Stress and Cortisol

Stress and CortisolStress and Cortisol – Is stress killing you?

We all know stress is not good for us.  Some of us are stress junkies though and feel we are only working to our optimum capacity when we’re feeling stressed.  It’s important to understand the relationship between and stress and cortisol and to know what they do to our bodies.

Cortisol is a stress hormone; in fact, it is a key stress hormone. Having elevated cortisol levels is a slippery slope and makes us crave sweet and salty foods that put us into a cycle of eat too much and the wrong foods, gain weight, diet, get sick of dieting, eat too much to feel better, gain weight…you get the picture.

Stress eating can lead to increased blood pressure, increased blood sugar and other health problems.

On the blog Appetite for Health, I read a really informative post written by dietetic intern, Minhchau Tran.  She says, in part:

“With a non-stop schedule and calendar that is double and triple-booked… it’s common to feel anxious, stressed and overwhelmed.  Problem is, all that stress may be harmful for your health.  There are different kinds of stress…Both have the risk of affecting your health.”

In her article, Minhchau Tran includes seven ways to manage stress and lower cortisol levels.  They are good, common sense suggestions and I urge you to take a look at them.  Choose one or two to implement to help when you feel overwhelmed and stressed.

Helping You Achieve Major Wellness in Your Life!    

Cheryl A Major

Cheryl A Major, CNWC

Cheryl A Major lives in Westford and is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. Her TV show, Thin Strong Healthy, airs on WestfordCat and is an offshoot of her blog   Cheryl offers ongoing information, live and online courses and personal health coaching to help you feel better and be healthier.  Follow Cheryl on Twitter @CherylAMajor.  She is also a full time residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker with more than 25 years experience. 

Her new book, “Eat Your Blues Away” in which she chronicles her recovery from depression is now available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback!   


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Stress and Cortisol — 4 Comments

  1. Interesting article, Cheryl. Stress is one of those things that can sneak up on you. I changed my work situation in order to eliminate stress in my life, only to find that other parts of my life would take up the slack.
    Connie Ragen Green

  2. Great share Cheryl. I was just talking about stress tonight with my boyfriend and how there’s a couple things going on in my life right now that have me super stressed out and I know how bad the stress is taking a toll on me (not just the stress eating, but lack of sleep and more too)! I needed to read this tonight.

    • I’m so happy you connected with this post Tish. We all go through periods where we manage stress and then don’t… We are truly a work in progress. I hope you’ll stop by again!

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