An Introduction To Your Hormone System

Hormones, and the glands that produce them, play an important role in the health of your body and well you feel. Following is a brief introduction to the hormone producing glands of your body.
The Liver is the largest gland in the body. It filters everything that enters and produced by the body, including hormones.
The Pancreas produces insulin to remove glucose (blood sugar) and glucagon which increases blood sugar if it gets too low. The pancreas also produces enzymes including: amylase to assist with the break down of sugar and carbohydrates, proteinase to assist with the break down of proteins, and lipase to assist with the break down of fats.
The Adrenals are two glands that sit above the kidneys. They are responsible for the production of hormones in response to all types of stress. Glucocorticoids are hormones produced to help to decrease inflammation in the body and mineralocorticoids are hormones produced to help balance water, salt, and electrolytes within the body The adrenals also control the “fight or flight” response which stimulates the heart and all other muscles. Therefore, adrenal issues can play a role in elevated blood pressure. They also can increase blood sugar quickly in emergencies.
The Hypothalamus is often referred to as the “Master of Homeostasis” or the center of balance. The hypothalamus is the interface between the nervous system and the endocrine or hormone system. This gland detects levels of hormones within the blood. It also sends the appropriate hormones to the pituitary gland.
The Pituitary Gland is often referred to as “The Master Gland” because it regulates all other hormone production. In particular, it assists the adrenal glands, plays a role in hydration and dehydration, and stimulates the thyroid.
The Pineal Gland is a pea-sized gland located just above the middle of the brain, behind the “third eye.” It helps to regulate the natural “bio-rhythms” of the body and produces melatonin. Melatonin is often referred to as “the sleep hormone,” but it also promotes healing of the nervous system.
The Thyroid is a pyramid-shaped gland located immediately beneath the breastbone at the level of the heart. It is quite large in infants and shrinks with the aging process. It plays a significant role in how the immune system responds to stressors. It also helps “educate” t-cells of their jobs.
The Gonads are the testes in men and the ovaries in women. They are affected by all the above glands within the body. Healthy procreation and fertility is largely dependent upon the wellness and balance of the entire glandular system as well as the intestines.
The Duodenum is one of the three parts of the Small Intestines. Although it is not a gland, it is a central point for several phases of digestion and its function is impacted hormones. It stimulates the pancreas to release digestive enzymes and the gallbladder to release bile.
The glandular or hormone system is a complicated system. All of the glands are largely dependent on one another to produce the necessary hormones for a balanced body. In addition, hormones work very closely with the nervous system. At Advanced Nutrition and Energetics we take special care to look at and address this aspect of your health. We believe it is an essential piece of the healing process. Please do not hesitate to contact us with additional questions or concerns regarding your hormone balance.

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