Are you wondering if low cortisol causing your fatigue and weight gain? Read on for some common symptoms of low cortisol.
Have you been experiencing any of the following…
* Weight gain
* Low blood pressure
* Poor recovery from workouts
* Salt cravings
* Depression or anxiety
* Exercise intolerance
* Sleep issues
* Poor memory or brain fog
* Low energy/fatigue
* Low libido
* Pain and inflammation
* Frequent illness
If so, you could be suffering from Low Cortisol.
Is low cortisol causing your fatigue and weight gain?
Cortisol is a naturally-occurring steroid hormone that helps regulate body processes such as your metabolism and your immune response. Having a proper cortisol level is essential for weight and stress management and for your overall good health.
When your brain is not telling your adrenals (technically, your brain and HPA-Axis) to produce enough cortisol to support your body systems, you start to experience some of these symptoms.
Some possible reasons you may be have Low Cortisol levels:
* Chronic stress
* Excessive exercise and endurance training
* Low-fat or low-carb diets, under-eating in general
* Head trauma
* Cortisol suppressing meds like corticosteroids, antidepressants, or opiates
* Addison’s disease
Some of the best ways to manage Low Cortisol is to avoid habits and activities that cause the problem in the first place.
Be sure to avoid the following:
* Low-carb/Low-fat diets
* Skipping meals or Intermittent Fasting
* Inflammatory foods, alcohol, and caffeine
What to do about low cortisol and weight gain
* Sleep and rest
* Eat enough
* Reduce high-intensity exercise
* Replenish lost minerals, specifically vitamin C sodium, potassium, magnesium
Unsure if you have Low Cortisol and want to learn more?
How to test for low cortisol
A DUTCH test can help! This urine-sample based (totally non-invasive) test can be done at home. As a FDN practitioner, I can help you analyze your results and create a plan of action moving forward. Click the link below to apply for coaching and connect with a CNC coach today!
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