Adrenal Support : Stress Response

Stress & Adrenal 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. During the early stages of Adrenal Fatigue, the HPA axis produces an abundance of cortisol, resulting in a suppressed immune system and reduction of favorable inflammatory processes.

In addition to stress management techniques, diet and excercise, and other 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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