Cortisol Part III: More than a "Stress Hormone"
Trusting cortisol by understanding its broad functions across body and mind.
Welcome to the third part of my new series on cortisol. The study of hormones is endocrinology. While the workings are dense, they also explain a lot about our experiences as humans. Today, we're going to look into what cortisol does, and why we need it. This is part of my mission to stop the anti-cortisol rhetoric. We need to love, understand, and most of all, trust cortisol, if we are going to adopt a more circadian lifestyle.
Cortisol is more than a "stress hormone."
Cortisol rises with stress, but cortisol doesn't cause stress. Remember, to think of cortisol as a bad thing is like thinking of EMTs as bad because EMTs show up at accidents!
We need to love, understand, and most of all, trust cortisol, if we are going to adopt a more circadian lifestyle.
Cortisol shows up during stress because it helps the body respond the right way. It is a powerful ally and crucial part of our biology. Cortisol is able to help us deal with stress because it has a lot of other important jobs.
Our bodies …
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