Cortisol: How to Balance Cortisol Levels to Burn Fat- Thomas DeLauer
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cortisol our first reaction to it is always negative or stress-related in this video I’m going to explain how cortisol actually can help you burn fat it’s just about making sure you understand the levels of modulation with cortisol so let me explain exactly what cortisol does in the body both the good and the bad so we can clear up some of the myths but also understand where we draw the line what cortisol is is a steroid hormone that’s produced by the adrenals it’s produced not just in response to stress but in response to everyday life and everyday function and even some foods that we eat just about every single cell in our body has a receptor for cortisol in it what does that mean that means that if course all levels are too high or too low it affects our cells in just about every area of our body that’s why you hear people talking about course all levels being too high and causing body fat issues causing mood issues causing circulation issues because it’s affecting cells across the board but the thing is this day and age we have to start paying attention to two little cortisol – and here’s a fact if your cortisol levels are too high for too long eventually it crashes and makes your overall cortisol levels too low still a problem here are some of the things that course all does in the body it regulates your blood sugar it can regulate your mood regulate your metabolism regulates your blood pressure but it also plays a role in regulating the water and salt balance in your body have you ever noticed that when you’re ultra stressed out that you’re holding more water than usual maybe you’re a bloated in the face maybe you’re bloated in the abdomen pretty normal as a result of stress but too little cortisol can cause that problem too but let me explain how cortisol and the right amounts of it actually trigger some fat loss we have something in our body it’s called the hormone sensitive lipase HSL maybe you’ve heard of it before but what that hormone sensitive lipase does is it’s an enzyme that triggers fat to leave the stored issue of your body and become mobilized in the bloodstream believe it or not cortisol triggers this course all is one of the key triggers of actually releasing fat into the bloodstream where we can use them for fuel and burn them you see it makes sense cortisol levels elevate when we start to work out so of course it’s going to call in the fat stores to be released so that we have some energy so then why are we constantly negating the effects of course all well the simple thing is even slightly elevated levels of cortisol for an extended period of time it starts to have sort of an inverse or negative effect the opposite of what it was doing before once it’s been elevated for a little period of time here’s some of the things that you can typically experience if you have a lot of cortisol flowing through your veins and make sure you listen carefully because some of these or all of these might even apply to you excess weight gain mood swings anxiety loss of libido sleeplessness any of those sound familiar or – all of them sound familiar now I want you to take a look at that and start thinking about when you may have started having some stressful times in your life and see if they all correlate you see sometimes it’s not just the stress that’s affecting our mind it’s the stress that’s affecting our mind that’s affecting our body that’s really playing the key role but what’s crazy is too little cortisol has some pretty similar symptoms now if you experience some things like muscle loss some fatigue and loss of energy general lethargy but also a loss of libido and also you’re realizing that your sleep pattern is disrupted not just bad sleep for your sleep pattern your circadian rhythm in through and through is messed up then you might have an issue with too little cortisol so you can see how it’s hard to ascertain what the true issue is a lot of us don’t realize if we have too little or if we have too much but some of the best ways at the end of the day that you can get through the process is by adopting methods like meditation to truly start to have an adaptogenic effect on your body if meditation isn’t your thing you can’t find the time I suggest you try to find the time if you truly can’t start using something like ashwagandha or maca root as an adaptogen why because those adopted Jin’s don’t just low reporte saw you know we don’t want to go down the road of just trying to lower cortisol because then if we do lower cortisol we’re already too low then we can’t trigger that hormone sensitive lipase to help us burn fat and then we’re back to square one and we feel like garbage but what you do want to do is you want to modulate that in adaptogens like ashwagandha and maca help all hormones balanced out and find homeostasis so that’s going to be the first step but this isn’t really a pitch for ashwagandha or any kind of mocker adaptogen in general it’s really a pitch for you to stop looking at cortisol as the enemy and start realizing that it’s okay to have salt it’s okay to have a little bit of course all it’s okay to have these things that stimulate that production the thing is by stressing about cortisol you’re creating more cortisol just from that stress so the end of the day keep it locked in on your health and keep it locked in on these videos and if you have any suggestions on video topics that you’d like to see or expanding in the world of cortisol make sure you comment below but also give this video a share make sure you’re sharing it with your friends and if you haven’t already click on that subscribe button just so that you can make sure you never miss one of my videos to cut through the noise of the internet cut through the noise of all the bogus people out there on the interweb I’ll see you soon
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Cortisol: How to Balance Cortisol Levels to Burn Fat- Thomas DeLauer… The Good and the Bad of Cortisol –
When you hear cortisol, you may automatically jump to stress and inflammation. There is more to cortisol than just functioning as a stress hormone. It is possible to have both too little and too much cortisol. So what exactly is cortisol and what does it do? Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is produced in the adrenal glands, with its secretion controlled by the adrenal glands, the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. Most cells in the body have receptors for cortisol, so this hormone impacts much of your body in numerous ways.
Cortisol functions include:
Regulates blood sugar
Plays a part in memory
Impacts inflammation, including decreasing inflammation
Blood pressure control
Water and salt balance
Supports a healthy pregnancy
Proper cortisol function is in fact part of maintaining a healthy weight and losing fat. Slight elevations in cortisol levels activate an enzyme called hormone sensitive lipase (HSL). Burning fat involves hormones – HSL releases stored fat from your body when queued by cortisol. Your body is then able to utilize this fat for fuel, thus leading to fat burning.If your cortisol levels remain elevated for too long, the opposite can happen and cortisol will trigger fat storage.
Excess cortisol causes:
Excess cortisol can lead to:
Weight gain, particularly around the core and face
High blood pressure
Too little cortisol causes (known as hypoadrenalism):
Long periods of excessive synthetic cortisol treatment (can reduce the natural release of cortisol)
Addison’s disease – an autoimmune disease that can lead to adrenal gland damage
Other rare medical conditions
Too little cortisol can lead to:
Muscle loss and muscle fatigue
Darkening of the skin
What Can You Do? Controlling stress can help with both high and low cortisol levels, so adding meditation and yoga to your daily routine can help. Adaptogens such as ashwagandha can help to balance your stress response and cortisol levels.
Research bomb: In a 2012 randomized, placebo-controlled study of 64 adults with chronic stress looked into the stress levels and serum cortisol levels following ashwagandha supplementation for 60 days. Those who took the Ashwagandha supplements were found to have lower serum cortisol levels when compared to the placebo group. Curcumin has also been shown to help reduce cortisol levels, so add turmeric to your foods. Speak with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.
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