The Endocrine System
I’ll admit, I don’t remember this body system from my biology classes in high school, but I’ve spent so much time researching this part of my body over the last few years upon realizing that something was just not right with my hormones.
The more we understand how our bodies work, the better we get at figuring out how to make good choices for them. So we are going to take a little journey through the endocrine system.
The endocrine system is made up of glands that produce and excrete hormones throughout our body from our brain to our reproductive system. When one part of this system isn’t behaving properly, it has a true domino effect on the rest of our body. What woman doesn’t know that wonky hormones make for a wonky life, right? Step one to an empowered woman is some steady hormones. Here are some important parts of the system that releases hormones in our body:
The Hypothalamus is the center of emotional health. If you are feeling exceptionally moody, anxious, or depressed, it’s likely you need to support this part of the brain.
The Pituitary gland is connected to our energy levels and is right next to the hypothalamus. If you are fatigued or suffering from migraines, this gland may need a little TLC.
The Thyroid helps control your metabolism and in the US, because of the constant bombardment of toxins we often face, thyroid issues in men and women are fairly common (though never normal). Sluggishness, weight loss or gain, or depression are telltale signs of thyroid problems.
The Adrenal glands support the body’s response to stress. If you find that you crash after stressful moments, are gaining weight, or are feeling anxious, you may need to focus some care on your adrenals.
The Reproductive System consists of all the organs that release reproductive hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. Weight gain, moodiness, and fatigue are big signs that these hormones may be unbalanced.
Do you notice a part of your endocrine system that may need a little focus?