What is Cortisol?

Cortisol is a stress hormone produced by your adrenal glands. Cortisol impacts your blood pressure, immune system, blood sugar, sleep cycle, and much more. Our brains are able to tell if we have the appropriate amount or cortisol. If our cortisol levels are low, the pituitary gland will alert our adrenal glands to produce more. However, when we’re under high stress, excess cortisol will be released, which can negatively impact our health in multiple ways. Now that we’ve learned the importance of cortisol, let’s discuss symptoms of a cortisol imbalance and what you can do about it! 

Low Levels 

Cortisol helps boost your blood sugar when needed, so one of the main signs of a Cortisol deficiency is low blood sugar. Low blood pressure may also occur if there isn’t enough Cortisol to regulate your blood pressure. Other symptoms may include (but aren’t limited to): fatigue and apathy, aches and pains, sugar or salt cravings, and frequent rashes or infections. 

Excess Levels

When our brain is stuck on stress overdrive, the body will continue to release excess cortisol. Here are some symptoms to look out for: tired but unable to rest, heart palpitations, feeling stressed or overwhelmed, poor concentration, fluid retention, weight gain, and digestion problems. 

How do I get my Cortisol levels back on track?

The best way to reset your Cortisol levels is to reduce stress! This could simply mean just doing things that make you happy, as long as it’s healthy and within moderation! Try to implement a consistent sleep schedule if you haven’t yet. Take up journaling or meditation to help manage stress. Try to reduce the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume. Consider switching to an anti-inflammation diet rich in healthy fats and antioxidants, such as a Mediterranean diet. Incorporate exercise into your routine: yoga can help reduce stress and regulate your blood pressure! 

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