The Stress and Metabolism Link

Stress, especially prolonged exposure to stress, can seriously affect your metabolism, as well as your overall health and well-being.

There is a hormone in our body called cortisol, which aids in certain body functions. It aids regulation of blood pressure, release of insulin for blood sugar stability, increase of immunity, and proper metabolism of glucose. Small increases of cortisol can be beneficial, resulting in a quick, healthy jolt of energy and immunity, heightened memory, and a higher pain threshold. However, when too much cortisol is released or if it is released too often, it results in the following:

  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Decreased immunity
  • Lower cognitive performance
  • Decrease in bone density
  • Decrease in muscle tissue

Cortisol particularly stimulates amino acid release from your muscles to be converted to glucose that will serve as an energy source for your body to cope with stress. Yes, your hard-earned muscles are at the mercy of cor

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