It's time to clarify and demystify the bad reputation Cortisol has gained for being called the stress hormone!
Cortisol is the hormone responsible for activating the body's defense mechanisms in the face of a threatening situation that represents a risk or a high degree of stress. It is a vitally important neurotransmitter produced by the adrenal glands that allows the body to be on alert when necessary.
- Increases blood sugar level, for optimal energy during alertness, for better stress management
- Regulates inflammation, it is the only one capable of activating or deactivating an inflammatory process, in order to protect the body.
- It maintains water and mineral levels in the blood, which in turn maintains blood pressure.
- Interferes with the sleep-wake cycle
- Contributes to activate memory and concentration in alarm situations.
The problem lies when there is an imbalance in this defense system as a consequence of alterations in the endocrine system or the development of chronic stress, the latter being the most common cause of the imbalance in cortisol levels.
When someone suffers from chronic stress, their body is kept in constant tension, raising cortisol levels above their normal values, which has negative repercussions, altering many of the body's functions. Among the most important ones:
- Decreases the immune system's defenses: which in the medium and long term can generate respiratory diseases, allergies, autoimmune diseases.
- Inhibits digestion and absorption of food: This can cause indigestion, irritation and inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and colitis.
- Increases blood pressure: resulting in an increased risk of chronic heart disease, heart attacks, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular problems.
- Difficulties in falling asleep: this prevents adequate rest, which can lead to mental decline, lack of concentration and memory.
- Increased fat and fluid retention; which favors obesity.
- Imbalance in blood sugar levels, which can trigger the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Alteration of reproductive functions: it can cause erectile dysfunction, as well as the interruption of the ovulatory cycle and menstrual cycles, and may even cause infertility.
- Skin problems: dryness, flaking, dermatological problems such as herpes, psoriasis or acne, even old age.
- Cellular aging, due to the organic dysfunctions it produces, which are then replicated.
- General organic imbalance: can cause many disorders such as chronic fatigue, thyroid disorders, dementia, depression and other conditions.
As you can see, chronic stress is the one that puts your health at risk, since it prevents cortisol from fulfilling its true function, which is to activate the mechanisms that allow you to protect yourself.
That is why we invite you to activate the GlutActive® recommendations to prevent cortisol levels from rising disproportionately as a result of stress.
- Get proper rest, the quality of your sleep affects your sensitivity to stress.
- Relax your body and mind, you can practice meditation or breathing techniques.
- Nourish your body with the minerals, vitamins and trace elements it needs to keep the body in balance. Especially increase your intake of glutathione, vitamin C, for a better balance of the endocrine, nervous and other systems.
- Avoid overloading yourself with work, optimize your time and energy.
- Consume supplements that increase your energy levels and concentration.
- Do some physical activity to help you release tension, without forgetting to consume antioxidants to help neutralize excess free radicals.
GlutActive® the secret to prolonged stress-free youth.