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Why Your Cortisol Levels Might Show Up Normal In Blood Work

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So everyone on social media is telling you that your cortisol levels are high, yet your blood work says they're normal... 😵‍💫 If this sound like you, then let's talk about why! We understand how frustrating it can be to know you have so many of the signs and symptoms of having high cortisol levels. And we understand how even more frustarting it can be to then only have a blood test come back normal! So you are NOT alone in this feeling.  In fact, it's actually quite common to have high cortisol levels even when your blood test says you don't. But why...

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Cortisol Belly: The Connection Between Stress And Weight Gain

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Stress is an inevitable part of our daily lives, and let's be honest, it can be a real pain in the gut — literally! We've all experienced that bloated, uncomfortable feeling that seems to come out of nowhere and sticks around for way too long. But did you know that stress can actually cause your body to store fat around your midsection? That's right, your cortisol levels (a hormone released during stress) can wreak havoc on your waistline, and can lead to the development of a “cortisol belly.” Understanding Cortisol Levels and Weight Gain While cortisol can be helpful in...

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8 Signs You Have A Hormonal Imbalance (& What To Do About It)

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What is a hormonal imbalance? A hormonal imbalance typically occurs when there is too much or too little of a particular hormone in the body. Hormones are chemical messengers that are produced by various glands in the body and are responsible for regulating many physiological processes (such as metabolism, sleep, reproduction, and growth.). When hormone levels become imbalanced, they can cause a variety of symptoms, including weight gain or loss, mood swings, irregular periods, infertility, fatigue, and changes in sex drive. Hormone imbalances can occur for a variety of reasons, including natural aging, stress, genetics, and certain medications or medical...

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9 Ways To Lower Your Cortisol Levels

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Cortisol is a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress. It plays an essential role in regulating bodily processes, including blood sugar levels, metabolism, and immune function. Cortisol levels determine the extent of the body's response to stress, so it's crucial during times of prolonged stress. However, when those cortisol levels remain high, it's possible that your body will experience detrimental effects. Here are 9 ways to lower your cortisol levels: 1. Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine triggers the release of cortisol and can cause cortisol levels to stay elevated for an extended period. This constant elevation...

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The Signs And Symptoms Of High Cortisol Levels

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High cortisol levels (especially over longer periods of time) can leave lasting effects on that body. SO it's important to know how exactly to recognize when your body is actually struggling with higher than normal cortisol levels. Here are the signs and symptoms of high cortisol levels: Acne  When cortisol levels remain elevated for prolonged periods in the body, it can disrupt the balance of other hormones such as progesterone and testosterone, leading to increased activity of sebaceous glands and production of oil. This clogs pores and causes acne. Furthermore, high cortisol levels can also weaken the immune system, making...

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