What is the role of the adrenal glands?

The adrenal glands are small glands that are located on top of each kidney. They produce and release essential hormones into the body that affect metabolism, blood pressure, the immune system, sex drive, and the body’s response to stress. One of the most important functions of the adrenal gland is the fight-or-flight response. When a person is stressed or frightened, the adrenal gland releases a flood of hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones increase the heart rate, elevate blood pressure, boost energy supplies, sharpen concentration and slow down other body processes so the body can run from or fight a threat.

Too much of a stress response is a bad thing, though. Too much exposure to elevated hormones from the adrenal gland can cause anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain and memory and concentration impairment, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Adrenal health and recovery can be improved with a healthy, balanced diet. Foods to eat include lean meats, fish, eggs, legumes, nuts, leafy greens and colorful vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil. It is also important to stay away from simple sugars and processed foods, and to stay hydrated. Dehydration can influence your stress levels and force the adrenal glands to produce excessive cortisol. 

Coach Robb only recommends taking supplements when you are not getting enough of the necessary vitamins and minerals found in real food.



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