Cortisol is our primary stress hormone. It is responsible for regulating many other functions in the body including, but not limited to:

  • Blood sugar levels
  • Fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism to maintain blood glucose
  • Immune responses
  • Anti-inflammatory actions
  • Sex hormone production
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart and blood vessel tone and contraction
  • Central nervous system activation

Cortisol is secreted in high amounts by the adrenal glands during times of stress. After a short period of time cortisol levels should return to normal following a stressful event. Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal. This can lead to “Adrenal Fatigue.” Adrenal fatigue can cause anxiety, depression, insomnia, weight gain and infertility. It is important to note that adrenal fatigue often precedes thyroid conditions as well. Treating your stress, and restoring your adrenal health is possible and often necessary to feeling better and improving your overall health.