Cortisol is a steroid hormone secreted by the adrenal glands in response to stress or when the level of cortisol in the blood is low. The body uses cortisol to increase blood sugar. Cortisol also aids in the metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates, and can decrease bone formation. It prevents the release of inflammatory substances. Often called the “stress hormone” and most frequently called bad is a God-given hormone as well. Most people don’t even realize how important cortisol is when dealing with chronic illness. Cortisol (glucocorticoids) is necessary for several major body processes to function normally. It’s integral to blood sugar regulation, proper immune function, blood pressure, and the metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates. And when it gets low, these systems begin to have problems—Fatigue, Chronic inflammation, Poor response, and “crashing” during stress, as well as Increased allergies and environmental sensitivity, Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar with irritability when hungry), Low blood pressure and dizziness upon first standing. When your stress and cortisol levels are high, the body actually resists weight loss. It’s the hormone that tells your body to store fat. So for weight loss, reducing the stress and getting the cortisol levels stabilized is a good thing. Many believe that Vitamin C helps lower or stabilize cortisol. So, eat your citrus every day.
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