|Because I am world renowned illustrator I have quickly drawn this materpiece to demonstrate Cortisol|
YOU: What is Cortisol?
ME: Hey, I’m really glad you asked! Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. It is made by the adrenal glands in the kidneys and primarily helps to maintain blood pressure, immune function and the body’s anti-inflammatory response. When you get stressed Cortisol shows up to increase your blood sugar levels so you can deal with the situation. If a big bear tried to eat you then Cortisol would ensure you had the energy to either fight the big bear or run away: the fight or flight response.
YOU: That sounds interesting but why do I need to know about it?
ME: Well do you have many incidences with large bears? You see most of our stresses are from problems at home, the boss from hell or if we are going to get that assignment submitted on time. None of these things really require much in the way of extra energy. I’m really sure dudes like Superman benefit from Cortisol’s quick action but the rest of us just receive a blood sugar spike when we are not doing anything but sitting around feeling anxious. Cortisol also shows up when our body is under physical stress.
Cortisol rises when we have aggressive swings in blood sugar levels, go too long without food, lack of sleep or long bouts of exercise. If any of these situations occur for a long period of time then Cortisol is still hard at work raising your blood sugar and possibly sending hunger messages. So if you don’t burn off the extra energy what happens to it? It gets redeposited and usually around your tummy! I don’t know about you but none of this sounds very good to me.
YOU: Hmmm are you saying I’m fat Golightly? AND if you are are you saying I got like this because of stress?
ME: Whoa steady on. Not saying your fat girlfriend. But, let’s say for instance, you wanted to drop a few KGS so you look more like Jessica Alba then you already do, then it is important consideration. Of course if you just added the Domino’s delivery boy as a friend on Facebook then there are probably other reasons…but I have brought Cortisol to your attention because long-term stress is a well-known saboteur of the girl who wants to look shit hot and feel all kinds of awesome. I’m assuming this is you? If you think you are under stress then talk to your doctor. There are loads of activities and techniques you can use to deal with stress so it doesn’t end up as a spare tyre around your middle: meditation, exercise, counselling. Also when you aren’t stressed large portions of KFC chips are less likely to make it in to your little hands so go see about your stress levels hey?
YOU: Ok! Thanks this has been very informative and can I just say that picture is genius.
ME: Awww thanks.