cortisol in the blood to difficulty in losing fat - specifically stubborn belly fat. Trust me, I know. I used to have a difficult time losing fat and keeping it off! So how do you maintain a healthy cortisol level? To do this, you must allow the body to go into a relaxed state frequently throughout the day. You may also consider taking a good multivitamin that includes the recommended quantity of B vitamins. Vitamin B has been found to reduce cortisol levels during stressful events occurring in your life. Consistence with your supplements are best for positive long-term results.
Please contact me to receive additional detailed information about cortisol and ways in which you can manage your cortisol levels naturally.