The Dangers of Chronically Elevated Cortisol: Why You Should Be Concerned

Nowadays it seems that people are always on the go, and although they may not always have time for themselves, they should make time to learn about the dangers of chronically elevated cortisol. This hormone can have a seriously negative impact on their health and well-being, so it’s important to be aware of the risks. By knowing what to look out for, busy everyone, no matter how busy, can take steps to maintain healthy cortisol levels and stay healthy and happy.

There are two adrenal glands. They are located just above the kidneys. Each adrenal gland is made up of two parts: the inner medulla, which produces adrenaline, and the outer cortex, which produces cortisol and aldosterone. Aldosterone is a steroid hormone that is important in salt/water balance and blood pressure. Cortisol and other glucocorticoids are secreted in response to stimulation of the adrenal glands by adrenocorticotropic hormone from the pituitary gland.

So, what are the dangers of chronically elevated cortisol? One of the most significant risks is that it can lead to weight gain. Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” because it’s released in response to stressful situations. When we’re stressed, our bodies go into “fight or flight” mode, which means that we’re preparing for a physical threat. This increases our heart rate and blood pressure, and also causes us to release glucose into our bloodstream so that we have energy to fight or flee.

If we’re constantly stressed, however, our bodies remain in this state of high alert and cortisol levels stay elevated. This can lead to increased appetite and cravings for high-calorie foods, as well as insulin resistance.

Here are some supplements that can help lower your chronic elevated cortisol levels.

Magnolia Bark– 250mg 3x daily

Theanine– 200mg daily

Epimedium– 1,000mg daily 

Phytosterols– 200 to 300mg, including 60-120mg of beta-sitosterol.

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