Lowering cortisol in times of increased stress
Stress is terrible for your health and well-being. It increases the excess cortisol in the blood, which wreaks havoc in the body. It affects both the mental and physical spheres. Caffeine, sleep deprivation, viral illnesses, trauma, hunger, low blood sugar, intense exercise, stressful situations, eating disorders, neurosis, and many other factors increase stress hormone levels. So it’s time to think about what cortisol does and why its high concentration in the body is a bad thing. It will also be essential to know how to reduce cortisol to improve your life.
What is cortisol, and how does it affect the body?
Most are not aware of where cortisol is produced. This basic knowledge was taught more than once in biology class, but who bothered with such a rather enigmatic-sounding concept in school. However, it is worth catching up and filling in the gaps in knowledge because our health and comfort of life is at stake. After all, you can not effectively fight with something you do not know anything about. So start with this – what is cortisol, and why its inappropriate concentration in the body is associated with several psychophysical problems? Cortisol is a stress hormone produced in the adrenal glands. The body begins to produce excessive amounts of it when stressors arise. Unfortunately, this is also associated with increased blood glucose levels because we “switch” to a fight or flight mode, which requires more energy.