Cortisol affects metabolic function. The chemical response to stress, Cortisol, tells the body to consume more calories (especially high carbohydrate foods), and to store those calories. The body’s natural response is to save calories in times of stress so that incase the stress continues or recurs we will have the fuel we need. The body does this by lowering the metabolic rate. This effect is that under stress, the body will burn fewer calories.
High levels of cortisol trigger an enzyme called HSD, which actually reactivates inactive cortisol, causing fat cells to store increasing numbers of calories.
In addition to managing our stress with hypnosis, HSD can be down-regulated by flavenoids. Flavenoids are plentiful in vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables such as berries, citrus, leafy greens and also in dark chocolate and red wine. Flavenoids can counteract and reduce the impact of cortisol, while also increasing metabolism. I like the dark chocolate in IsaDelights by Isagenix as they also have amino acids. If interested you can read about them or order them at www.sethdeborahroth.isagenix.com. Post Hypnosis Cortisol levels have been measured and they are lower.
However, one must consider that cortisol alone makes up only half the equation. The other half is testosterone. There is a balance between cortisol and testosterone that accounts for much of the negative effect of stress on our body.. This is true both for men and women. The balance of cortisol and testosterone is essential for managing depression, fatigue and mental function. You might ask how is this done. The answer is with exercise and sleep, where we as hypnotists can help with both. We can help to motivate exercise and heal issues that are keeping our clients awake.