So we all know there are many hormones in our body, right? For example Dopamine, oxytocin, etc. Similarly, Cortisol is a hormone which regulates certain functions in our body. It is usually termed as “Stress hormone” since it is produced when we under stress. It is essentially an alarm system that goes off when we face any stressful situation. It is also called “Fight or flight hormone” because they are the two default responses our body undergoes when in a pressurized situation. But enabling a “fight or flight” response is not its only function. It also
- Manages how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
- Keeps inflammation down
- Regulates your blood pressure
- Increases your blood sugar (glucose)
- Controls your sleep/wake cycle
- Boosts energy so you can handle stress and restores balance afterward
But the people between 18-45 are constantly stressed with sometimes the stress scale close to ‘extreme’. So what happens if you are constantly stressed?
- Anxiety and depression
- Heart disease
- Memory and concentration problems
- Problems with digestion
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight gain
So make sure you aren’t constantly stressed as it has a lot of adverse effects on your body.