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Cortisol

Stress Getting To You?

Cortisol is produced by small glands on top of the kidneys called the adrenal glands. Known as “the stress hormone,” cortisol is released as the body’s natural response to stress. Chronic stress can cause the adrenal glands to become overworked, and eventually quit working. This medical condition is known as Adrenal Fatigue. When the body experiences abnormal cortisol release, either too much or too little, it limits the body’s ability to utilize hormones. This can ultimately affect the function of many body systems including the thyroid gland.

Although stress affects both men and women, women are more often susceptible to chronic stress and cortisol imbalance. With the combination of the roles women have to live up to and the hormonal changes throughout their lives, a huge demand is being put upon the adrenal glands to function properly and manage stress.

I Think I’ve Seen This Before...

Symptoms of cortisol imbalance are similar to other hormone deficiencies.

  • Fatigue, sluggish
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Bone and muscle loss
  • Foggy thinking
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Tired but wired feeling

Studies show that people who eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight with diet and exercise are able to manage stress better and have healthier cortisol levels.

When Diet & Exercise Just Don’t Do It...

Sometimes lifestyle changes alone don’t solve the problem. You may require special testing and supplements to help support your adrenal gland function and get your cortisol levels normalized. Talk with your healthcare practitioner about possible treatment options.