Cortisol: Stress Hormone
Cortisol is a steroidal hormone that is released primarily during stress.
It increases blood sugar, suppresses the immune system, and aids in fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism.
Its function is essential to your body, but too much can leave you with serious problems.
High cortisol levels over time can manifest as loss of libido and loss of fertility.
Even if you have perfect blood values, if your cortisol is elevated, look no further–controlling your cortisol is the answer to better health.
Having cortisol levels that are either too low or too high can leave you with symptoms like:
• problems with memory and concentration
• hair, muscle, and bone loss
• high blood sugar
• high blood pressure
• erectile dysfunction
• sleep problems
• food cravings
• excess body fat
• catching lots of colds and infections
A big problem with our modern lifestyle is that we are more and more stressed, which leads to high cortisol.
If you are experiencing loss of sex drive, a nervous stomach, feelings of anxiety or panic, gut problems such as diarrhea or constipation, infections, or sleep problems, have your cortisol level checked.
Behavioral ecologist Fhionna Moore concluded that women prefer men who have low levels of cortisol because women instinctively know that men with high levels of cortisol have suppressed immune systems and reproductive function.
Adopting healthy responses to stress are a good way to lower cortisol, boost testosterone, and attract women!
Factors That Make Cortisol Go Up and Down
Factors known to increase cortisol include drinking too much coffee, sleeping less than normal, traumatic or stressful events, severely low-calorie diets (severe calorie restriction over a long period of time stresses the body),and various forms of exhaustion.
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