The Adrenal Glands are about 3-4 inch sized organs which sit above your kidneys. These glands are a part of the endocrine system, also known as the suprarenal glands. They are involved in producing approximately 50 Life Essential Hormones.
Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted directly into the blood, which carries them to organs and tissues of the body to exert their functions. There are many types of hormones that act on different aspects of bodily functions and processes either directly or indirectly. Hormones are used to communicate between organs and tissues for physiological regulation and behavioral activities, such as digestion, metabolism, respiration, tissue function, sensory perception, sleep, excretion, lactation, stress, growth and development, movement, reproduction, and mood. Mineralocorticoidsare hormones maintain healthy blood pressure and regulate salt and water. But all this is beside the point for the time being.
Now the adrenal glands work closely with the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland in a system known as the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA-axis). They react to each other as well as respond to conditions and functions in the body in an intricate and highly sensitive balancing act. Adrenals also play a big role in Stress response. How it works is, your brain registers a threat physically, mentally, or emotionally. Immediately after this, the adrenals medulla releases adrenaline hormones to help your reaction to the threat. Blood rushes to your muscles, brain, and heart. After this process the adrenal cortex then releases corticosteroids to slow down processes like digestion, immune system response, as well as other unnecessary for immediate survival bodily functions.
What Is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue or hypoadrenia are terms used in alternative medicine to describe the unscientific belief that the adrenal glands are exhausted and unable to produce adequate quantities of hormones, primarily the glucocorticoid cortisol, due to chronic stress or infections. (Note: Stress whether it be acute, prolonged, or chronic, is thought to be the leading cause of adrenal fatigue.)
Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue
How To Help/Heal Adrenal Fatigue
Foods To Avoid If You Can
What Foods To Include In Your Diet
(These Foods Are Nutrient-Dense, Very Low in Sugar, And Have Healthy Fiber & Fat)
Supplemental Adrenal Boosting Nutrients
(Taking These Supplements In Wholefoods Form Could Improve Your Symptoms)