|The adrenal glands are two small, triangular-shaped endocrine glands located on top of the kidneys. They are orange in color and covered in a connective tissue capsule that is hidden in a layer of fat. These glands are made up of two parts – the adrenal cortex (outside) and the adrenal medulla (inside).
The adrenal glands work together with the pituitary gland and hypothalamus in the brain to produce a number of different hormones. These hormones are key components for your health and vitality.
They are responsible for the functioning of every tissue, organ and gland in the body, as well as affecting the way we think. Adrenal glands maintain metabolic processes by managing blood sugar levels and regulating inflammation as well the balance of salt and water.
The primary function of the adrenals is to assist your body in dealing with all forms of stress including physical, emotional and psychological stress. Many circumstances cause an individual to feel stressed - ranging from illness, injury, feeling overworked, under pressure, having too little sleep (insomnia), a family quarrel or financial problems. When one has a low adrenal function, the body struggles to adapt to these stresses.