Do you suffer from stress? Yes! ATP Science has introduced the much awaited and anticipated Cort RX, an adrenal cortex support supplement which helps the body adapt efficiently to external stress, as well as help reduce the severity of internal stressors we experience daily such as: emotional stress, insomnia, pain, fatigue and exercise; all of which can cause a barrier to you achieving weight loss!
These symptoms can result in cortisol resistance, where your body has learnt to release extra cortisol in response to stress and subsequently an exaggerated stress response. Constant excessive exposure leads to cortisol resistance and low levels now fail to register so the body pumps out more and more. This causes a vicious cycle that results in a phase of conservation or adrenal fatigue. Referred to as melancholic depression in literature and responds to serotonin preserving antidepressants.
The conservation phase can also manifest bizarre Cortisol patterns that reflect poor sleeping patterns, slow metabolism and the inability to lose weight. These adaptations tend to affect shift workers, mums, and hospitality and security workers.
Cortisol plays a major part in the bodies defensive systems, where our bodies will act first and think second. When we experience some internal or external stress factors, our bodies automatically thinks we are in danger, therefore releases the chemical Cortisol to our brain to help calm ourselves down. However, once this hormone has been released through the body it then store on our bellies as fat.
NORMAL: In order to achieve a healthier life style and reduce belly fat we need to balance our cortisol levels back to normal. A "normal"cortisol function is how things should be. You wake up feeling bright and refreshed (cortisol spikes) and go to bed feeling tired in order to have a relaxing and refreshing sleep (nice deep cortisol trough)
NORMAL STRESS: In this day and age, certain things might happen during the day that will spike our cortisol levels, as these are simply unavoidable, but our bodies will eventually and naturally fall back into the "normal" rhythm. Cortisol spikes can be affected by a number of reasons such as cardio activities, stimulants, coffee, or as simple as going for a walk.