Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cortisol Switcharoo: How the Main Stress Hormone Makes You Fat and Angry

Sara Gottfried, M.D.

Have you heard of the "cortisol switch"?

The Good

Here's the scenario. When you're stressed, you feel the positive vibe of cortisol -- the rise of energy, the focus, the charge, the ascent. Cortisol is the main stress hormone made in your adrenal glands and it's designed to get you out of danger. Cortisol has three main jobs: raise blood sugar (to feed muscles so you can run or fight), raise blood pressure, and modulate immune function.

The Bad (aka, the Switch)

But here's the rub (as Shakespeare puts it)... "the cortisol switch." Your body ceases to register the positive aspects of cortisol, and you switch to the negative aspects of cortisol. It takes about 18 minutes.

It's like when you drink regular coffee and feel like a rockstar, for 18 minutes to be precise. Then you get hit the wall, get all jittery and anxious. Thoughts erode. Blood sugar rises, then precipitously drops. Acidity increases. You get heavy and dumb.

The Long-Term Badness: From Muffin Top to Insomnia

Over time, high cortisol, when sustained, is linked to high blood pressure...


1 comment:

  1. Excellent article, thanks for the share, Bob !
    So good, in fact, I'm going to print it out as a reminder....:-)


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