Cortisol is well known as the stress hormone but it’s also considered the alert hormone that is essential to have in the right balance. It should be at it’s highest point in the morning to allow us to wake up and at it’s lowest point in the evening as we are ready to wind down for the night. It should steadily tapper off throughout the day allowing us to have enough energy to get through the day without having those energy crashes.
When those energy crashes do hit your body will start to crave carbohydrates because as a means to get sugar into the bloodstream in order to give all your cells enough energy to function properly.
On the other hand, if you don’t provide your body with the fuel it needs it will resort to elevating cortisol levels to help produce energy via gluconeogenesis. Although this is an effective way to increase your blood sugars this method relies on putting an extra strain on your adrenal glands; if done too many times, it can lead to adrenal fatigue.
Once you hit the point of adrenal fatigue, you will no longer be able to effectively produce cortisol. You won’t wake up feeling refreshed and you will be fantasizing about bedtime before you even get your feet on the ground.
In order to avoid this you must understand the importance of balancing your blood sugars. This includes eating every 3-4 hours, balancing your meals with protein, good fats, and fiber source, which will ensure you are eating meals that are low on the glycemic load.
This method will ensure there is a slow and steady release of sugar (energy) into your bloodstream throughout the whole day. In other words, you won’t have those energy crashes or carbohydrate cravings.
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