29 Jan CORTISOL-Natures Alarm in your Body
What is Cortisol?
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands, the triangular shaped glands that sit on top of our kidneys. It is secreted in response to stress and is also the key hormone involved in the fight or flight response. Cortisol also determines how the body uses glucose (sugar), regulates the blood pressure, and stimulates the function of the immune system.
Cortisol’s far-reaching, systemic effects play many roles in the body’s effort to carry out its processes and maintain homeostasis.
At normal levels, Cortisol secretion has many benefits. It prepares the body for physical and emotional challenges, generates energy boosters in the face of trauma and strengthens immune activity to combat diseases. Following this Cortisol-induced activation state, the body goes through a necessary relaxation response.
Enhanced levels of Cortisol secretion becomes challenging when you’re exposed to continuous or prolonged stress, which subsequently results in high blood sugar, high blood pressure, a inhibits immunity and increases fat storage in the body.
By its characteristic the level of Cortisol in the bloodstream peaks in the morning, then decreases as the day progresses. However, in people who live with depression, Cortisol peaks earlier in the morning does not level off or decrease in the afternoon or evening. We all know that prolonged and continuous stress will graduate into depression, so, reducing stress is ultimate to mellow elevated Cortisol levels.
Cortisol levels can come under control, when the body’s relaxation response is activated after the fight or flight response. You can learn to relax your body with simple stress management techniques, and also lifestyle changes. This will further help reduce your response to stress over the period.
Therefore, mindful living in terms of, waking up early, on time food intake, watchful of your thoughts, investing in self improvement can work therapeutically in the people who want to keep depression at bay.