How Cortisol Can Destroy Muscle Collagen and Other Proteins
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Many people can’t seem to absorb enough proteins in their bodies. The underlying causes could be dietary, could be due to a medical condition or just plain not eating enough protein-rich foods. If not, then the culprit could be high cortisol. High levels of the stress hormone block the amino acids from getting to their designated locations for optimal body performance and health. Because of stress, the process is thrown into a series of confusion, affecting the neurotransmitters, hormones, immune system, bones and muscles. These amino acids are then transported to the liver where they’ll be converted to ammonia, carbon and hydrogen ions, leading to inflammations like gout, arthritis, kidney and liver damage. This is why chronic stress can cause atrophy – or the wasting away of the muscles because they’re not getting the right nutrition they need to be in perfect condition. The bones need collagen to remain durable, but with high cortisol, they’re deprived, resulting to bone loss.
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