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What Is Cortisol?

Part III: The Science of Cortisol and How You Can Balance It

The Science… or TMI

Hold on to your saddle. This part is scientifically multisyllabic complicated, but worth it. 

There is a connection between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands that forms the backbone of the body’s stress response system called the HPA-axis. The hypothalamus and pituitary are considered master glands; they control all your hormone-producing glands.

This is a cool feedback loop your body performs to regulate cortisol and keep you as balanced as possible, but the issue is, when it constantly tries to regulate high levels of cortisol, it can tax your system and cause many of the symptoms we’ve mentioned above. 

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External environmental stressors occur, triggering the hypothalamus into action.

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The hypothalamus sends Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH) to the pituitary gland as the first step in cortisol release.

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The pituitary gland receives (CRH) and in response, releases Adrenocorticotropic Releasing Hormone (ACTH) to the adrenal glands to signal cortisol release.

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The adrenal glands receive ACTH from the pituitary gland and in response, release cortisol.

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Blood levels of cortisol rise to a certain level, which signals the body to begin blocking the release of CRH from the hypothalamus and ACTH from the pituitary.

How can you start balancing cortisol?

Moving out of a stress-induced, heightened cortisol state into a balanced cortisol state can be achieved. It’s possible to no longer be held back by your body’s shortcomings, and rather, rewire them for optimum levels of performance in every aspect of life.

First off, how’s your sleep?

Sleep is imperative because it involves the fluctuation of and connection between melatonin and cortisol, two hormones directly related to stress and overall bodily health. A good night’s sleep can actually ratchet down cortisol levels and quiet the fight or flight branch of your nervous system.

Most people live with disrupted sleep for a variety of reasons. Whatever it may be, if your body is not getting the proper REM deep sleep it needs, it’s not able to regulate cortisol properly. Rebalance quiets disruption and gets your flow back.

Dream Catcher™ nurtures healthy cortisol, testosterone, and hGH production while you sleep. It also helps your body naturally repair cells and transmitters disrupted throughout the day, ultimately facilitating the body to reduce the negative effects of cortisol. In fact, deep REM sleep is the only time the brain and body can fully cleanse, repair, and restore itself. A healthy level of cortisol from a good night’s sleep means you're setting the next day up for success.

Balanced cortisol all day and evening long.

After a restful sleep from taking Dream Catcher, Energize (taken in the morning) helps your body maintain healthy cortisol levels throughout the day, while giving you the steady energy you need to seize the day head-on. You might be less agitated by the morning commute traffic or less anxious to give that big presentation. Reducing what you normally might consider ‘stressful moments’ creates space for your mojo to come out in full form. 

Taken 12 hours after Energize, Relax continues the cortisol-balancing work Energize has done during the day while helping you to wind down. Whether you want to relax on the couch or hit the gym, Relax helps you take the edge off without losing your mojo.

However you shake it, keeping cortisol operating at optimal levels brings global benefits – and more mojo – to your body. Because cortisol plays such a central role in how other hormones operate, how you treat it (or don’t treat it) can have long-reaching implications for your health.

Curious to measure your mojo and see how your cortisol might be messing with it?

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