Are you stressed out? We live in such a fast-paced, high-stress world, it’s no wonder most people feel stressed much of the time. What’s more, all that stress releases cortisol, our “fight or flight” hormone, and chronic stress leads to too much cortisol. Why is that a problem? Excess amounts of cortisol are a factor in some pretty serious health issues.
Chronic stress and overproduction of cortisol can disrupt the body’s metabolism. This causes elevated blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, increased appetite and, consequently, increased body fat. Stress can make you crave sweet, calorie dense foods, as well as high carb snacks. Cortisol can also reduce your ability to use fat for energy, and increase your body fat in the abdomen. As if that weren’t bad enough, cortisol shrinks the thymus gland, inhibiting white blood cell activity and signaling immune system cells to shut down and die or, worse, attack the body’s own tissue. Once attacked in this way, the immune system responds by causing allergies, asthma, and disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis, but as time goes by the diseases will become far more serious.
Even if you don’t end up with a serious cortisol-related disease, this stress hormone can cause sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal problems, mood swings, and depression. Your skin may begin to age more quickly, and you may feel fatigued, or like you can’t think straight.
How do we stop this process? You probably can’t rid your life of all stress, but there are a few steps you can take to combat cortisol- a few of which may surprise you.
At Hormone Health Houston, we believe in a life of balance and good health, achieved through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and natural health care. If you’re suffering a hormonal imbalance, we can help, with a program designed specifically to meet your needs. Call us today, at (866) 225-0325, to learn how we can help you reduce stress, combat hormonal issues, and live your best life.