Cortisol. It’s not so bad. You see, cortisol is a hormone that helps regulate blood pressure and immune system during a crisis, whether it is physical or emotional. Cortisol is essential to help our body increase its ability to fight infection, as it turns on our physique’s “survival mechanism” mode. The problem is, as many people say: too much of a good thing is a bad thing.
When our mind and body is exposed to an enormous amount of stress, its natural reaction is to elevate the cortisol level, kicking this hormone into high gear. This reaction causes the body to experience a host of physical ailments such as “sleep problems, a depressed immune response, blood sugar abnormalities, and even weight gain”. Having a heightened level of this hormone is like having a devil whispering to your ear, “Eat more! Eat more!”. As you grapple with paying the bills, or delivering a work task on time, or keeping up with the mounting house chores, the “cortisol devil” leans in and demands you to “panic and consume more calories! And don’t even try to sleep!”. Yikes!
The good news is, cortisol levels can be managed. Much has been researched about techniques on handling this notorious stress hormone, however, you need an enormous amount of discipline and commitment. Among the techniques are
- eating nutritious foods which include plenty of fruits and vegetables
- exercising on a regular basis
- taking herbs and supplements as a physical aid, and the most important of all
- delving into utmost relaxation, even for a few minutes every day. Relaxation is so important because being in a relaxed state helps the body stay calm and connected to its natural surroundings. Turning off noise, or things that elevate stress, helps us relieve anxiety, which in turn, regulates the notorious hormone on the body. And a relaxed state of mind of course is equal to a healthy and Zen attitude.
Rebecca Privilege Complete Health & Wellness is one of the leading experts in all natural and holistic healing. Having learned many skills in different techniques that answer to different kinds of ailments, for different kinds of people, she truly knows the best and most effective means of healing that is suitable for everyone. Book an appointment now, and shun those evil stress hormones away!