The Anxiety, Panic and Agoraphobia Glands
Could your Adrenal glands be causing Anxiety, Panic and Agoraphobia? The Adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys and manufacture a hormone called Cortisol and two neurotransmitters called Epinephrine and Norepinephrine.
Cortisol is referred to as the stress hormone because of its response to stress. When cortisol becomes elevated due to anxiety we experience heightened stress. Cortisol manages your metabolism, it controls blood sugar levels, regulates your blood pressure, helps reduce inflammation and controls your sleep cycle.
Epinephrine is a hormone and neurotransmitter that is released into the bloodstream when you have anxiety. It causes an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and sugar metabolism.
Norepinephrine is a hormone and neurotransmitter that is released into the blood stream when the brain senses a stressful event such as anxiety, panic or agoraphobia. It causes an increase to blood pressure and helps break down fat.
It is when anxiety, panic or agoraphobia is excessive or gets in the way of your everyday life that there is cause for concern.
Anxiety occurs when the body experiences too much stress and drains the adrenal glands of cortisol.
Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder in which a person is afraid of going places because they are afraid of the symptoms they are experiencing coming on in a public place.
Panic attacks a sudden rush of intense fear or discomfort.
When cortisol, epinephrine, norepinephrine get out of balance they can produce very specific symptoms such as:
- salt cravings
- aches and pains
- facial hair
- dark circles under the eyes
- belly fat
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