Cortisol

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According to medicinenet.com, Cortisol is “A metabolite of the primary stress hormone cortisone. Cortisol is an essential factor in the proper metabolism of starches, and it is the major natural glucocorticoid (GC) in humans.”1

According to a Psychology Today article, Cortisol is “public health enemy number one. Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels: interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease… The list goes on and on.”2

See the PDF below for more on how cortisol and stress impact the developing brain:

http://developingchild.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2005/05/Stress_Disrupts_Architecture_Developing_Brain-1.pdf

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Notes

  1. https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2850
  2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201301/cortisol-why-the-stress-hormone-is-public-enemy-no-1
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