However, if it is a problem you need to keep reading. Cortisol has an erratic past and has long been a misunderstood hormone. Some refer to it as the “King” of all the hormones. Still others take its name in vain because of its ability to mess up your sleep cycles and add unwanted inches to your tummy. Regardless where you fall, whether you love cortisol or you hate it, you need to understand it and how it affects your health and life in general.
This “King” hormone cortisol is created in your adrenal glands and its primary purpose is for regulating sugar with in your bloodstream. Cortisol helps to metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats. When you eat food, it helps your body digest macronutrients and make sure they go to the right places at the right times. Cortisol also plays a huge role in managing your stress levels, which is huge.
During times of stress your cortisol levels rise. When your cortisol levels rise you get a quick burst of energy, plus it helps improve your memory, and it to desensitizes you a little bit to pain. Obviously these benefits are extremely important and they are natural functions of cortisol. Cortisol gives us the ability to deal with stress in our day-to-day lives.
However….if the stress doesn’t ease up, neither does the cortisol. Yes, in small doses cortisol is a good thing, but it can become dangerous over an extended period of time. If you are constantly in a state of stress, your cortisol levels remain high. When your cortisol levels remain elevated for an extended period of time it can lead to adrenal fatigue. If you’re interested in learning about more adrenal fatigue click the link (http://winstonsalem.justyoufitness.com/always-tired-adrenal-fatigue/ ) and you can read a post I wrote about previously.
This is kind of off topic, but I am going to tell the story anyway. I was first introduced to the Circadian rhythm back in graduate school when I was studying to be a chaplain/counselor and when I first heard my professor talk about the Circadian rhythm I thought it was a dance at first…Thank goodness I didn’t raise my hand and ask for more clarification. Yes, there is such a thing as a dumb question :-). And I almost asked it.
Anyway, the Circadian rhythm is our natural cycle of sleep and wakefulness. Our bodies produce chemicals during the day and during the night that assist and control our sleep, energy, and are mood. This cycle is called the Circadian rhythm, and no the Circadian rhythm is not a dance.
When our body is under normal circumstances, the clock, circadian rhythm, largely determines the flow of cortisol. For most people, your cortisol levels tend to be higher in the morning. This is triggered by the emerging sunlight, as your cortisol rises your body gets an extra boost of energy so that you can give 110%. Or if you’re like my daughter it empowers you to get up at 5:30 in the morning and come ask daddy for a snack and juice.
Now, as the day goes on, your cortisol levels generally go down, this helps calm you down and prepares you to sleep well at night. Which makes me think my cortisol levels are on point, because my little behind falls asleep in a blink of an eye.
If they remain elevated and stay that way you will not feel sleepy. Ironically enough, you’ll feel tired, but not sleepy. Plus, you’ll have a hard time being able to relax and fall asleep. I suffered from that symptom a lot when I was an assistant principal and athletic director. I constantly was worrying and stressing about things and couldn’t sleep well.
If you suspect that this is your problem I have some solutions for you. The intent of my advice is so that you can hopefully reset your clock and start sleeping better as well as waking up and being more refreshed, which will also have a positive effect on your fat content around your middle.
All of those are ways that you can help regulate your circadian clock, which will reduce your cortisol levels, which will help you lose body fat specific to your waist with the added benefit of sleeping better.
Now, you should have all this extra sleep and a slimmer waist line. It is now time that you come to me and start working out in a private studio solely focused on Just You. I will customize the program to your goals, your desires, and your needs. I will fully support you and keep you accountable to reach your maximum potential. If that sounds like something you want let me know.
Regardless, go be awesome!
KELLEN LAKE – My cortisol levels are high just from typing this lol.
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