Hormone Series Part 2: Why the Adrenals are So Important

by Jackie Wicks

 

Cortisol and stress hormone fluctuationCortisol

Cortisol helps regulate the allergic and anti-inflammatory responses of the immune system. It also helps maintain stable emotions and resist the effects of infections. Unfortunately, cortisol should only be released into the body occasionally, but as a result of chronic stress many people’s cortisol levels stay too high for too long, leading to kidney damage, spiking blood sugar, decreased ability to build protein, weight gain, and a vulnerability to allergies, bacteria, viruses and even cancer.

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