Adrenal Support : Stress Response

Sitting over the kidneys, the adrenal glands play a significant role in human physiology. They secrete more than 50 hormones necessary for life and can produce short-term secretions of norepinephrine, DHEA and cortisol in response to limited stressful events. In states of chronic stress, high levels of adrenal hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol, are generated and may eventually lead to anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and even heart attacks and strokes.

When this occurs ‘Adrenal Drive’ is the predominate state. Without intervention, ‘Adrenal Fatigue’ eventually takes hold as the adrenal glands become fatigued and adrenal hormone production becomes less robust, and can lead to insufficient levels of epinephrine, cortisol, DHEA or pregnenolone. In addition to stress management techniques, diet, and lifestyle changes, the use of traditional herbs believed to facilitate an adaptive response to stress through influence on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function may prove beneficial.*

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