Cortisol

It is the stress hormone that gives you energy, but it can also makes you fat.

When cortisol levels are high, it takes more insulin to drive glucose into the cells.

Excess cortisol is associated with weight gain and the difficulty of losing weight.

High cortisol and high insulin levels, resulting in insulin resistance, are going to cause you to gain weight around the waist, because your body will store fat there rather than burn it.

When cortisol levels are chronically high, You may suffer from:

  • Weight gain, especially belly fat
  • Depressed immune function
  • Accelerated aging
  • Stomach ulcers
  • etc.

When cortisol levels are too low, you may suffer from:

  • Fatigue
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Exhaustion
  • Addison’s disease
  • etc.

Quick weight loss, promoted by gurus fails, because:

  • They shut down the metabolism instead of increasing it
  • They do not believe of the power of weightliftings combined with cardio
  • They do not condider high cortisol in the weight loss perspective.
  • They only think in short tem to sell their diet or products

Cortisol is elevated in response to stress.

The stress can be:

  • Physical
  • Environmental
  • Chemical
  • Imaginary

High cortisol levels raise blood sugar.

When stress occurs, we can reach 4 stages:

  1. Reaction
  2. Adaptation
  3. Exhaustion ( when prolonged too long)
  4. Death ( sometimes after long exhaustion)

It is important to recognize that an individual can reverse the consequences of stress by restoring the body’s reserve in following my 8 principles.

How to lower your cortisol:

Besides my 8 principles, one of the best known and most effective ways to lower excess cortisol levels is with the nutrient Phosphatidylserine (PS

A good lifestyle personal trainer knows that cortisol levels are crucial.

Most  medical doctors are not well trained with hormones. They often check the levels by a blood test and it is completely inaccurate.  It must be checked with saliva or urine for 12 hours.

I will personally refer you to the best integrative physicans, specializing in natural hormone replacement and certified by the American Accademy of Anti-Aging.

Chronically elevated cortisol levels contribute to the accumulation of abdominal fat and make it very difficult to get rid of it.

For more information, feel free to email me, I work in Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens area.

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