Adrenals. Those amazingly underestimated glands that sit perched on your kidneys and produce both your stress hormones and your sex hormones. I had to ask myself, could their function be more bipolar since our stress hormones literally turn off our sex hormones? Well actually, they are super smart and not only produce hormones to help you survive, these same hormones in some instances actually become pre-cursors for your sex hormones. Why work harder when you can work smarter? You’re body has got you girl.
These glands are deeply wired to the rest of your body via the HPA axis. That is the lines of communication between the hypothalamus, pituitary and your adrenals. If that sounds like a lot, here’s what you need to know. The hypothalamus (in your brain) signals your pituitary (just at the stem of the brain) to stimulate the adrenals to get jobs done by way of steroid hormones like DHEA, adrenaline or dopamine to name just a few. The adrenals control chemical reactions like fight or flight – that’s a big job. In a nutshell, they are triggered under stress to keep you safe. Problem is, we’re more constantly stressed than ever, due to our hectic lifestyles and modern living, hence the notion that our adrenals are not coping and ‘fatigued’ because we are putting them in a position where they need to be consistently on, rather than the natural ebbs and flows we’re designed for.