Last week we explored DHEA, the hormone that helps keep cortisol in check among other things. If you didn’t get a chance to read it you can catch up here. Cortisol is a hormone you may have heard swung around the traps as if it were the Coca-Cola of neurotransmitters – that is, it’s not one bit good for you. But as you’ll learn, it’s quite the contrary. Cortisol is one of the many hormones we all need that performs many functions we must tap into to survive. The issue of modern living is that cortisol is way too often out of control, much like King Kong on a bad day.
Cortisol, produced by your adrenal glands which sit above the kidneys, is that hormone that helps to manage things like digestion as it regulates hunger and cravings. It’s also important to regulate blood pressure, our sleep/wake homeostasis AND where you might have heard it mentioned most, it’s ability to help us cope with stress.