It is just after 9:00 on a mid-June morning, and it is already pushing 40 degrees Celsius outside my office door. For those readers who still follow the imperial temperature readings, that translates to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. That also translates to SCORCHER, and we haven't even reached the high temperature for the day. As I came in from a very short walk with my dogs this morning I saw their big pink tongues lollygagging out of the side of their mouths as they headed straight for their water bowl to take a big long drink to cool off and rehydrate. I did the same - except I opted for a glass of mineral water with a squeeze of fresh lemon instead of their slobbery dog bowl. This was instant inspiration for me to write about the importance of hydration on hot summery days (and every day).
When I was a kid I despised cauliflower. My mom didn't make it often but, when she did, I tried every strategy a kid could to get out of eating it, mostly making the most horrible gagging sound at the table to make my parents think I was going to throw up. I had strict parents. They saw right through it. So I choked it down.
Maybe it's just because I work in a bubble of holistic health and help clients overcome stress-related health issues for a living, but I have noticed more and more articles and references to cortisol coming up in the media lately. Recently, while waiting in line for my tea at a local cafe, I overheard random conversation in which one woman was telling her friend that she has been super stressed out and read somewhere that she should do a detox on the adrenal glands to help relax them so she can have lower cortisol levels. Yikes! I wish I knew where she got that information (please don't ever do or try to detox your adrenal glands!). The recurring theme that I have noticed is that cortisol is "bad" and that we need to work at bringing it down as much as we can in order to avoid burnout.
Today, I want to set the record straight on cortisol.
Jill Taylor is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of two pretty awesome teenagers, s very dramatic dog, a hedgehog and a snake (yikes!). Jill assists her clients in achieving true wellness through thoughtful and compassionate dietary and lifestyle coaching. Feel free to visit the "Contact" page to get in touch. Jill would love to hear from you!