When the body is over stressed, ether physically or emotionally, there is an increased demand placed on the adrenal gland to produce the adrenaline hormone. In addition to stress, dietary habits including the over use of coffee, white flour, sugar, alcohol and other stimulants, people find that their adrenal become stressed and that their dependency for stimulants increase to maintain energy levels. The adrenal glands are now over worked and are unable to produce at normal levels the adrenal hormone. The result may be dehydration, which interferes with nutrient delivery and contributes to aging and kidney problems, reduced cardio out-put, hypertension and heart attacks. The adrenal glands are a pair of triangular-shaped organs that rest on top of the kidneys. Each gland normally weighs about 5 grams, slightly less than 1/5 ounce, and is made up of two parts, the cortex, or the outer section, which is responsible for the production of cortisone, and the medulla, or central section, which secretes adrenaline. The adrenal cortex helps maintain the salt and water balance in the body and is also involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and the regulation of blood sugar. In addition, the cortex produces a sex hormone similar to that secreted by the testes. When the adrenal glands are working at high levels everyday all day, the body will create higher levels of cortisol. Cortisol eats muscle! Muscle is needed to burn fat. Therefore, the body begins to store fat and muscle loss is destroying the body. The heart is the muscle that is hit first because all of the blood travels through it. The heart is weakened and then a heart attack is inevitable.
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