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The Cortisol Connection

The Link Between Cortisol, Stress & Your Weight

There is solid evidence that a sedentary, inactive lifestyle, combined with a diet of high fat, processed and sugar-filled foods is contributing to the epidemic of obesity in the U.S. and worldwide. But researchers have found that the causes of being obese or overweight are not simply the result of overeating or lack of physical activity. Excessive and prolonged stress can cause the body to produce too much cortisol which can play a role in craving “comfort” foods, overeating, feeling fatigued, and storing excess body fat.

The Cortisol Connection

  • FAQ
    We know you’ve got a lot of questions about your testing, so we created this FAQ to answer all of the common questions our customers ask us. If you cannot find the answer to your question, or need help with your test — our friendly, knowledgeable customer support team is here to assist you. Do I need to have a prescription Continue Reading...
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    Thyroid Profiles At least 30 million Americans have a thyroid disorder and half—15 million—are silent sufferers who are undiagnosed, according to The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Women are as much as 10 times as likely as men to have a thyroid problem, says integrative medicine specialist Robin Miller, MD, co-author of The Smart Woman’s Guide to MidLife & Beyond. Continue Reading...
  • Weight Management Tests
    Weight Tests Maintaining a healthy weight is about more than just looking good, but staying healthy. If you’ve experienced weight gain, it could very well be due to hormone imbalances — which can be brought back to normal levels with proper exercise and dieting. It is a good idea to take a hormone test and see how your weight gain has impacted Continue Reading...
  • Adrenal Cortisol Tests
    Adrenal Profiles Performing adrenal and cortisol tests are important indicators of many diseases and conditions linked to stress, depression, and other illnesses.   Adrenal Stress Test Recommended with chronic stress, fatigue, sleep disturbances, allergies and/or lowered immunity; indicator of adrenal imbalance. Tests adrenal hormones DHEA-S and diurnal cortisol (morning, noon, evening, nighttime). (Saliva Test) Price: $165        Sleep Balance Profile Continue Reading...
  • Combination Profile Tests
    Combination Profiles The combined hormone tests give you the complete picture of all your hormones and offer more value then the single tests. Comprehensive Female Profile I (Saliva/Blood) Assesses gonadal, adrenal, and thyroid hormones. Includes saliva: E2, Pg, T, DS, Diurnal 4x Cortisol; and blood spot: TSH, fT3, fT4, TPO.           Price: $330    Comprehensive Female Continue Reading...
  • Cortisol and its negative effects directly related to stress
    Cortisol is an essential hormone that our body needs to survive. When under stress, our body releases it to cope with the pressure we are subjected to that requires us to act fast—an impending deadline, a race we have to finish, being caught in a calamity or an emergency situation. This hormone also surges when we are faced with too Continue Reading...
  • The Connection Between Your Cortisol Levels and Vascular Tone
    Article by Lisa Turner Although cortisol does play a vital role in stress management, over exposure can have an impact on your vascular tone. Throughout the day, your body’s hormonal and neural mechanisms work to adapt vascular tone in response to environmental stimuli. Vasodilators relax the smooth muscle in your arteries to lower blood pressure through a series of hormonal Continue Reading...
  • The Cortisol-Stress Connection
    Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the cortex of the adrenal glands. Cortisol assists you in regulating blood pressure, cardiovascular functions, and your body’s use of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Cortisol is also involved in glucose metabolism, insulin release for blood sugar maintenance, and inflammatory response. Cortisol helps in responding to and coping with stress, trauma and environmental extremes. Continue Reading...
  • The Causes & Symptoms of Stress
    What Is Cortisol? Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal gland similar to estrogen and testosterone. The Stress Response Cortisol is a chemical hormone produced by your body to manage stress. The stress can be physical, mental and emotional. Cortisol continues to be released when the stress continues. Effects of Cortisol Cortisol releases glucose into your bloodstream and Continue Reading...
  • Symptoms of Chronic Stress
    Chronic stress can be caused by illness, anxiety over financial matters, social crises, or emotional instability. Almost anything that causes physical or emotional pain can produce a stress response. If the source of stress is not resolved, chronic stress can result. Chronic stress can cause weight gain, fatigue, muscle weakness and mental exhaustion. Events that Can Cause Chronic Stress Some Continue Reading...