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What are the adrenal glands?
There are two glands – called the ADRENAL glands. Located on top of your kidneys,
The adrenal glands are involved in a number
of functions in the body. They are involved in pulmonary function, blood
sugar metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism,
central nervous system processes, cardiovascular
production, gastrointestinal function, and liver
The adrenal glands play an important
role in helping the body respond appropriately
to changes caused by stress and the different
emotions involved in survival. If you were
being chased by a lion, you would have high
blood pressure, relaxed lungs to absorb oxygen
for your flight. Your mind would need to be super
alert, your digestion and sex organs would turn
off so your muscles would receive most of the
How do they
The adrenal glands produce hormones in a
complex symphony that is orchestrated by two
structures in the brain called the hypothalamus
and the pituitary gland.
The adrenal glands via
these hormones control many functions from
anti-inflammatory (ridding the body of pain and
swelling) and immune system protection to
balancing fluid and salt levels and controlling
minerals (such as potassium), rapid heart rate,
regulating blood pressure, and sleep and
awake cycles. They even act as the back up
organs producing estrogen during and after menopause.
When there is stress,
these glands counter the stress by the production of several
hormones. The adrenals don't know
the difference between physical and mental
stress, they treat both with the same stress
hormones. Every type of stress
influences these glands - injury, infection,
divorce, finances, job-related stress, irritable
people, drugs and medications, surgery, pain,
illness, poison ivy, extreme cold or heat,
giving birth, menstrual cycle, staring at computer monitors, eating junk foods, starvation
diets, etc. etc. etc. Emotional stress can
actually is 1000X more than other forms of
When stress and poor nutrition lead to
altered hormone levels, imbalance in endocrine
function can lead to substantial fatigue.
When you experience stress of any kind, the adrenals start pumping adrenaline,
cortisol and other adrenal hormones. These hormones get the blood flowing to the heart and muscles and at the same time pull the blood away from your digestion. They also stimulate the nervous system to speed up the heart rate. They prepare your body for stress.
This is the "fight or flight
mechanism". You're body is preparing
to fight a survival opponent or take flight in
the fastest way possible.
As you push your body over the years coping with stress, living on caffeine, nicotine, sugar and alcohol with little sleep, the adrenals eventually become
exhausted. In this state, the adrenals don’t produce like they used
When the stress goes on
too long or the body is exposed to excess shock
and stress you
lose the ability to adapt to the stress, or the body
stays in this stress mode when no stress is present
(yes, some people call that anxiety as they
can't locate the reason they are
The adrenal glands will
also cause fat to accumulate in the belly as a
survival protection mechanism in attempts to
store future energy (fat) for the vital
Things that effect and stress your Adrenal
||Vitamin B & C
||Too much caffeine
||Over consumption of sugar
Do you experience too much stress? Both physical stress and mental stress. If you do, this might be of interest to you.
If you have symptoms such as tiredness,
fearfulness, allergies, frequent influenza,
arthritis, anxiety, depression, reduced memory
and difficulties in concentrating, insomnia,
worn-out, inability to loose weight after
extensive efforts, you may be suffering from
adrenal fatigue (technically known as
Understanding what the
adrenal glands do, you can then understand why
the following symptoms can occur:
Tendency to gain weight and unable to lose it
This shows up with
fat around the middle and is sometimes referred to as a pendulous
abdomen. It is sagging and hanging. You
will also have thin legs and buttocks.
Cortisol is a hormone that is activated by
stress. When the body is stressed, the adrenals pump out
cortisol. When this goes on continuously, this
cortisol makes you gain weight around the organs
and the abdomen where the organs are
The adrenal hormone will
activate fat being stored. It will store fat
around the midsection - where the major organs
are - so that the internal organs have a supply
of energy - fat.. The adrenals are working on
survival of the organism. This type of fat is
called visceral fat or organ fat.
When adrenals are
overactive and store the belly fat it is
cummulative. . Cortisol is lowest at age 18 and
is its highest at 50. Thus, you will gain
weight as you age. The body tends to fill up
with stress and you build up stress and
Moodiness and irritability
Anxiety (worry), frequent feelings of stress;
Difficulty handling stress
Compulsive thinking and intolerance of
incompetent people, no patience with others,
Constant thinking about your
survival (worry or just computing what might
All the itises (arthritis, tendonitis, etc) as
the anti-inflammatory is gone
Inflammation or pain in the joints, back and
Low energy - weakness, fatigue
Restless Leg Syndrome
Blood sugar problems
Feel better suddenly after a meal
Difficulty getting out of bed, lack of energy which returns from 3-5 PM
Need for mid-afternoon naps
Need for caffeine or stimulants to get going
Salt cravings, fat cravings and cravings for high protein foods such as
cheese and meat.
Reduced sex drive
Tendency to tremble under pressure
Out of breath when going up stairs
High or low blood pressure
Tendency to get the flu
Pain in the upper back and neck for no reason
Lightheadedness when rising from a lying down position
Unable to remember things
Sugar cravings late afternoon and evenings
Overactive immune system - allergies, chemical
symptoms of adrenal insufficiency:
You may also have:
High Cholesterol -
cholesterol is needed to make adrenal
hormone which the body will be trying to do
when the adrenals are tired. The body will make
cholesterol if it doesn't have enough.
Poor wound healing
Low Vitamin D levels
Facial hair on women
Sparse hair on forearms and lower legs
Atrophy of breasts
Tightness in chest or chest pains
Food or inhalant allergies
Dry and thinning skin
Acne or poor skin
White or discolored patches on skin
Reddish purple stretch marks on the stomach,
thighs, buttocks, arms and breasts.
Round or moon face
Puffy face and eyes
Dark cycles around eyes
Lax ligaments - weak ankles and knees
Weak or brittle bones (due to a loss of calcium
Buffalo hump (fat pad) at the upper back, lower
Low body temperature
Unexplained hair loss
Alternating constipation and diarrhea
Edema, especially in the ankles
Legs feel heavy especially when exercising
If you have many of these signs and symptoms,
it is time you consider adrenal fatigue
as a possible cause once you have ruled out
other possible disease. None of the signs or
symptoms by itself can definitively diagnose
adrenal fatigue However, it is definitely
something you'll want to consider. It
is very often misdiagnosed.
When the adrenals are
exhausted, they may not show up in conventional
medical tests as the the symptoms you are
experiencing are early symptoms and it is not enough to be detected.
sub-clinical. The adrenals have to be 9/10s unresponsive
for it to show up in a blood test. In other
words, 80-90% of the adrenal needs to be not
working well in order for a blood test to show that
there is a problem.
When supporting the adrenals, it’s important to get off stimulants like
Vitamin C gives the adrenals what
they need to become strong again. getting
Vitamin C in food – leafy greens and other vegetables.
It is important to get enough sleep while
taking supplements to
support the adrenal glands. Get enough sleep and don't over do
exercise. You want to be nice to your body
while you build up the adrenal glands. Remember the
purpose of these glands is countering stress so
don't over due the physical stress by not
getting enough sleep or going to the gym
everyday. Walking is the best exercise
while you build up the adrenal glands. And
walking even lowers cholesterol.
What can you do
right now to help your adrenals?
1) Add mineralized salt to your diet
2) Vitamin C
3) Acupressure - to
relax the body and help the adrenal glands
What can you do to
repair the adrenals?
4) Adrenal Fatigue Formula - to help repair and
build up your adrenals and the hormonal
What Do You take?
Mineralized Salt - you need the salt. The adrenals monitor the mineral content in the body and too much potassium can become a problem. Thus adding Sea Salt is
important, it will help while you build your
adrenals. You can find some at your local health food store.
Testimonial: This is Chris from McVitamins.com. I've had a long term adrenal problem which started when I was 12 years old and had Rheumatic Fever. The doctors at that time prescribed cortisone for the inflammation. They may have thought they were saving my life, but the bypass of the adrenal glands became a problem. Adrenal glands get lazy when you artificially add of their hormones to the body (as do all of the glands) and you wind up with less then perfect glands. I've
needed to supplement my adrenal glands. Then I found the information about taking mineralized salt and gave it a try. (The information about potassium also indicated as I would eat high potassium foods for "health reasons" - doctors say salt is bad and thus I would take the potassium to counter too much salt in foods. But, I would wind up not feeling all that good).
Well, the salt was amazing. Such a small change. I started by adding a 1/4 teaspoon of the salt to water in the morning and I had much more energy that day. I also got up in the morning with energy. I found out additionally that putting sea salt in drinking water will help your body to actually hydrate - otherwise the body might just let the water go right out again.
So, I added a pinch of Sea Salt to my regular drinking water (I usually have a quart bottle of Fiji Water (I like that the best) and then do as I normally do, drink it during work. I find I spend much less time in the bathroom and feel much more energized. Oh, yes, and I sleep better.
For what I use Sea Salt
the article about acupuncture and acupressure to relieve stress to
allow the body to rejuvenate. This
has an amazing effect to counter stress.
Acupressure and it can be done at home.
3) Vitamin C - Whole
Food Vitamin C, not ascorbic acid or vitamin C
made in a laboratory. See Vitamin
4) ADRENAL FATIGUE
This product is targeted nutrition to support your adrenals, using recovery nutrients and glandular extracts (without the hormones).
Over the years, the adrenal gland (stress gland) becomes tired and needs support. This product will help support adrenal fatigue.
All stress is regulated by the adrenals and stress does accumulate. This product can help you sleep more soundly and wake up more refreshed.
The Adrenal Fatigue Formula
contains both adrenal glandular support and stress and recovery support. Very few adrenal formulas contain which we added: pituitary extract. The pituitary controls the adrenals and is involved in controlling stress in your body.
This is a
whole food supplement:
information of why these ingredients
Fatigue Formula - explanation of the ingredients,
FAQ. Also a Video of Dr. Berg explaining
LEARN MORE ABOUT ADRENALS
AND WEIGHT GAIN SYMPTOM:
Can you Weight Gain Be
Due to Your Adrenals?
of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue is weight
gain but you don't have to be over-weight.
This book will help as it addresses this
subject. The book actually can be used to
just build health in general, You don't lose
weight to get healthy, you get healthy to lose
Adrenal Type Weight Loss - Dr. Berg's The 7 Principles of Fat Burning
It will give you lots of information about
the adrenal conditions, plus how to lose weight
(if this is your symptom) and get the adrenals working again.
There is also a Health
Tutor Program to help you achieve your
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