Conquering Cortisol

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Ever wake up around 3am for no reason? No appetite in the morning? Do you drink coffee before eating and later feel restless and search the pantry for sweets? Your stress hormones may be running the show. Pull up a chair and let’s chat about it – I stumbled upon some eye-opening facts that I just had to share with you so we can lower cortisol naturally.

From those restless nights to that undeniable sweet tooth, it’s a sneaky one. But I don’t want to paint cortisol as the bad guy. Believe it or not, this hormone plays some key roles in keeping us on track.

First off, cortisol is like our body’s built-in alarm system. It helps regulate our circadian rhythm, ensuring we’re awake when we need to be and winding down when it’s time to rest.

Then there’s its role in giving us that final push to meet deadlines. You know the drill: that project is due tomorrow, and suddenly, you’re a productivity powerhouse. Cortisol is working its magic, lighting a fire to get it done.

Cortisol also steps in during emergencies, boosting our fight-or-flight response. This heightens our senses, readies our muscles, and preps us to face challenges head-on – hello to cortisols bestie, adrenaline. Note – we can be in fight or flight for too long, and tax our nervous system.

And it actually helps keep our immune system in check and regulates how our body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. So, yeah, cortisol is kind of a big deal.

But when elevated for too long, it can dominate our lives and have a negative ripple effect on our gut, hormone and more. Let’s dive into the 10 signs that indicate your cortisol might be calling the shots a bit too often:

10 Signs Your Cortisol Might Be Calling the Shots

  1. Weight Gain: Noticed any unwanted padding around your belly or face?
  2. Fatigue & Sleep Troubles: Feeling like a zombie, even after a full night’s sleep?
  3. Sick More Often: Catching colds like they’re going out of style with a longer recovery?
  4. Mood Rollercoaster: Finding yourself a bit more ‘snappy’, irritable or anxious?
  5. Skin & Hair Woes: Battling breakouts or lackluster or thinning locks?
  6. Muscle Weakness: Do your muscles feel like they’ve run a marathon, even on mellow days?
  7. Reproductive Health Quirks: Low sex drive and irregular periods, exaggerated PMS?
  8. Metabolic Mayhem: Craving all things sweet and not-so-nutritious?
  9. Foggy Brain: Struggling to stay sharp and focused, blaming “mom brain”?
  10. Altered Eating Habits: Finding comfort after a stressful day in the cookie jar a bit too often?

Any of these sound familiar? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, and more importantly, there’s plenty you can do to get back in the driver’s seat.

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Four Simple Ways to Keep Cortisol in Check:

+ Move your body: Exercise, or take a 20-30 min walk – it can help reduce stress and burn off excess cortisol.

+ Consider Probiotics: Specific strains can help lower elevated cortisol (and aid with stress response too!) I can share the ones we use, let me know if you want probiotic info in the comments!

+ Prioritize Sleep: Aim for 7-8 hours of good sleep. Simple sleep hygiene tips (I have a free guide for you on this) to help wind down faster & easier.

+ Eat Protein-Rich Breakfast: Before your morning coffee. Stop adrenaline & cortisol from running the show. Our mornings impact our entire day and this is a simple change that can make a major difference.

And hey, if you’re curious about diving deeper into this, I’ve got just the thing for you – my free guide! It’s brimming with tips and tricks to help you manage your stress, balance your hormones and keep your cortisol levels happy. Just click here to join my email list and grab your copy!

Ready for a Change?

If you’re nodding along, thinking, “Yes, that’s me!” and you’re ready to tackle those moody, roller coaster cortisol levels head-on, let’s chat about the Happy Mind Pack. This gem is all about reducing stress, lowering cortisol naturally, and boosting your mental health (think anxiety, overwhelm, moodiness and irritability. And all of these supplements are backed by clinical studies + a money back guarantee, no doubt you will feel a change – these helped me take back control of my days.

Here’s what it can do for you:

  • Improved Daily Energy: Feel more steady energy and less drained, making daily tasks more manageable.
  • Enhanced Mood Stability: Experience fewer mood swings, reduced feelings of overwhelm, stress and irritability.
  • Better Sleep Quality: Enjoy deeper, more restful sleep, waking up refreshed and ready to tackle the day’s challenges with a clear mind.
  • Increased Mental Clarity: Conquer that to-do list, juggle schedules and power through commitments with resilience and a clear mind.
  • Enhanced Stress Resilience: Handle daily stressors more effectively, improving overall family dynamics.
  • Boosted Immune Function: Because who has time to be sick? A stronger immune system is vital for busy moms and families.

As a mom and a mentor, I know how vital it is to lower cortisol naturally to feel your best, not just for you and your health, but for your family too. Nothing changes if nothing changes. Address elevated stress hormones in a way that is empowering you, you can feel better & handle stress better, let’s get started.

Grab this pack here, you’ll get $10 off + a Free 3-day gentle gut reset called Reboot.

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  1. Emily says:

    What is your good cortisol lowering probiotic?

    • McKenzie says:

      we take this pack with Mentabiotics, the specifically paired prebiotics, probiotic and phytobiotics strains help lower cortisol and inflammation and boost serotonin & dopamine. I can link here, but also check out my Amare page for a few faves and more details on it too! https://amare.com/g10/157883/p/hjp

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