Disease is sent to us to hasten our evolution.
Could we but listen, we could live disease free.
~ Dr. Edward Bach
  

Adrenal Glands (top of kidney) - take licorice tea. Enzymes for digestion.

Adrenal Gland and Hormone Action

An important function of the adrenal glands is to help the body handle stress. The body's metabolic response to stress triggers the production of adrenal hormones. In order to prepare the body to handle physical, emotional or mental stress:

  • Adrenal hormones speed up the metabolism rate in order to assist the body in coping with stress
  • Adrenal hormones pump more blood to the muscles and brain, making the heart beat faster.
  • Adrenal hormones increase respiration and blood pressure for extra energy.
  • Adrenal hormones increase the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates and fats resulting in more energy for the body to utilize.
  • Adrenal hormones activate blood clotting mechanisms to prepare for possible physical injury.

    This adrenal action is called the "fight or flight" response which is the body's reaction to deal with danger by either staying and fighting or running away.

    Once the stress is over, the process quiets down and the adrenals function normally again. Stress factors like anxiety, fear, overwork, chemical additives and preservatives in the diet, lack of sleep, exposure to environmental toxins and over-indulgence of alcohol, caffeine, drugs and smoking can cause adrenal exhaustion.

    When stress continues over prolonged periods of time, the adrenal glands use up the body's energy and nutrient reserves and may shrink in size. Overproduction of adrenal hormones caused by prolonged stress can weaken the immune system and inhibit the production of white blood cells that protect the body against foreign invasions. Adrenal exhaustion can manifest itself in chronic fatigue and illness, often the result of nutrient deficiencies caused by continued stress.

    Stress management is vital during this stage. A well-balanced diet, vitamin and herbal support, exercise and relaxation techniques, all play an important role in maintaining proper functioning of the adrenal glands.



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