Cortisol is a life sustaining adrenal hormone essential to the maintenance of homeostasis. Called “the stress hormone,” cortisol influences, regulates or modulates many of the changes that occur in the body during it’s response to stress including; and not limited to:
Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrate metabolism to maintain blood glucose
Heart and Blood Vessel tone and contraction
Central Nervous System activation
Cortisol levels fluctuate throughout the day and night in a circadian rhythm that peaks at 8 am and reaches its lowest levels at 4 a.m. So staying low stress keeps your rhythm in balance and is best for your weight loss or muscle gain transformation. Lower cortisol levels also can keep you from experiencing fatigue.
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