The adrenal glands secrete hormones such as cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone that are necessary for health and vitality and significantly affect overall bodily functions. After middle age, the adrenal glands gradually become the main endogenous source of sex hormones in both men and women. Severe or prolonged physical or emotional stress often associated with modern lifestyles or chronic illnesses can lead to adrenal fatigue, which is a significant contributor to health conditions-from allergies to obesity.
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant adrenal hormones like cortisol help minimize allergic and negative reactions, such as cancer and autoimmune diseases. These hormones closely influence the utilization of carbohydrates and fats, the conversion of fats and proteins into energy, as well as cardiovascular and gastrointestinal function. Good adrenal support is essential to completing the hormonal pathway to optimal health and includes good nutrition, adequate sleep, regular moderate exercise, stress management, slow living back to regain a good outlook on life and replace hormone deficiency.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels) include fatigue, intolerance to heat and cold, low blood pressure, fluid retention, dry skin and\/or hair, constipation, headaches, libido low back pain, infertility, menstrual irregularities, muscle and joint pain, depression, anxiety, slow metabolism and decreased heart rate, memory problems, big tongue, deep voice, swollen neck, PMS, weight gain, low blood sugar, high cholesterol and triglycerides. However, more than half of people with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.