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How Your Body Produces Its Energy

How the Thyroid and Adrenals Produce Your Energy

The thyroid gland and the adrenal glands are the main energy producing glands in the body, supplying the body with more than 98% of its energy. If you did not have these glands, you probably would not have enough energy to blink an eyelid. The thyroid gland, located right behind the Adam’s apple in your neck, is about the size of a plum. The adrenal glands are much smaller and are located on top of each kidney. Everyone has one thyroid gland (with two lobes) and two adrenal glands. These glands work very closely together. In non-technical terms, the adrenal glands “release” simple sugars in the body which serve as the fuel for the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland then takes these sugars and ignites them into energy. The thyroid is like the spark plugs of your car in that it ignites the fuel (gasoline) and turns it into power. (energy) So it is these glands working together which produce the body’s energy. To have maximum amounts of energy, these glands have to be functioning at peak capacity. “The efficiency of your glands determines your speed of metabolism” These are the glands which determine a person’s rate of metabolism, the “oxidation type.” If both the thyroid gland and the adrenals are overactive, a person will be known as a “fast oxidizer”. In other words, he or she will have a very fast metabolism. These are the people who usually abound with energy.


Now, if just one of these glands are overactive and one is underactive, a person will be known as a “mixed-oxidizer”. And if both of these glands are underactive, a person will be a “slow oxidizer”. A “slow oxidizer” has a very slow rate of metabolism. These are individuals who are usually lacking in energy. It is the adrenal glands which give a person extra energy when needed. Whenever a person faces an emergency, the adrenal glands release adrenalin, which gives the body the extra “boost” it needs. There are two different portions to the adrenal glands – the adrenal cortex and the adrenal medulla. The adrenal cortex helps to supply the body with a steady stream of fuel (sugar) all day. This enables a person to function at a normal pace.

The adrenal medulla is strictly an emergency gland. This is the portion of the gland which secretes the adrenalin. When you hear stories about a woman lifting a two-ton car to save her baby, it is the adrenalin from the adrenal medulla which is responsible for her being able to accomplish this feat.

A good analogy of the adrenal medulla would be like a turbo-charger on a car. It helps to give the engine an incredible thrust of energy (fuel) – far more than a normal engine would be capable of supplying. -Adrenal Cortex and Adrenal Medulla -

The adrenal glands are located on top of both kidneys.





98% of Your Vitality Comes from Two Glands! The Thyroid and the Adrenal Glands


A woman (and man’s) source of energy comes from both the thyroid and adrenal glands. The healthier these glands are, the better a woman or man’s energy levels will be. The weaker these glands are, the poorer a woman or man’s energy level will be. It is difficult to be a vivacious and passionate person when either of these glands are tired and exhausted.


Article by Dr. Paul Eck

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