Cause Of Elevated Cortisol

Cause Of Elevated Cortisol

Cortisol, otherwise known as the stress hormone, has implications on both our mental and physical health. Cortisol plays a very important function in the body such as regulating inflammation, blood pressure and blood glucose. Health issues arise when our adrenal glands are overtaxed and become imbalanced. 

Like I alluded to in previous blogs, the goal is to create or maintain a state of homeostasis or balance.  

The effects of chronic stress on the brain and body over time are equally detrimental contributing to both mental and physical disease.  

Below is a list of a series of causes of elevated cortisol which manifest and accumulate overtime to create physical and mental disease. 

  • Overconsumption of processed foods(white bread, bagels, muffins, croissants, processed sugary granola bars, donuts/pasteries, cereals, crackers, chips, white pasta, white rice (low in fiber, grain/germ removed)
  • Fast food
  • Too much sugar and trans fats
  • Too much caffeine
  • Too much alcohol
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress 
  • Vitamin Deficiency(B vitamins specifically)
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Blue Light exposure(excessive screen time)
  • Lack of outdoors(connecting with nature)
  • Negative MindSets 

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