Feeling fat, sick or tired? Address stress.
Our main stress hormone is Cortisol. Cortisol is good for us in the short term and bad for us in the long-term.
SHORT TERM EFFECTS OF CORTISOL:
b. Regulates metabolism
c. Regulates blood pressure
d. Regulates blood glucose levels
This is why in times of short term stress, as a deadline or a speech approaches for instance, we can often feel pumped and energised.
LONG TERM EFFECTS OF CORTISOL:
a. Inflammatory, producing oxidative stress
b. Increases blood glucose levels through inhibiting glucose uptake and stimulating new glucose to be pushed into the bloodstream