Have you ever wondered what would be the best time to exercise in order to burn fat or build muscle? Do you feel that despite going to the gym you are not losing weight or building muscle as easy as before? Our home cortisol testing kit can be the solution you are looking for.
With a simple saliva test you can now find out what is the best time for your body to burn fat and build muscle.
Cortisol is a fat storing hormone(1). Hard exercise, especially weight lifting, raises this hormone levels, therefore it is extremely important to know if you have an excess cortisol at a particular time of the day because if you exercise at a time where your cortisol levels are above normal it will make it harder to burn fat or build muscle. When weight loss is your goal, the best times to exercise are either when cortisol is normal or below normal. This hormone also plays a key role in other functions, including how your body breaks down carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. And for body builders, it releases growth hormone antagonists making it harder to build muscle.
Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands — two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys. This hormone plays many important biological functions in the body. It is extremely important to evaluate cortisol levels because of the role it plays in the metabolism and utilization of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, the body’s ability to respond to psychological and physiological stress, and the control of inflammation and proper blood sugar levels. Other biological functions dependent on healthy cortisol levels include maintenance of proper blood pressure, optimal nerve and brain activity and normal heart and immune functions. This hormone is also an “Alfa” hormone and it affects virtually every other hormone in the body.
As a stress hormone, your ability to handle stress is directly related to your cortisol levels. An excess cortisol level may cause a person to over react to stressful situations.
This hormone has an effect on energy levels. People that feel low energy always at a particular time of the day may have below normal cortisol levels at that time, although that are various other reasons for low energy or fatigue low cortisol levels are one of the possibilities.
Sleep issues have many causes and often it is a combination of factors. This hormone may also affect the ability of someone to fall sleep. A higher than normal cortisol level before bed time may make it harder to someone to fall asleep.