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Why Too Much Stress Leads To Too Little

In part 1: we discussed how too much stress could lead to high cortisol levels, negatively affecting your bodies ability to lose weight.

But, what happens when enough is enough, when too much cortisol becomes t0o little?

How does this work? Could it be a limiting factor in your results?

It might sound counter intuitive, but prolonged periods of high cortisol will eventually lead to low cortisol. This occurs once the adrenal glands are no longer able to meet the demands placed on them.

Effectively, we run out of cortisol.

This means we are depleted in B vitamins, amino acids, and it becomes harder and harder for us to produce the feel good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine.

How does this affect me?

This is a symptom known as burnout, we feel flat, don’t recover, are always tired, have a weakened immune system, and difficulty staying asleep.

Low cortisol is also closely linked to fibromyalgia, depression and chronic fatigue, this does not necessarily means that it causes these problems, as they are quite complex.

People with low cortisol don’t feel well, aren’t energetic, are often in pain, get nauseous easily and generally feel down.

This is what makes it hard for them to lose body fat as they are highly unmotivated, and when they do train they are sore for days, and often feel worse for it.

What can I do to help solve the problem?

One of the best things you can do is to try to get some movement in in some form, this could be a simple as going for a walk, or getting out for a cheeky hit of golf. It doesn’t need to be strenuous, but it should elevate the heart rate.

In terms of supplementing Liquorice root extract has also been shown to be a major helper in supporting the adrenal glands. 600mg per day has been shown to do the trick.

Low cortisol is something that is common, and could be affecting you.

If you want to learn more about cortisol then register for the webinar held on Wednesday June 4th at 8:30pm Western Standard time.

We will be covering high and low cortisol and our best tips and tricks to manage both.