The adrenals are small glands that lie on top (ad) of the kidneys (renals). These amazing glands have multiple functions. While the adrenals are endocrine glands producing hormones in response to pituitary stimulus that control carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, the adrenals also respond to neurological stimuli to initiate the fight, flight or freeze response, as well as electrolytes circulating in the blood to control blood pressure, and produce cytokines that influence immune function.
The adrenal glands control blood pressure, orchestrate protein and fat and carbohydrate metabolism; influence the immune system, and run the stress response.
The catabolic adrenal hormone–cortisol–breaks down tissues. Skin, hair, nails, muscles, and organs. Bones break down leading to osteoporosis. Even the gut lining is affected by high levels of cortisol leading to leaky gut syndrome, food allergies and malabsorption. [Read more…] about