Maintain and Restore Adrenal Health - Is Cortisol Your Worst Enemy?
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Of all the hormones interacting within your body on a daily basis, cortisol may be
the most familiar to you. It also may be the hidden element that is making you fat.
Do you wake up every morning, already feeling like you are behind? Do you rush
from your morning routine, to the car, to lunch and then stay up way too late on
You are certainly not alone. However, all of this activity (and lack of proper rest)
throws your delicate hormonal system out of balance.
Cortisol is a crucial element in regulating energy, insulin, metabolism and other
processes within the body. And its dysregulation can spell trouble for your waistline.
Normally operating in a rhythm known as a diurnal variation, cortisol patterns can
often be flipped, mistimed, or unbalanced. Cortisol is typically highest in the morning,
and lowest in the evening. Any night owls reading this will certainly know what
cortisol dysregulation is all about!
Cortisol is particularly annoying because it can mean fat gain in the abdominal area
– not the hips. Not only is this unpleasant to look at, it is more dangerous than fat in
other areas. While not all weight gain is caused by cortisol, it is often an overlooked
factor when addressing weight management.
The ability to handle and manage stress is a challenging one in today’s modern
society – as we’re always expected to be “on” – all the time. This is simply not how
hormones are supposed to operate.
How often do you feel stressed? If you are a frequent caffeine drinker, the answer
may be – all of the time. Since many of us are used to drinking lots and lots of
caffeine, we simply do not know that we are constantly anxious, stressed and on
But just because our mind may not be conscious of this fact does not mean our body
is unaware! The body is heavily affected by something as se