Cortisol is Known as the "Stress Hormone" and Plays a Pivotal Function in Health, Endocrine Function, Neurotransmitters & Brain Health, and Overall Well-Being.Cortisol is a hormone that is released in response to stress
It is your body's way of preparing you for fight or flight. When cortisol levels are at optimal levels, it can be beneficial to energy levels, alertness and focus. But when cortisol remains elevated over time due to chronic stress, it can lead to reduced cognitive performance and feelings of fatigue, depression and anxiety.
People commonly think of short term stresses, environmental factors, or financial trouble when they think of stress. However, stress can be more or less subtle and trickles all the way down to general inflammation, diet, and lifestyle choices. Understanding how stress, cortisol and it's relatives impact your quality of life is important to maximize your results in and out of the gym.