The adrenal glands are in the back, located on top of the kidneys. These glands are responsible for so many hormones in both men and woman.
“Flight or fight” hormones that assist us in stressful situations such as epinephrine and nor-epinephrine. And then there are the steroid hormones that all have many a job including assisting the body in fighting infection. The main hormone is hydrocortisone. This provides our body with glucose and amino acids and regulates blood sugar metabolism.
Other sex hormones produced in the adrenal glands are DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and pregnenalone. DHEA and testosterone are responsible for muscle and tissue repair and building. Men and woman also produce these from ovaries and testicles. So as we age, such as menopause, the ovaries are no longer kicking out anymore hormone. So now our only hope is a bit of something from our adrenals.
Are you starting to see how constantly being stressed makes you fat, tired, and sick all the time? First you produce too much and then depletion!!! Now let’s add aging such as menopause!!! No need to wonder anymore why you have belly fat and depression!! Let’s think about all other diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid disease and autoimmune diseases that result after long term adrenal balance.
In my future articles, I will take each hormone and explain in further detail.