High Cortisol Level Effects
Your adrenals manufacture adrenaline and cortisol. After going through high-stress periods we all end up with high cortisol levels. Your pituitary gland is supposed to neutralize the adrenal hormones, but with the excessive stress of a traumatizing event, the high cortisol levels persist. The good news is that Cortisol-Ease will bring the cortisol level back to normal.
The ongoing effects of traumatization creates a nightmare existence for you, an emotional haze that is "not in your head", it is permeating your entire emotional structure.
When we feel threatened and unsafe, our cortisol is the first hormone to rise in our blood stream. If we anticipate physical action, we also get adrenaline. When the source of anxiety is gone, these hormones are supposed to be re-absorbed. Cortisol-Ease accelerates this process, when your body is failing to do it on its own.
Stage One is the reaction to a threat: danger, heat, cold, irritation, infection, violence, insecurity (financial, emotional, physical), whether it is real or imagined. Your endocrine system kicks in and cortisol level goes up. Your heart beats faster, your blood pressure rises and your pupils dilate.
Stage Two is adaptation to living with chronic, repeated, unrelieved stress. The stress source could be your job, your spouse, your children, or whatever is stressing you. The classic nightmare scenario has you growing up in a dysfunctional family with no sense of safety, feeling vulnerable and with continuously high cortisol levels in your bloodstream. Your adrenal glands have enlarged in response to be able to release large quantities of adrenal cortical hormones. You are able to function, but eventually, your chronic stress catches up with you and you crash into the last stage.
Stage Three is exhaustion with a the "cascade effect" of symptoms. Your reserves are depleted, your resilience is down, your chronic stress depleted your mineral reserves. You can expect a physical collapse, an emotional breakdown, physical dysfunction and eventual organ or body system failure, including heart attack or stroke. Many people trapped in the emotional nightmare of high cortisol seek mood altering or controlling drugs to get some peace, ending up addicted to either street drugs or to opioid pharmaceuticals. This cycle can be stopped.
Causes of High Cortisol Levels
Every human responds to stress differently. Either chronic stress or sudden trauma can trigger the high cortisol levels. Your reaction depends on your ability to cope with the situation.
Cortisol has a role in regulating blood sugar, energy production, inflammation, supporting the immune system and in healing.
Common triggers include lack of sleep, a demanding boss, threat of losing your job, relationship trouble, divorce, conflicts with neighbors, death or illness in your family, caring for a sick person, dieting, moving, caught in traffic jam, etc. - essentially your basic city life.
You can dramatically escalate this problem for people who were raped, sexually abused, robbed, beaten, or went on patrols in enemy territory. Events from the past can resurface and send your cortisol levels through the roof (so to speak).
The stress from our environment, EMF and noise pollution, psychological and nutritional stress play a part in this as well. Cortisol blocks your healing and restoration of damaged tissues. Under stress, your immune system becomes suppressed, digestion and assimilation are inhibited, your stomach lining becomes thin and ulcerated, your thymus gland shrinks and your lymphatic system fills with toxins.
Symptoms of High Cortisol
You may be experiencing on or more of these issues:
Belly Fat: with high cortisol the abdominal fat is thickest and hardest to get rid by dieting.
Drug Addictions: stuff you use to "take the edge off" may cut the sense of being threatened, anxious, unsafe or unprotected. Drugs dull these feelings but then you"re caught in addiction.
Food Intolerance: unable to eat grains, milk, nightshades, shrimp, peanuts etc. and chronic gastrointestinal difficulties including diarrhea, constipation, or both.
Anxiety: constant feeling of threat, being jumpy, nervous, fearful, tense. Tension can be felt in the neck, shoulders or anywhere else in our body where we "store it." Unable to relax, to feel calm, at peace and a deep sense of quiet inside ourselves, there is this sense of being "on edge" is always in the background "noise" of our lives.
Bone decalcification: with compromised adrenals you get insufficient DHEA, and not enough repair time, thinning your bones, shrinking your spinal column and making you shorter.
Intestinal Problems: high stress can devolve into chronic bowel irritation, diverticula inflammation, or frequent painful elimination episodes. Your gut can"t absorb nutrients and you become deficient in minerals and some vitamins. "Leaky gut" syndrome is a part of it.
Sleep Disturbance: you no longer dream, or you don't remember your dreams. High cortisol levels at night prevent dreaming, or if you dream, you get nightmares that focus on anxiety, violence, vulnerability and danger.
Energy Crash: especially in mid-afternoon, needing to sleep. Not able to keep eyes open during after-lunch meetings. Needing to sleep more than 10 hours every day. Chronic stress/high cortisol antagonizes insulin and will cause functional insulin resistance and eventual pancreatic exhaustion. Your body stores energy fast, especially from carbohydrates. You gain weight.
Exercise Addiction: exercise can burn off cortisol. If you "have to" do five miles a day run, you are addicted.
Healing Speed: slow healing from cuts or insect bites, your cold or flu lasts long time and it takes you a long time to feel normal again.
Irritability: you are too fast to respond in anger, rage or short temper to the situation. Your emotions cloud your judgment and mental ability to look beyond the moment. Road rage is easily possible.
Inflammation: aching joints, arthritis are the outcome of cortisol cascade.
Brain Fog: forgetful, can't recall names, nouns. You may think you have Alzheimer's, but you don't. It is insulin that is blocking sufficient glucose availability for your brain.
Noise Intolerance: noises irritate you.
Odor Intolerance, Chemical Sensitivity: perfumes give you headaches, cigarette smoke irritates you, avoid hospitals because of the sanitizing odors, gasoline smell or dryer sheets trigger a headache-migraine.
Chronic Inflammation: All histamine mediated stress reactions such as those that produce headaches, back pain, dizziness, soft tissue pain, chronic fatigue or tiredness, inflamed painful joints, menstrual irregularities, overall weakness, loss of nerve control, balance, muscle tone and other inflammatory conditions are producing high cortisol levels and/or adrenal exhaustion.