Cortisol is one of those hormones which everyone thinks is bad. But cortisol isn’t all bad. In fact, we need cortisol to react to circumstances and events like waking ups, acute stress and exercise. The only thing about cortisol is when we have too much in the body.
To be able to balance cortisol levels you first need to find out signs of too much cortisol in the body. So watch out for these 9 signs.
Lack of quality sleep
Cortisol levels usually rise when we wake up, and drop at night. But if you have high cortisol levels it’ll be hard to sleep even when tired. Additionally, you can’t sleep deeply when catch some sleep.
Feeling tired even after sleeping deeply
Sometimes high cortisol levels lead to chronic fatigues. You’re probably tressed if you wake up feeling tired all the time.
Backaches and headaches
High cortisol levels increase the body’s and brain’s sensitivity to pain. So you might frequently experience headaches, backaches and muscle aches.
Unexplained weight gain
Research shows that cortisol causes excess fat to settle in the body, especially in the abdominal area. Eating healthy and exercise might not be enough if your cortisol levels are high.
Easy to get infections
Excess cortisol weakens the body’s immune system. It’s much easier to catch colds and flus if cortisol levels are high.
Increased cravings of junk food
Studies have shown a direct connection between high cortisol levels and increased cravings for junk food in both men and women.
Being always anxious
Cortisol levels can cause paranoia, and feelings of panic most of the time.
Frequent stomach upsets
The gut is very sensitive to stress hormones. High cortisol levels can cause constipation, heartburn, and cramps.
Loss of sex drive
Cortisol kills libido, lowers testosterone levels and ultimately makes it hard to focus on sex.