By Cristina Proano-Carrion
Fatigued? Sick all the time? Perhaps your adrenal glands are the culprit.
What are The Adrenal Glands?
The adrenal glands are two walnut-sized lumps that sit atop the kidneys. Their foremost function is to help you deal with stress in all its varied forms—from the slight to the extreme. The adrenal glands have close to 50 other functions, including metabolism, the sodium/potassium balance, blood sugar levels, and aiding in the production of sex hormones.
The Fight or Flight Response
When stress hits, the adrenal glands jump into action by putting you into fight-or-flight mode. The glands release adrenaline to increase your heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and secrete other hormones that instruct your digestive system and other “non-vital” systems to temporarily stop functioning. By directing all available blood flow to your muscles at the same time, your body prepares itself to either
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