Let’s talk about the Endocrine System
The endocrine (hormone) system is the part of the body that regulates how we metabolize food, function sexually, repair tissue damage, it influences our moods and energy levels and supports overall health.
The endocrine system is made up of various glands including: the pituitary, hypothalamus, pineal, the thyroid, parathyroid, thymus, heart, adrenals, kidney, stomach, pancreas, intestines, ovaries and testes.
Hormones are produced and released into the bloodstream.
The specific molecular shape of each hormone matches up and only slots into receptors on its target cells, tissues or organs.
Hormones work by altering the chemistry of their target cells.
A hormone does not initiate a cell’s biochemical reactions, but adjusts the rate at which they occur.
Different hormones are released according to different trigger mechanisms.
The endocrine system is constantly working to create a balance by controlling the release of hormones by their respective glands. Much like a thermostat would control the temperature of a room by turning on and off the heat and a/c.
So if gland A produces hormones 1,2,3,4,5 and gland B produces 6,7,8 and gland C produces 9,10,11 etc… Then in some cases gland A releases 1,2,3,4,5 and then gland B recognizes those and responds by producing ”x” amount of 6,7,8 and then gland C detects those and produces “x” amount of 9,10,11. and they are directly responding to the levels in the blood.
In other cases it is controlled by a different intermediate mechanism with a feedback system.
When it comes to hormonal disorders “Hyper” implies an excess of hormone, making it’s target receptors too active. And “Hypo” implies reduced production or action making it underactive.
Hormonal disorders or imbalances can have widespread effects and cause extensive problems all around the body.
And unfortunately, all synthetic hormones and steroids have potentially damaging side effects.
However all hope is not lost if you are working on creating or maintaining a balance of your endocrine system.
The discovery of Phytosterols, which are natural substances in plants that are very similar to hormones or hormone precursors, have been shown to have a wide range of beneficial effects on the body.
When humans eat plant foods, phytosterols are ingested and are found in the serum and tissues of healthy people.
When ingested, these phytosterols can naturally balance the hormone system and restore the body to it’s optimal functioning without causing a further imbalance in the hormones.
Phytosterols are not hormones. They are the food for hormone production in the body.
Research has found that because phytosterols produce the prohormones DHEA and progesterone, a broad spectrum of conditions can be addressed or prevented through its use.
More on that later…… Hope you learned something of value.
The Wellness Coach