Stressful challenges from our environment such as air, water and chemical pollution, the
eating of junk foods, stressed interpersonal relationships, overwork and anxiety combined with
fears of the unknown future for our family and friends are the signs of our times.
Coping with these physical, mental and emotional stresses tests the limits of our health.
Each and every one of these challenging factors calls upon one or more of the dozens of healthful
functions provided by the adrenal glands.
The adrenals are endocrine glands the size of walnuts which are located on top of the kidneys. The outer layers are known to create more than 30 hormones or hormone-like substances which are integrated into virtually every function of the body. The inner part of the adrenal gland is an extension of nerve tissue providing quick jolts of energy to help us handle “emergencies.”
The adrenal glands support us through thick and thin. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle seems like one emergency after another to our adrenal glands, so they end up getting exhausted, “jumpy” and overworked and without healthy adrenal glands we suffer.
Many of the syndromes, symptoms and diseases of the 21st century are directly related to a lack of adrenal health.
To name a few:
• Chronic fatigue
• Immune deficiency
• Craving of sweets and caffeine
• Weight gain
Stress Challenges the Adrenals
Constant stressful stimulation of the adrenals ultimately leads to adrenal exhaustion. Think of the adrenals as if they were muscles. Muscles contract when a need arises and relax when the need
passes. Try holding even a small hand weight straight out from your body – it won’t take long for your arm to fatigue and go weak. Similarly, the adrenals respond to stresses but ultimately fatigue if not givenan opportunity to “relax” and restore their strength and function. In this way constant stress leads to the loss of healthful adrenal function.