The Stress Hormone
Let’s take a deeper dive into cortisol and stress. Cortisol is a hormone released by your adrenal glands. It affects several different areas of your body, but also helps regulate how you respond to stress. Aside from regulating that stress response, cortisol helps control your metabolism, suppresses inflammation, regulates your blood pressure, and helps control your sleep cycle. This hormone has its hands in so many of your bodily functions, it’s easy to see how quickly things can go wrong when it rises just a little. Unfortunately, high levels of cortisol can lead to chronic stress.