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Monday, February 10, 2014

The Endocrine System: #1 Adrenal Glands/First Root Chakra

Article for Week of  Feb 16 2014

The endocrine system includes all of the glands of the body and the hormones produced by them. When the body is stressed, your capacity to adapt is reduced, which can wreak havoc on the immune, nervous and endocrine systems. By regulating the functions of organs in the body, these glands help to maintain the body’s natural balance.

First, are the Adrenal Glands: the adrenal cortex and adrenal medulla. The adrenal cortex produces a variety of cortical hormones, one of which is androgens (such as testosterone to regulate the growth and activity of cells that are receptive to male hormones. The adrenal medulla produces hormones that help increase the flow of blood to the brain and muscles to improve the “fight-or-flight” response to stress and also work to increase heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure while decreasing the flow of blood to and function of organs that are not involved in responding to emergencies.

The adrenal glands are connected to the first root chakra which is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings. The first chakra governs the spinal column, kidneys, legs, feet, rectum and immune system. Its crystals/gemstones include hematite, black tourmaline, obsidian and onyx.

The herbs for the adrenals and first chakra include juniper berries, parsley, gravel root, oak bark, plantain, uva ursi, chaparral, burdock, marshmallow, purple loosestrife, golden seal, hyssop and wild carrot.

CREATE NATURAL REGULARITY AND JUMPSTART YOUR DAILY ENERGY LEVEL: drink a full glass of room temperature Alkaline water within 20min of waking and another glass within the next hour; another 5-6 glasses throughout the day.