The adrenals are two small glands with each located just above a kidney. Their major purpose is to help the body to cope with all types of stress both psychological and physical. Besides protecting us from the effects of stress they are also responsible for important life sustaining processes such as keeping salt and water in the body balanced, keeping blood pressure normal, and regulating blood glucose. The adrenals also assist in the production of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in order to keep their levels optimum. As age progresses and the ovaries and testes decrease their release of these hormones the adrenal glands become more responsible for their release.
Our energy, endurance, ability to fight infection, ability to heal and rejuvenate, and in fact our very lives depend upon the proper functioning of our adrenal glands.
Adrenal fatigue, also called adrenal exhaustion is a condition where the adrenal glands are not able to produce enough cortisol, and in some cases aldosterone.
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The Importance of Proper Adrenal Function and Balanced Cortisol
Lisa Wells, RN