This “stress hormone” is essential for energy and health, but when it’s out of balance, you are, too. Learn how to manage cortisol to keep inflammation, cravings, and belly fat at bay.
Cortisol has a bad reputation.
Commonly known as the “stress hormone,” it’s produced, in part, by the adrenal glands when we’re under pressure and perceive a threat. The pituitary gland determines how much hormone the adrenals should release to help us fight or flee.
I bet I'm not alone in harboring mixed feelings as the holidays approach. On the one hand it's such a special time, steeped in family nostalgia and brimming with expressive potential.
On the other hand (and that other hand always seems to be the buzz-kill, am I right?), let's be honest: the holidays are often a holly-trimmed hotbed of stress. In trying to make sure our holidays actually fulfill all that expressive potential, we can whip ourselves into a frenzy of sky-high expectations, "must do"s, and short fuses. And that makes for a brain-drain gift we do NOT want to be giving children!
Q. You’re not the usual OB/GYN, yet you were educated at MIT, Harvard Medical School, and are a board-certified gynecologist. What made you go rogue?
A. It’s in my genes to go rogue – my great-grandmother was a radical whole foodist and yogini, decades before there was a yoga studio on every street corner. She would show up at our home in Annapolis, Maryland, not with gum or Barbies like my friend’s grandmothers, but with kale and carob/wheatberry cookies. She drank hot water with lemon and extolled the virtues of fish oil to me at the breakfast table, when I was… 5. But it wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I understood her legacy.
I have been giving a weekly massage to a wonderful elderly woman, Marie, for many years. She’s a petit spitfire... View Article