By Michelle Tuffs and Alane Archer, ND, CNC
Since I turned 40, I’ve had what I like to call my “cortisol baby”. Cortisol gets a bad wrap being known as the stress hormone and who can avoid stress on a daily basis these days? When cortisol is good, it’s great, but when it’s out of balance and bad, it’s awful. Constant stress causes cortisol to run amok! And of course, high cortisol can cause hunger which causes more of that cortisol baby look. Cortisol levels change during the day can wreak havoc or create focus and energy, it just depends on your lifestyle. It contributes to a host of issues such as insomnia, stress tolerance, headaches, dizziness, hunger, and belly fat, aka “cortisol baby,”, and also extreme fatigue to name a few. Did you realize caffeine can re-create stress levels in the body? Even, intense exercise? Yes! However, cortisol levels can be tamed and returned to normal levels!
Cortisol isn’t produced solely in response to stress; however, stress sends production into overdrive. Normal levels of cortisol are critical for maintaining steady energy throughout the day. How cortisol levels change during the day can affect your overall mental and physical feeling. When Cortisol levels are healthy, they are highest in the morning and taper off throughout the day and evening, kind of like a slow release energy pill that wears off just in time for bed.
Cortisol level symptoms can overlap thus making it difficult to know where you stand without testing. At Nutritionally Yours we offer options for adrenal saliva test kits which can be purchased online . Your adrenal saliva test kit is shipped directly to your home, results are returned to you in about 2 1/2 weeks with a personalized protocol. One of the best things about these kits is they are done in the privacy of your home and on your own time!
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.