Stress and Hormones

Stress and Hormones

Stress and Hormones: How are they related?

As we are fully into 2024, let’s talk about how stress and hormones are so intricately related, how stress and hormone imbalance can contribute to weight gain, and of course, explore some solutions to keep your hormone health in check! 

The Stress-Hormone Connection: Cortisol and Weight Gain

Meet cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. When stress levels spike, so does cortisol. This can lead to increased appetite, cravings for sugary and high-fat foods, and the storage of abdominal fat. 

Disrupted Sugar Regulation

Treats and sweets are delightful, but they can also disrupt your body’s sugar regulation. Stress, combined with sugary indulgences, can lead to spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels. This rollercoaster can leave you feeling fatigued, irritable, and more prone to reaching for quick energy fixes—often in the form of more sugary treats. Last week we talked alllll about continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), read more HERE.

What is an Adrenal Mocktail?: A Hormone-Supportive Solution

Now, here’s a fun and healthy solution for you: Adrenal Mocktails! These refreshing beverages are crafted with ingredients that support adrenal health, helping to keep cortisol levels in check and promoting overall hormone balance. Consider including ingredients like adaptogenic herbs, vitamin C-rich fruits, and herbal teas known for their calming properties. Check out more on  adrenal cocktails HERE

Did you know?

Stress also causes a rise in blood sugar. Because of this, our bodies sense danger and prepare us to run because of our natural fight-or-flight response. Regulating your nervous system by avoiding high stress helps with blood sugar stability and will decrease cravings

Tips for Managing Stress and Hormones

  • Mindful Breathing: Incorporate deep breathing exercises to help manage stress and lower cortisol levels. Take a few minutes each day to focus on your breath and find your calm.
  • Balanced Nutrition: Enjoy holiday treats in moderation, and aim for a well-balanced diet rich in nutrient-dense foods. This can help stabilize blood sugar levels and support overall hormone health.
  • Move Your Body: Physical activity is a fantastic stress-buster. Find ways to move your body, whether it’s a brisk walk, a yoga session, or dancing to your favorite holiday tunes.
  • Adrenal Mocktail Recipe: Create your own adrenal mocktail using ingredients like herbal tea, lemon, and a dash of adaptogenic herbs. Experiment and find a combination that suits your taste buds!


By understanding the impact of stress on hormones and weight, and by incorporating hormone-supportive practices, you can navigate any busy season in life with balance and well-being in mind. If you are looking at overcoming chronic stress and it’s many effects, book a free consultation with Alison today!