What Do People Do When they Get Scared?
Multiple voices of a girl shouting of feat and her friends scaring her.
Next stop are the Adrenal Glands or the kidney hats. And as the name goes, they are located just above the kidneys. The Adrenal Glands change size throughout life – that’s something very-very interesting. In the 7th month of a fetus development, the glands are roughly the same size as your kidneys. At birth the glands have shrunk slightly and will continue to do so throughout life. In fact, by the time a person reaches old age, the glands are so small that they can hardly be seen. Can you guess one of their functions based on their location? I said they are located above the kidneys. Yes, they play a role in maintaining the salt level in kidneys and also are responsible for the secretion of a very-very famous hormone called Adrenaline. So this is a nerve connection from the sympathetic division of the nervous system that ends in the Adrenaline Gland which gets activated whenever you are under stress or what we commonly know or call ‘the flight or the fight response’. For example, say you are chased by a leopard. The flight or fight response stimulates the production of adrenaline, which travels all over the body and cause different effects like:
increase of heart rate,
increase of BP,
contractions of rib muscles so that you can breathe faster,
dilation of pupils,
deduction of blood supply to your digestive and
reproductive systems and your skin so that more blood is actually available for your muscles and your lungs when you decide to run or to take on that field and get into a cat fight.
A leopard may be a bit of an exaggeration. But it may happen to you in your neighborhood, if you are scared of street dogs, and one actually decides to chase you. So if you can actually relate to situations in this way and connect the functioning of glands like this, you can see how simple it is to understand and relate to all the so called complex things that happen in our body. There is actually nothing complex in all these things that happen because they are happening in our body. Right? And it’s very very very simple if this learnt this way.