Fight-or-flight response Regulates: Heart rate Blood vessel and air passage diameters Metabolic shifts Essential for maintaining cardiovascular homeostasis because of its ability to divert blood to tissues under stress. epinephrine
Increases: Heart contraction Brains oxygen supply Blood pressure Sugar level of the blood Causes vasoconstriction Required for skeletal homeostasis norepinephrine
Chemical signal that sends information from one neuron to the next “Feel good” chemical Important for homeostasis because it keeps you from overworking and staying calm. dopamine
Hyper Adrenals (Overactive) Can lead to Cushing’s Disease Sugar Cravings Muscle Spasms Fatigue Acid Reflux High Blood Sugar Headaches what happens if the gland doesn’t function properly?
Hyperactivity Appropriate herbs & vitamins Passion flower, hops, chamomile, fennel seeds, & vitamin C Hypo activity Herbs Astragalus Licorice root Korean ginseng how to correct the problems of dysfunctioning adrenal medulla glands
Hypo Adrenals (Underactive) Can lead to Addison’s Disease Insomnia Chronic fatigue Salt cravings Low blood pressure Depression Exhaustion Colon Disorders what happens if the gland doesn’t function properly?
Pheochromocytoma Rare, usually benign tumor that develops in the core of an adrenal gland. Tuberculosis Bacteria that can attack the spine, kidney & brain. Addisons Disease Occurs when your body produces insufficient amounts of certain hormones produced by your adrenal glands Cushings Disease Occurs when your body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol Autoimmune Disease Occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue Diseases