Take Control of Your Cortisol Levels
Poor cortisol (the stress hormone) gets a bad rap, but the truth is that it is an essential hormone that affects each organ and tissue in the human body. While it can be problematic and lead to increased belly fat when unbalanced, we WANT and need cortisol in healthy quantities, for some of the following reasons:
- Helping to control sleep-wake cycle
- Regulating blood pressure and blood sugar
- Suppressing inflammation
- Aiding in controlling your body’s use of macronutrients (aka metabolism)
- And finally, regulating your body’s stress response.
The question is, how can you make sure that cortisol is released at the correct time during the day, and what can be done to manage chronic elevated cortisol levels? Read on, my friend.