Cortisol, often known as the stress hormone, has several important functions in our body. This hormone is produced by the adrenal gland when our brain perceives threats and signals a chain of chemical reactions and hormonal releases. When cortisol is released it sends our body into fight or flight mode to help us deal with stressful situations. But what happens when we are always under stress?
When we are no longer in stressful situations the cortisol hormone level decreases and our flight or fight mode is turned off. However, if we are constantly under stress the cortisol production switch will not be able to turn off. This can have detrimental effects on our body and can cause numerous problems like anxiety, depression, heart disease, disruption of sleep, digestive issues, cognitive impairment, and many more.
Since cortisol production is linked to stress, de-stressing is one of the best ways to bring cortisol to normal levels. Implementing mindfulness, healthy eating, breathing exercises, meditation and physical exercise in our life are some ways to help your body de-stress. These will help stabilize the cortisol imbalance and keep you healthy and happy!
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WebMD. “What is Cortisol?” December 2020, https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-cortisol