April is National Stress Awareness month. I can’t say I know anyone who doesn’t encounter at least one stressor on a daily basis, whether it is work, home or school related. Cortisol is a hormone our bodies naturally produce to help fight the adrenal fatigue that occurs when we are faced with either emotional or physical stress. As we age our bodies sometimes do not produce the amount of Cortisol necessary, which is what leads to adrenal fatigue. Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue are the inability to bounce back from stressful situations, a small amount of stress sending you over the edge, muscle and or joint pain, recurrent infections, allergies, anxiety or panic attacks, depression, low blood sugar and or blood pressure, and chronic fatigue.
According to an article from the cortisol connection, “Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the cortex of the adrenal glands. Cortisol assists you in regulating blood pressure, cardiovascular functions, and your body’s use of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Cortisol is also involved in glucose metabolism, insulin release for blood sugar maintenance, and inflammatory response. Cortisol helps in responding to and coping with stress, trauma and environmental extremes. Normal levels of cortisol increases energy and metabolism and helps regulate blood pressure. Cortisol also enhances the integrity of blood vessels and reduces allergic and inflammatory responses.
To recognize National Stress Awareness month beginning April 1 through 30, we will be offering $5 off any one Cortisol prescription filled at Hotze Pharmacy, just mention the coupon code “Stress” when placing your orders via phone or online. Physician’s Preference will also be holding a series of classes, which will teach you how to better deal with stress, and reduce stress in your life. We hope everyone has a stress-free month!