Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, which sit atop the kidneys. The hormone has earned the nickname "the stress hormone," because it's released as the body's natural response to stress. Cortisol can be helpful on the short term, but chronic stress can cause the adrenal glands to become overworked and this oftentimes leads to a medical condition, known as adrenal fatigue.
While stress affects women and men alike, women are oftentimes more susceptible to the effects of chronic stress and cortisol imbalance. Women have a lot of roles to live up to. They're caretakers, nurturers, wives, mothers and many times business professionals. Juggling it all can certainly become overwhelming, to say the least. When you factor in the hormonal changes women face as they age, the combination can really get the cortisol pumping.
- Weight gain
- Bone and muscle loss
- Foggy thinking
Studies have revealed that women who eat balanced meals and partake in physical activity 3-5 times a week live longer, healthier lives because of it. If the chronic stress persists, over time, the adrenal glands can become overworked, which can present a whole new set of problems. Therefore, it is important to find ways to control chronic stress and arrest elevated cortisol levels before adrenal fatigue has a chance to develop.
There may be times when this process cannot be arrested with diet and lifestyle changes alone. When a hormonal imbalance needs to be fully evaluated and corrected at its source, the highly trained bioidentical hormone doctors at BodyLogicMD can help. BodyLogicMD expert physicians use state-of-the-art diagnostic testing to identify hormonal imbalances and use a combination of natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) in conjunction with customized nutrition and fitness programs that meet the needs of each patient. Testing is quick and easy and may very well provide the solution you've been looking for to overcome chronic stress and symptoms of cortisol imbalance.