Excess Cortisol May Cause:
Inflammation (Pain in Body)
Weight Gain, Obesity, and/or Pre-diabetes
Cravings (sugar, etc…)
Fatigue or Wired Feelings
Abdominal Fat/Metabolic Syndrome
Neck & Back Pain
Anxiety, Irritability & Palpitations
Loss of Sexual Desire
Incorporate Daily Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques (such as Breathing and Meditation or Prayer) AND Consider Yoga, Massage, Health Coaching or Mindful Yogic Breathing Practices.
What is Cortisol?
Cortisol is the primary “stress hormone” produced in your adrenal glands, and it’s designed to quickly save you from danger. It has 3 important jobs:
Raises Blood Sugar (muscles need this to run away; “fight or flight”)
Raises Blood Pressure
Modulates immune function
How Does the Stress Hormone Cortisol Affect Your Body?
The Good: Optimally, cortisol creates the surge of energy, focus, motivation that makes us feel highly productive.
The Bad: It takes about 15-18 minutes for you to hit “the wall” and begin to feel the effects of the ensuing blood sugar drop which makes you feel jittery, anxious, and irritable. Longer term effects of excess cortisol can lead to feeling “wired but not tired”.
The “Ugly”: The brain’s hippocampus is where you integrate memory. High cortisol levels can shrink the hippocampus and diminish memory. Excess cortisol can also also shorten your telomeres (the caps on your chromosomes that keep them from deteriorating); in other words, shortened telomeres accelerate aging (see Dr Elizabeth Blackburn’s research on stress and telomeres, UCSF).
Solutions May Include:
Meditation (Contemplative Practice)
Hugging (8 per day)
Yogic Breathing, Daily Practice
Tai Chi or Qigong
Increase Nutrient Dense Foods
Decrease Sugar Consumption
increase Self Care
Decrease Caffeine Consumption
Decrease Processed Food Consumption