*The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.
How Our Body Handles Stress:
The adrenal glands release a very important hormone, used to manage stress called Cortisol, which is critical for life and the key to normal physical composition and emotional stress responses. Unlike other hormones in our body the adrenal hormones generally do not decrease with age. Called the “stress hormone,” Cortisol levels rise when emotional stress is increased or emergencies occur. While optimal cortisol levels keep you feeling healthy and energized, a cortisol imbalance both high and low can have dramatic effects.
Benefits of Normal Cortisol Levels:
- Increased ability to deal with stress
- Decreased Respiratory illnesses
- Lower inflammation
- Increased energy
- Reduced overeating
- Reduced allergies
- Balancing of mood
- Reduced addictive tendency for food, alcohol and drugs
High Cortisol Levels
High cortisol imbalance can cause the immune system to be significantly impaired and make you more susceptible to illnesses and infections. It also can be a main cause of significant weight loss. A lot of people are shocked when it is explained that cortisol drives free fatty acids into the cells. Over time, chronically elevated cortisol levels due to persistent stress leads to hormonal imbalance that affects all the other hormones in the body, producing a chain-like reaction resulting in body fat accumulation, increased blood sugars, fatigue, bone loss, decreased sex drive and immune system deficiencies.
Low Cortisol Levels from Adrenal Fatigue:
Chronic stress is the underlying cause of adrenal fatigue. When the adrenal glands are weak, we no longer view stress as a challenge, we view it as a threat. Weak adrenals set the stage toward illness and disease. Both physical and emotional stress, which causes excessive and chronic excretion of Cortisol over time, will eventually exhaust the adrenal glands, resulting in lower Cortisol production. This insidious cycle can cause premature aging of tissues and total “body burnout.”
Cortisol can be a very difficult hormone to measure correctly. Working directly with some of the top hormone laboratories in the world the Harding Medical Institute can help to accurately diagnose both high and low levels of Cortisol through our complete hormone analysis.
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