I was working out on my treadmill the other nite and as I was
clicking thru different cable stations there was an infomercial
about a cortisol blocker to prevent weight gain to the stomach
and hip area. They say if cortisol is suppressed weight loss
occurs. Here we go again another miraculous weight loss solution
in a pill. So I decided to write a little bit about this so
called “stress hormone”.
I would say before starting to alter anyone of your hormones you
should get a hormone analysis to keep yourself balanced and in
harmony. It could affect your immune system and throw you out of
Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is made in the adrenal glands
which are basically right along side the kidneys. When you become
stressed this hormone is released. So yes when working out you
could be releasing cortisol into your bloodstream.
What most people do not understand is that it is also necessary
for the proper function of almost every part of the body. So why
on earth would we go to such extremes to suppress it?
It is actually synthesized from cholesterol and thru different
cellular functions has a direct effect on the immune system,
glucose regulation, and vascular fitness. I don’t know about you
but this seems to play an important part in our bodies.
So I don’t know if you can say that this hormone is responsible
for weight gain, over all the other factors that lead up to
adding and putting on excess weight.
Taking a corti-blocker pill is like taking an aspirin for a brain
tumor, it is a temporary solution for a permanent and deep rooted
conditon. It all goes back to treating the symptom and not the
disease. There are other ways that you can help eliminate stress
and maintain cortisol levels.
Green tea, Valerian root, chromium, and vanadium, are some of the
natural ways to help reduce the effects of stress and can keep
cortisol levels in a normal range. Also I would invest in a
vitamin B complex formula, preferably sub-lingual.
The bottom line is there is no “Magic Pill” I am sorry to say.
Please save your hard earned money. The best approach to weight
management is an overall healthy lifestyle. That includes eating,
exercise, and rest.
If you have a hormone imbalance you should consult with your
physician to implement a strategy that will work with your