Fatigue, depression, inflammation and obesity are just a few of the top illnesses that many people face. Although there are many medications and remedies for these issues, often they are only scratching the surface of the real problem. What if your own body is causing you to be ill, making most traditional treatments useless? Cortisol, known as the primary stress hormone, can often be the cause of many of the illnesses that are making people sick. And the worst part is that it is being produced by your own body.
Cortisol – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Cortisol is a hormone that is produced by your body to protect you when you are under stress. This is a good thing. When you are in danger, cortisol helps concentrate your body’s resources, increasing glucose in your blood and enhancing tissue repair. It also represses “non-essential” systems while you handle the crisis. While this can be useful when fighting off a bear in the woods, it is not as useful when you are reacting to everyday stresses such as a fight with your boss.
The bad effects of cortisol often come from overproduction. Your body doesn’t differentiate between the bear and the boss fight – both will trigger a release of cortisol. But shutting down your immune and digestive system on a daily basis is a bad thing.
The ugly effects of cortisol overloading come with the fatigue, weight gain, depression and other responses to this hormone. Trying to treat each symptom separately is ineffective because the cause, too much cortisol, is still present.
Luckily, you don’t have to live with the consequences of too much cortisol production. There are treatments and lifestyle changes that can manage your cortisol levels, effectively remedying the illnesses caused by this hormone. To learn more, seek the advice of a naturopathic doctor that specializes in treating stress hormone disorders.
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Wholistic Medicine Specialists of Atlanta
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