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Which gland helps you deal with stress? Adrenal, Pineal, Thyroid, or Thymus?


  1. The adrenal gland (situated on top of the kidneys) has two parts, the medulla and cortex. But, basically, the adrenal gland is the gland that gets overworked and exhausted when you are stuck in stress patterns that are not resolved (the adrenal cortex dumps cortisol which will weaken and injure the body over time). Also, the adrenal medulla (the inner part of the adrenal gland) produces epinephrine (which used to be called or is casually called adrenaline). is a sympathomimetic catecholamine. It causes increased rate of the heart beat, intensifies the force of the heart’s contraction, dialtes the smaller airways (bronchioles) in the lungs among other things. The secretion of epinephrine by the adrenal is part of the fight-or-flight reaction.
    The pineal gland in your head is associated with diurnal cycles of awake/asleep. Thyroid is a major multi-tasker, but relates to your body’s ability to regulate temperature, growth, metabolism, etc. Thymus is in your mediastinum area of the chest and is an immune system gland.
    So, to answer your question, you are thinking of the adrenal glands (paired). I wonder why you did not add pituitary or gonads to your question!

  2. Adrenal gland: it releases adrenalin in the moment when you get scared and allows you to react quickly. They call it flight or fight. You can get away quickly or stay and fight.
    Some people can even feel the release of Adrenalin.
    Unfortunately in this modern age people experience stress for reasons other than a wild animal coming to attack them, and they may be at work dealing with a stressful situation which doesn’t require a flight or fight response.


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