Our bodies are complex. We could consider them finely tooled machines and as such, they need proper care.
One part of our system consists of endocrine glands. These glands work like a messaging system using chemicals. These chemicals are known as hormones that are released from the glands into the human circulatory system to travel to other organs.
The primary glands in the endocrine system are:
- adrenal glands,
- pineal gland,
- thyroid gland,
- parathyroid glands,
- and testes
as well as the hypothalamus and pituitary gland which are neuroendocrine organs that also release hormones.
What you do need to know is each and every one of these endocrine glands play very important roles in your health and welfare. If they are not properly maintained, these glands may stop, slow down or send improper hormones (messages) to other organs causing them to not function correctly.
One expert explained to me that if a person was to put their complete home on an automatic system to control heating, cooling, lights, water, etc…, the messages sent would come from special receptacles inside a main computer bank. We could equate those receptacles to the glands and the messages they send to each unit would be equated to the hormones.
If one receptacle started malfunctioning, you could find it causing chaos with all the other receptacles…
- The message meant to turn the air conditioning on may start the sprinkler system;
- a message to fill the washing machine with water turns off the security system;
- or you come home to your house feeling like an oven at 116 degrees because the system thinks it is too cold.
Just think what all can happen to your body if 1 of these glands is not working properly? And while we think Doctors should be able to “figure it out,” consider the fact that once they know for sure it is a bad gland, they still must narrow down which gland it is.
Not an easy task!
Enough of the science lesson…
My goal today is to simply give you 4 tips to keep your endocrine glands healthy, happy and working the way they are intended to.
Endocrine Glands Tip #1: Proper Nutrition
This is by far the top tip in this post.
Each gland needs certain vitamins, minerals and/or nutrients to work properly. But in these days and times, we have found nutrients being erased from many foods. This can come from improper farming, food processing and just plain greediness of food manufacturers.
Each gland has a need for a main nutrient or more…
adrenal – Vitamin C, B Vitamins, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron
pineal – Vitamin D
thyroid – Vitamin D, Selenium, Iodine, Iron and Vitamin A
parathyroid – Same as thyroid
pancreas – All
ovaries – All
and testes – All
While my blog explains a lot about nutrition, I want to say that each person is different. I offer a one-on-one service to develop a nutrition plan that fits you and your lifestyle.
Endocrine Glands Tip #2: Little To None
There are 3 things you need to cut down to little or none for healthy and happy endocrine glands:
All of these if taken in abundance will drive your hormone balance out of whack.
Endocrine Glands Tip #3: Get Your Omega Fatty Acids
Omega 3s, 6s and 9s are important in that they actually aid in the transportation of hormones produced by these glands. The hormones essentially “hitch a ride” on the Omega bus.
You get these Omega Fatty Acids from fish and other sea foods. If you are not getting enough fish in your diet, I recommend taking a supplement to obtain those Omegas.
Endocrine Glands Tip #4: Say No To Stress
Not only does stress harm your endocrine glands, it plays havoc on other organs in your body.
Now I know that as long as we live, there is stress. But what you do with that stress; how you handle that stress is the biggest factor in how it will effect your health and well being.
There are many ways to handle stress, but only some ways that are good for your health.
- Exercise – which is also needed for healthy endocrine glands.
- Quality sleep – 7 – 8 hours is optimal.
- Have a person to talk with.
Follow these tips please!
Your endocrine glands have so much control over the rest of your body. If your hormones are out of balance, you can gain weight, develop sickness and disease and live a life that is no fun.
I am here for you… Contact me if you need more help with this subject.
I am not a Doctor and by all means, you should see one if you feel you are having issues with any of your endocrine glands. But I do know that if you follow these tips, you are giving those glands a much better opportunity of being healthy and happy.
Thanks and post any comments or questions below.