The Adrenal Connection
Your adrenals are two triangular-shaped glands that sit atop your kidneys. They are part of the complex making of our endocrine system. The endocrine system controls slower, longer-lasting responses to your environment. The adrenals release the stress hormone cortisol, and anti-stress hormone DHEA. They also produce adrenaline and norepinephrine, which function both as a hormone and a neurotransmitter. The 4 aforementioned hormones are the major stress hormones of the body. They are also responsible for maintaining salt levels in the blood, maintain blood pressure, help control kidney function, control overall fluid concentrations in the body. The adrenal glands are also an important source of sex steroids, such as estrogen and testosterone.