Endocrine System

Your body has something called the endocrine system. This is a complex set of separate glands that regulate various functions in your body. If you have never heard of the term endocrine system, it is time to take note. Some of these glands may be familiar to you, for example, the Thyroid. Let us take a look at all of them individually. Your pituitary gland is also known as the master gland and regulates all your other glands. It is located just behind your thyroid. The hypothalamus is the link between your endocrine system and your nervous system. It plays the role of providing sensory inputs to your brains such as light, temperature, feelings and emotions. It is based on these inputs that the brain responds with the appropriate stimulus. Making you shed tears for example.

The thyroid controls the rate at which your cells burn calories to produce energy. The parathyroid controls the level of calcium in your blood. The adrenal glands regulate minerals such as sodium and potassium and also your flight or fight syndrome when you are confronted with a stressful situation. The pineal gland regulates your sleep cycles. Your reproductive glands regulate reproduction and finally, your pancreas maintains the level of sugar in your body by producing the enzyme insulin which helps your body break down sugar.

You may be wondering why I am giving you a lesson in biology. Simply put, these glands literally control some of the most vital functions that your body performs in order to keep you alive. For example, if you are unable to lose weight or you have high blood pressure, hair loss, fatigue, insomnia, depression, constipation and even diabetes. All of these ailments could be a function of the poor health of your endocrine system. What affects your endocrine system? The food you eat and the toxins you are exposed to primarily.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

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