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Effects of High Cortisol

High Cortisol levels are usually the beginning of adrenal imbalance. The cause is constant stress that leads to high cortisol levels, adrenal imbalance and eventually exhaustion!

  • Do you wake up in the middle of the night or too early but you can’t fall back to sleep?
  •  Do you get light headed upon standing and need caffeine to keep you awake?
  •  Do you feel “wired” yet “tired” at the same time?
  •  Do you crave carbs and possibly eat more than 50% of your calories after 5pm?
  •  Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, nervousness, irritability, weight gain, increased sugar cravings, increased blood pressure, and abnormal blood lipids?
  •  Do you have difficulty recovering from exercise, easily get musculoskeletal injuries and seem to get sick often?

If this describes some or all of your symptoms, you are likely experiencing the effects of stress and subsequent high cortisol levels.

The effects of high cortisol levels and what you can do about it

Chronically elevated cortisol levels are both inflammatory and catabolic and cause a myriad of disorders including:

  • Thyroid and metabolic dysfunction
  • Cognitive decline
  • Low serotonin levels resulting in depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Carb cravings
  • Immune suppression
  • Altered glucose metabolism
  • Elevated lipid levels
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Low melatonin levels resulting in altered sleep patterns
  • Musculoskeletal issues resulting in difficulty recovering from exercise and possible subsequent injuries
  • Cortisol levels are also related to mental acuity and can factor into degenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s