Cortisol Hormone Balancing

Cortisol is the body’s main stress hormone. When we are in stressful situations or stressed about what is going on in our lives, our brain tells our bodies to initiate our natural stress response.

This is what we know as the fight or flight response. Our brain speaks to our adrenal gland to produce higher cortisol levels. 

This allows our bodies to focus on the source of our stress. Common sources of stress can be work, family problems, relationship issues, or general life stress.  

Cortisol Hormone Balancing

Consistent production of cortisol negatively impacts our bodies to the point that it suppresses our immune system, digestive system, and reproductive system.

To reduce your cortisol hormone levels, An Optimal You in Murrieta, CA focuses on integrative medicine that creates a cohesive wellness plan. The wellness plan supports a combination of orthodox and alternative medicine that highlights the necessary lifestyle changes of our patient. This practice incorporates different methods of positive living and selective medicines. Our approach to integrative medicine will help lower cortisol levels. 

Roles of Cortisol Hormone

Typically, cortisol levels give amazing health benefits when naturally produced.

  • Increases alertness and energy
  • Improves mood & ability to handle stress
  • Stimulates appetite & improves digestion
  • Eases inflammation & pain
  • Enhances immune response

Signs of Imbalanced Cortisol Hormone

  • High blood sugar
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to fight infections
  • Decreased memory, reaction time, problem-solving & learning
  • Feeling ‘burned out’
  • Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue – The Highs and Lows of Cortisol

There are occasions where people suffer from specific cortisol diseases such as Addison’s Disease or Cushing’s Disease/Syndrome, but these are not very common. You are more likely to have adrenal fatigue. Addison’s disease is an autoimmune disease that attacks the adrenal gland and greatly reduces the production of cortisol. On the opposite spectrum, Cushing’s Disease/Syndrome, or hypercortisolism, is unusually high cortisol levels.

It is important to talk to your general practitioner about Addison’s or Cushing’s to receive the proper medical care required. An Optimal You is a supplementary medical office and will not have the tools needed to actively treat your medical condition. 

Adrenal fatigue, however, stems from chronic stress. The stress in our lives causes our adrenal glands to over produce cortisol and exhaust its functionality over time. Adrenal glands then lose the ability to produce the optimal amount of cortisol leaving you feeling fatigued, depressed, or have trouble sleeping.

Usual Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue

  • Morning fatigue
  • Sudden drops of energy levels throughout the day
  • Poor stress management and sudden mood changes
  • Memory issues or “brain fog”
  • Higher levels of energy in the evening
  • Salty or sweet food cravings
  • A need for caffeine or other stimulants to survive the day
  • Lower immune system

Uncommon symptoms may include:

  • Inability to sleep at night (insomnia)
  • Frequent urination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Decreased blood circulation
  • Depression
  • Difficulty losing weight or gaining weight
  • Lower libido

Adrenal fatigue has a large impact on our lives. It affects the way we feel every day and how we respond to specific stresses on a physical and emotional level. Chronic stress increases our cortisol. The increased cortisol increases our blood pressure and gives us the fight or flight response. The consistent stress affects your adrenal glands, your heart, and other bodily functions. If your hormone imbalance is not managed correctly, you will face serious health problems down the line. 

Stress is always going to be part of our lives, but we cannot let it control our lives. We may stress about our children’s lives or our own careers, or where we are headed in life. To regulate your cortisol levels naturally, you must change the way you eat and how you overcome stressful situations.

Our diet has a direct impact on regulating our hormone levels. Our lifestyle has a strong influence on what our bodies do in frantic setting. In most cases, lifestyle changes, hormone balancing, and proper supplementation will help reduce your cortisol levels naturally.

Health and Wellness Tips

Replacing deficient hormones assists your adrenal glands in recovering. In addition, we have curated a small of list of natural ways to balance your cortisol levels. These small changes in your life can sway the course of your health in a positive direction. Do not be discouraged if you are not successful immediately. Change happens in time, not right away. Remember, life is a marathon, not a race. 

Contact Us

An Optimal You is a local integrative medicine clinic in Murrieta, CA that focuses on balancing hormones and your life. We provide wellness plans that focus on you and your lifestyle, not just your illness and symptoms. Make an appointment today to take back control of your life and be an optimal you. Call us at 951-461-3021 or fill out the form below to get started being THE OPTIMAL YOU!

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