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Chapter 2, Why You Should Measure Your Cortisol Levels

“Cortisol is produced from cholesterol through multiple enzymatic steps by specialized cells in the outer portion of the adrenal glands, small triangular-shaped structures situated on top of the kidneys. It’s secreted for at least two reasons: As a basal level it controls numerous homeostatic maintenance functions and keeps the body aligned with our circadian clock – a natural process that regulates our sleep–wake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours. And it serves as a stress response at critical moments when our body perceives the need to respond to danger”.

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