Stress: Good or Bad for Your Body?

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Cortisol is a powerful hormone produced in the adrenal glands positioned on top of the kidneys. Known as the “stress hormone,” its primary role is to mobilize your body’s nutritional resources in stressful situations. In conjunction with the release of epinephrine, cortisol serves as part of the “fight or flight” response where its role is to mobilize stored carbohydrates, catabolize proteins into glucose and mobilize stored fats. These nutrients, in turn, are used to allow the body to deal with the stressor, whether it is an important meeting or a saber-tooth tiger. Therefore, in short bursts, elevated cortisol is good…

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