Stress Makes you Fat – The #1 Sign of High Cortisol.

You may remember my blog How Stress Makes you Fat

Now we will learn more.

Cortisol is the main stress hormone. If cortisol is too high, it can lead to a lot of different health problems. 

High cortisol can potentially lead to issues, such as:

• Belly fat  – Lost muscle from your butt and thighs and very painful, weak knees especially when you are climbing stairs.

• High blood pressure – Might increase first starting with the systolic (top number) and then the diastolic.

• Allergies

• Asthma 

• Acne 

• Anxiety 

• Low tolerance to stress – People start really getting on your nerves especially slow drivers.

• Inflammation – Cortisol is the main anti-inflammatory, without it you will have inflammation.

• Blood sugar problems – You may become a diabetic.

• Cravings for carbs 

• Decreased libido 

• Decreased potassium – It is needed for energy, relaxing you, balancing fluids, you hold salts causing edema.  

• Alkalosis – Lowered hydrochloric acid causes digestive problems. Your blood pH can become more alkaline causing additional problems.

The #1 sign of high cortisol is if you wake up at about 2:00 am – 2:30 am every night with a lot of thoughts that keep you awake until about 8:00 am. 

This happens because cortisol follows a circadian wave. It is normally the lowest at about 2:00 am and the highest at 8:00 am.  Everything is backwards and so when you should be sleeping you are most awake. You might also feel like you need a nap mid-day around 2 or 3 pm. 

Potential remedies for high cortisol:

1. Improve your stressful situation.

2. Take long walks in nature 

3. Do physical work to take your mind off the stressor. Work until you are tired.

4. Vitamin B1 (nutritional yeast)

5. Vitamin D3 – Cortisol tends to block the storage of vitamin D and the ability to use vitamin D. People with high cortisol usually are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D is also good for depression. Vitamin D acts like cortisol in the body with out the side effects. It will help you regulate or balance your cortisol.

6. Potassium and magnesium  – These key electrolytes relax you.

7. Apple cider vinegar – It is needed because you have alkalosis and need to acidify the body so that you can start absorbing the minerals and breaking down protein.

To learn more please watch The Secret to Being Calm When Stressed With High Cortisol

This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, The #1 Sign of High Cortisol

Dr. Berg is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.

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