Everything from allergies and asthma to arthritis and low blood sugar are either caused by, or are seriously aggravated by adrenal glands which have lost their ability to produce adequate amounts of hormones.
Too Much Stress:
The cause of this loss of adrenal function is an over abundance of all forms of stress in our daily lives.
Every form of stress results in a rapid production of adrenal hormones and a depletion of the raw materials from which they are made. Continual stress eventually depletes body reserves of these nutrients. The adrenal hormones, which normally control body tissues, can no longer be produced, and many health problems result.
Location & Structure of the Adrenals:
The kidneys are located about waist high, one on each side of the spine, at the back of the abdominal cavity. They are called the renal glands. Added onto the top of each renal gland is a small endocrine gland called, appropriately enough, the adrenal gland. They produce a wide variety of hormones which, one way or the other, quite literally effect every cell of your body. Actually the adrenal gland is like two separate glands. The middle portion, called the medulla, is formed from nerve tissue and produces hormones made from the amino acid tyrosine. The covering portion, called the cortex, is formed from endocrine tissue and produces hormones from cholesterol. Thus the adrenal glands are derived from, and are a part of, the two different control systems of the body, the nervous system and the endocrine system.
When Everything is Normal:
The middle portion of the adrenal gland (the medulla) produces three basic hormones from the amino acid tyrosine. These are called catecholamine's. One of these is noradrenaline, also called norepinephrine. This hormone predominates when things are “normal” in your life. It provides a stimulating effect to the smooth muscles of the intestines, the blood vessels, and the heart. This keeps your blood pressure up to normal and the cardiac output adequate. It also keeps your digestion normal. Noradrenaline also has a mild relaxing effect on the bronchial tubes to aid your breathing. It also helps maintain normal energy production, and stabilizes blood sugar. When the adrenal medulla becomes nutritionally depleted and unable to produce sufficient noradrenaline, the “normal” periods of your life are characterized by low blood pressure, low blood sugar, low energy, poor digestion, inadequate cardiac output and restricted and shallow breathing. Although a doctor frequently cannot find anything wrong, you say, “But I just don’t feel good.”
What Adrenalin Does to You:
Adrenalin speeds up the nervous impulses as they travel through the junction boxes of your nerves. Some people call this getting nervous. If greatly reduces the flow of blood to your stomach and intestines, and digestion comes to a halt. It also reduces the flow of blood to the skin, especially in the hands and feet. They get cold and may sweat. Meanwhile, it opens the flow of blood to your brain, arms, and legs, just in case you have to “fight or flight.” It constricts your blood vessels, raising the blood pressure. It also increases the contraction of the heart muscle to improve blood flow. It stimulates the hypothalamus to activate the adrenal cortex to produce a whole new family of hormones to regulate other body processes. It starts breaking down protein of the lymph nodes, the thymus gland, the white blood cells, and starch and fat in the liver to raise the blood sugar for more energy. Stresses of all types activate this process and work the adrenal glands very hard. For most people, stressful situations accompanied by overworked and depleted adrenals are a part of everyday life. People who are constantly exposing their bodies to stress of any kind are nutritionally exhausting their adrenals, which often leads to serious incapacitating illness, and in many cases death.
When You Run out of Adrenalin:
Today nearly everyone complains about having episodes of low blood sugar. Blood sugar normally goes up and down throughout the day and night. When it gets too low, the brain responds with alarm and a healthy adrenal shoots out adrenalin. This causes the liver to begin glycogenolysis the breaking down of glycogen (a starch which releases glucose into the blood, thus raising the blood sugar). It also promotes gluconeogenesis the breaking down of protein and fat, and converting it into glucose to raise the blood sugar. However, when your adrenal glands lose their ability to produce adrenalin because the nutritional raw materials are not available to manufacture it, the blood sugar simply stays too low. Then you have all the symptoms and miseries of low blood sugar such as: headaches, fatigue, sweaty palms and feet, muscle spasms, heart palpitations, dizziness, irritability, sensitivity, loss of memory and confused thinking, shortness of breath, etc.
Conditions Frequently Associated with Under-Functioning Adrenals:
Acne, Addison’s disease, allergies, anorexia, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, claustrophobia, canker sores, constipation, cataracts, depression, poor digestion, dizziness, eczema, fatigue, herpes, high or low cholesterol, low sex drive, low blood pressure, headaches, hypertension, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), insomnia, irritability, migraines, menopause problems, mood swings, nervousness, night time urination, psoriasis, scleroderma, seizures, sinus infections, shingles and the inability to cope with stress.
The “AD Formula” brings together in one tablet all the known nutritional factors necessary to rebuild exhausted adrenal glands, and to maintain adequate adrenal hormone production to meet the needs of stressful living in our modern world. Missing even one of the nutrients in this formula would break the biochemical chain necessary to promote normal physiological function in the adrenal glands. Well functioning adrenal glands mean stable blood sugar, adequate energy, an elimination of excessive allergic responses to the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the things that touch our skin, as well as an avoidance of all the other miserable conditions associated with under functioning adrenal glands.