We have all heard of a “fight or flight” response in relation to harmful or stressful events, that moment when our hands start to tremble, go numb and our heart rates skyrocket. This feeling is actually caused primarily by a hormone in our bodies called cortisol.
Cortisol is a “steroid hormone made by your adrenal glands,” (1) also referred to as the stress hormone. In addition to stress, it plays a role in regulating sleep cycles, reducing inflammation, regulating blood sugar, controlling blood pressure, and managing how the body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and controlling blood pressure, according to the Cleveland Clinic (2).
While cortisol is essential for our bodies to function, too much stress can lead to too much production which can eventually lead to a myriad of health problems. Too much cortisol causes an increase in blood sugar, which ultimately causes rapid weight gain due to a surplus of glucose, especially in the stomach area. Other negative effects include digestive problems, sleep deprivation, improper brain function, and adrenal fatigue (3)
There are many natural ways to lower cortisol levels, predominately with methods of lowering stress like practicing relaxation techniques, taking up a hobby, building good relationships, exercising, getting enough sleep and, our favorite, eating a balanced diet. (4)
Healthline notes that “research has shown a strong relationship between a healthy gut microbiome…and improved mental health” (5) Nuts and seeds are a great option for managing cortisol levels because they help balance blood sugar (3)
Additionally, evidence has shown that “many seeds are good sources of magnesium and help with emotional regulation” and also “nuts…contain omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart and brain health, reduce inflammation, and help combat stress.” (6)
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