Posted on 6th July 2018 at 19:04
Cortisol is the body's primary stress hormone, and it plays a role in many bodily functions.
Cortisol also plays a role in:
regulating the body's sleep-wake cycles
managing how the body utilises carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
controlling blood pressure
Here are some practical ways of lowering cortisol levels to help ensure that your body is able to manage stress levels.
Why high cortisol levels are a problem
The body relies on effective communication between the following three parts of the body to release the correct amount of cortisol:
the adrenal gland, controls many different hormones
the pituitary gland, the master gland of the body
the hypothalamus, links the nervous system to your hormones
Between them, they stimulate the production of cortisol when the body needs it and block it when the levels need to drop back down.
Both too much and too little cortisol can have an adverse effect on the body.
High cortisol level symptoms
Too much cortisol can cause the following symptoms:
impaired brain function
weak immune system
changes in mood, such as feeling irritable or low
rapid weight gain in the face and abdomen
Natural ways to lower cortisol
People trying to lower their cortisol levels should aim to reduce stress.
You can do this by removing yourself from stressful situations or learning how to cope with stress better.
You can learn to recognise the triggers for stress and try to manage these proactively to reduce instances of worry or anxiety and decrease feelings of tension.
People who learn how to cope when stressful thoughts arise will manage their cortisol levels better.
Source: Medical News Today
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