All About Cortisol aka “The Stress Hormone”

Cortisol is a steroid hormone that regulates a wide range of processes throughout the body, including metabolism and the immune response. It also has a very important role in helping the body respond to stress.

Basically, cortisol is your body’s fight or flight instinct. It works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation and fear.

Cortisol can play an important role in so much more!

This could include:

  • Managing how your body uses carbohydrates, fats and proteins

  • Regulate metabolism

  • Keeping inflammation down

  • Regulating blood pressure

  • Increasing your blood sugar

  • Assist with memory formulation

  • Controls your sleep cycle

  • Boost’s energy so you can handle stress

What are symptoms of a cortisol imbalance?

There are many symptoms that could be caused due to a cortisol imbalance – this could mean your cortisol levels are too high or too low. The symptoms could include:

  • Weight loss and low appetite

  • Low blood pressure

  • Fatigue

  • Low levels of energy

  • Salt and sugar cravings

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Irritability and depression

  • Lack of enthusiasm

  • Decreased libido

  • And more

If you think you have a cortisol imbalance, talk to your provider. They can do a blood test to check your levels.

How is this connected with BHRT?

When you are feeling stressed and your cortisol levels are high, you might find yourself relying on your hormone therapy to make yourself better – which in turn could mean you are going through your hormone faster.

You can balance your cortisol levels naturally!

There are very small, natural ways you can balance your cortisol levels. These could include:

  • Exercising

  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule

  • Get plenty of sleep

  • Limiting alcohol

  • Avoiding caffeine, sugar and processed foods

  • Prioritize relaxation

  • Eat a balanced diet

Talk to your provider as they will be able to recommend what is best for you.

If you are interested in finding a Qualgen hormone provider near you, please email

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