How to Lower Cortisol Levels and Lose Weight
We mentioned coffee in the inflammation diet section. But as a general rule of thumb, if you have any of the symptoms of high cortisol levels, you should avoid all stimulants.
That includes energy drinks, cigarettes, and everything with caffeine in it. Green tea and black tea are borderline; I recommend you try them and see how it goes. They are extremely healthy drinks, but the caffeine amount might be bad for your cortisol levels.
Why you should not ignore cortisol
Losing weight is one of the main reasons why people should try and control their cortisol levels. But what happens when you ignore high cortisol levels? I try to warn all my friends about this. Cortisol is just one of the hormones you can’t ignore. You can even put it on a scale with hypertension and high blood pressure as one of the most deadly conditions.
Here are some situations that happen when you are exposed to long-term high cortisol levels:
- Weight gain and diabetes are among the first conditions you experience. Since your metabolism is disrupted, your blood sugar rises, and the increased fat results in weight gain and eventually diabetes.
- Heart disease and heart attacks are also possible. We know that a heart attack is one of the aftermaths of diabetes and weight gain, so take that into consideration. You burn fewer calories, your body cannot release fat from the fat stores, and you transform into one huge body of fat and cholesterol. And that’s deadly to your
- High cortisol levels also shrink your thymus gland, which is one of the key immune regulators in your body. As a result, your immune system is impaired, and you are more prone to even common illnesses like flu. But that’s just the beginning, as you can also develop disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and so on.
- Gastrointestinal problems are a result of heartburn. High cortisol levels reduce the production of the enzymes your body needs to digest foods. The absorption of minerals and nutrients is reduced, and the growth of beneficial flora in the intestines is disrupted.
- I know that many women will want to know how cortisol affects their skin. Well, let me tell you the bad news: high cortisol levels cause skin aging and wrinkling. Your skin is dehydrated, and you can even start wrinkling when you’re just 20 years old.
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