Cortisol, also known as the "stress hormone" is a steroid that is released by our adrenal cortex. Stress and anxiety contribute to the release of this hormone. It has since been also linked to a contributing factor of fat storage in the abdominal region. Like in nature, there needs to be homeostasis or balance between the hormones in our bodies. Too much cortisol can result in a number of problems within our body, but not enough or a resistance to cortisol can also lead to serious problems, aside from the known associated problems with leading to Metabolic Syndrome.