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Cortisol, being the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances the brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.
Cortisol also changes functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a stressful situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of the brain that control mood, motivation and fear.
The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all the body’s processes. This increases the risk of numerous health problems including anxiety, depression, digestive problems, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain, memory and concentration impairment.
- Poor concentration, ‘brain fog’
- Fatigue, lethargy
- Salt cravings
- Mild depression
- Lack of stamina
- Sexual dysfunction
- Irregular sleeping patterns
NutriPATH practices in the usual practitioner-referral system for pathology laboratories. Patients are highly recommended to seek the supervision and guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner for the interpretation of any lab results and associated information.
NutriPATH can offer assistance in locating a suitable practitioner.