The adrenal glands are situated on the upper surface of each kidney. The three main groups of hormones secreted from the adrenal glands are:
Glucocorticoids, (cortisol/hydrocortisone being the main ones) which have effects on the metabolism and fluid balance. In pathological and pharmacological quantities, they have an anti-inflammatory action and suppress the response of the tissues to injury, delaying healing.
Mineralcorticoids, aldersterone being the main one. Its functions are associated with the maintenance of the electrolyte balance in the body, thus affecting water excretion and retention
Adrenaline and noradrenaline. Secretion of these hormones is closely related to nervous stimulation. Noradrenaline is vital for the maintenance of blood pressure and adrenaline is associated with the fight or flight response, which prepares the body in times of severe stress or danger.
The release of these hormones, in particular adrenaline, is closely linked with the stress reaction of the body which is designed to maximise survival chances in life threatening situations. Fortunately, in modern life these serious conditions rarely arise, but the body responds in a similar way when faced with stressful situations such as arguments, job interviews or traffic jams. Over-use of stimulants such as coffee, tea, chocolate and cigarettes coupled with periods of unmanaged stress can lead to adrenal exhaustion. The body channels energy into dealing with the stressor, thus slowing down digestion, maintenance and repair, leading to a number of symptoms and diseases associated with the digestive system and upsetting the hormone balance.
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The need for GLA, Vitamin C and Vitamin B5 increases during and after periods of either severe stress or long term low level stress. Obviously supplementing these particular vitamins is going to contribute to healthy adrenal glands but a long term strategy for coping with stress is essential.
We all experience stress differently. What may be stressful for one person may be fun for another. Each individual needs to find the best way of dealing with stress to suit their own personality and lifestyle. Stress management techniques need to be explored for their suitability and may include learning to “let go” and to delegate responsibility or the complete opposite by taking more control. Sometimes seeking professional help can be very beneficial in exploring what is the best method for you. Some considerations for healthy adrenal function may include:
Relaxation training: Meditation, Yoga, Muscle Relaxation, Massage
Lifestyle: Diet, healthy and balanced and reducing articifical stimulants, exercise, give up smoking.
Nutrivital B Complex can be used support the nervous system and boost energy as B vitamins are easily depleted when the body is stressed emotionally or physically. B Vitamins are required for the release of energy from food and aid in the proper function of the heart, nervous system and muscles, as well as being vital for the maintenance of healthy skin, hair, and nails. B6 is extremely important for hormonal balance, fatty acid metabolism, fluid balance, and the production of stomach acid. It can also help you to keep a clear head.In this complex, Vitamin B6 is included as pyridoxal-5-phosphate - an easily assimilated form. Our B Complex has a great blend of all of the important B vitamins.
For thousands of years, humans have been accustomed to a selection of natural foods that have provided us with all the essential nutrients. Todays diet is vastly different to that of our ancestors, and one of the most widespread nutritional deficiencies is of essential fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs are the building blocks of the membranes in our cells. Most of these EFAs can be synthesized by our bodies, but the two that have to be supplemented through diet are Omega 3 and Omega 6. The body functions best when these are in a balance ration of 1:1, but because our modern diet is so high in Omega 6s, a typical ration is around 25:1. Large quantities of Omega 3 are therefore necessary to redress this balance.Flaxseed oil is the richest source of Omega 3 fatty acids yet found anywhere in the world. It also has a high Lignan content. Lignan is a gentle plant hormone that is the key to estrogenic balance in the body. Omega-3 oils have been shown to help reduce heart disease, strokes, and inflammatory diseases, and are linked to many other positive health results. Nearly every system in the body can benefit from flax seed oil's natural properties, including the cardiovascular system, immune system, circulatory system, reproductive system, nervous system, as well as joints. It also contains omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein, and zinc.
If you only wish to take one vitamin then Nutrivital Vitamin C with Bioflavanoids is the one! Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system and to support the body's defense against infection. Vitamin C is made by almost every other mammal except humans. Because it is a water soluble vitamin, Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body long term, and is flushed out with our body’s waste on a regular basis, therefore the vitamin C we gain from our foods is very quickly lost and it is important to maintain a good supplementation of Vitamin C to ensure we have the amount we need. It is especially important if we are stressed and need our immune systems boosting. It is also important for the formation of collagen in skin, bones, cartilage and muscles. It neutralises the free radicals, which speed up the aging process. It can reduce cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Bioflavonoids are organic plant pigments that occur naturally with Vitamin C - the bioflavonoids increase Vitamin C bioavailability and absorption and are particularly important in maintaining good condition of blood vessels. Bioflavonoids also have excellent anti-inflammatory properties.