No bigger than a walnut and weighing less than a grape, each of the two adrenal glands sits like a pyramid, above the kidney ("ad" "renal" means "above", "kidney" ). But do not be fooled by their size, these powerful little endocrine glands manufacture and release of steroid hormones such as cortisol, estrogen and testosterone, which are essential to life, health and vitality. They affect the functioning of all tissues, organs and glands of the body to maintain homeostasis during stress and survive. They also have a significant impact on how they think and feel.
The main purpose of your adrenals is to enable the body cope with stress from all possible sources of injury and illness, work and relationship problems. They largely determine the energy of the body to respond to any changes in the internal and external environment. Is the attack signal, retirement or transfer, each cell responds accordingly, and feel the results. It is by the adrenal hormones that the body is able to mobilize their resources to fight or flee from danger (stress) and survive. The most primitive society, it would be able to quickly flee, fight or pursue the enemy or game, to endure long periods of physical challenge and poverty, and write to physical reserves when they are available. In modern society, the same reactions are caused by such circumstances, difficult boss, air pollution, family quarrels, financial problems, too little sleep (see Conditions of health - sleep disturbance) diseases * (see health conditions - chronic) * abuse or sensitivity to foods (see health conditions - allergies) * or drugs (see Health Conditions - Alcoholism and Addiction) .* If the adrenal is low, as is adrenal fatigue, the body has trouble responding to an adequate adaptation to these stresses .* This can lead to various problems of physical and mental, which are themselves an additional source of stress .*
It also works to keep the adrenal glands in response to stress balance, so they are appropriate and safe. For example, the protective effect of anti-inflammatory hormones and anti-adrenals such as cortisol helps to minimize negative reactions and allergic reactions (such as swelling and inflammation) to alcohol, drugs, food the environmental allergens, cancer, infections and autoimmune diseases. These hormones closely affect the utilization of carbohydrates and fats, processed fats and proteins into energy, the distribution of stored fat regulation (especially around the waist and side of face), normal blood sugar in the blood and the proper functioning of the digestive and circulatory system. Since mid-life (menopause in women), the adrenal glands gradually become the main source of sex hormones circulating in the body in men and women. These hormones themselves a lot of physical, emotional and psychological level of sex drive tend to gain weight. Every athlete knows that steroids (adrenal hormones) affect muscular strength and endurance.
Even the propensity to develop certain diseases and the ability to respond to chronic diseases affecting the adrenal glands .* significantly more chronic diseases becomes more critical the adrenal response. Can not live without your adrenal hormones, and as you can see in this brief review of well-being depends very much on how the functioning of the adrenal glands.