Cortisol; The Good & Bad Stress Hormone

Updated: Mar 26, 2021


Cortisol is the main hormone released during the famous “fight-or-flight” stress response, (I have to survive reflex), without it we would not be able to respond to changes in our environment. Cortisol itself tends to get a bad rap, mainly due to the amount of it get pumped out and the timing in which this happens (too much, too often).

Cortisol is the main hormone released during the famous “fight-or-flight” stress response, (I have to survive reflex), without it we would not be able to respond to changes in our environment. Cortisol itself tends to get a bad rap, mainly due to the amount of it get pumped out and the timing in which this happens (too much, too often).

Cortisol is not evil or bad for us, it is more the timing of its secretions throughout the day and how much is released which is more the main problems. Cortisol in proper level is essential to survive life and is involved in many bodily functions. The secretion of cortisol follows a rhythm, it is typically highest in the morning to wake us up and then decreases at night to allow us to sleep and restore. However, in most of us we are contestant on overdrive, pushing and pumping cortisol all day and even into the night, and like so many other process related to optimal aging, balance is always the key. In proper levels, (and timings) cortisol performs many beneficial functions in the body.

Some of the benefits of proper cortisol levels include:

  • Stabilizing your blood sugar

  • Stimulates the creation of glucose to ensure an adequate fuel supply,