New book on Women’s Health
Making Sense of Women's Health, by Dr. Marita Schauch, BSc, ND is a comprehensive guide for women of all ages. It offers information on complementary therapies such as lifestyle and diet, vitamin supplements, and herbs to help women make informed choices about their specific health concerns. With everything from Adrenal Fatigue, inferetility and PMS to vaginitis, women will find all the information they need to treat and prevent the most common women's conditions. Dr. Schuach is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Canada's premier institute for education and research in naturopatheic medicine. Through her passion for education and health, Dr. Schauch leads by example and hopes to empower others to choose positive lifestyle choices in order to live optimally. Making Sense of Women's Health is availble from your Local Health Food Store
Book excerpt - Chapter 2 page 15
It is surprising how many people have never heard of the adrenal glands, considering they command the most powerful hormones which affect virtually every system in the body. The adrenal glands are no bigger than a walnut and sit on top of each kidney. You cannot live without your adrenal glands and their hormones. How well your adrenal glands function greatly influences your quality of life and vitality.
The hormones secreted by your adrenal glands influence all major physiological processes in the body: utilization of carbohydrates, fats and proteins; regulation of blood sugar; functionng of the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, immune and nervous systems; inflammation and allergic reactions; hormonal health and more.
Each Adrenal gland consists of two parts - the cortex and medula. The adrenal cortex secretes a variety of steroid hormones: glucocorticoids (cortisol), mineralocorticoids (aldosterone) and androgens (testosterone).