Water and Hormone Balance

Water and Hormonal Balance

Endocrine Glands and Hormones Regulate the Metabolism

The endocrine system is comprised of glands and glandular organs that generate hormones. The major endocrine glands are the hypothalamus, pineal gland, pituitary gland, parathyroid gland, thyroid, thymus, adrenals, pancreas, pancreas islet, ovaries, and testes. Secondary organs not exclusively part of the endocrine system although still inclusive, are the liver, stomach, small intestine, kidneys, and the placenta. This network of glands is responsible for cells, organs, and functions in the body.

Located in your brain are the hypothalamus, pituitary, and pineal glands. In your neck are the thyroid and parathyroid glands whereas the thymus gland is between your lungs. The pancreas is behind your stomach and the adrenal glands are on top of your kidneys. The ovaries in a woman and testes in a man are in the pelvic region.

The purpose of hormones is to regulate one’s metabolism and has functions that directly affect the tissues and reproductive organs, development, growth, repair, sleep, emotions, and the immune system. The endocrine glands secrete hormones which reach the organs and cells as they are transported through the bloodstream. Hormones are similar to the nervous system because they direct the body what to do. Where the endocrine system does this through hormones (chemicals), the nervous system does this through nerve impulses (electricity) and the two systems are interconnected.

The hypothalamus has a main job which is to signal the pituitary gland to begin or stop making hormones. It also connects the endocrine system with the nervous system and orchestrates the necessary functions in the body. Additionally, the hypothalamus monitors the amount of salt and water present in the body by recognizing the electrolytes, hormone concentrations in the blood, as well as temperature.

The hypothalamus and pituitary gland are integrative and regulate the process of the fight or flight syndrome, a characteristic that occurs in the autonomic nervous system when survival is heightened or threatened causing the body to react.

If you feel thirsty, the hypothalamus sends you a message to drink some water. Being an important part of the brain, it’s the intermediary between the endocrine system, nervous system, and immune system. The hypothalamus is somewhat affected when there is inflammation indicating the body is imbalanced, toxic, stressed or has all of these indicators.

Previously, the pituitary gland was considered as the “master gland” that controlled the other endocrine glands but it is now known that the hypothalamus is the main control centre in the body which interprets the messages from the brain, signalling to the pituitary gland which hormones to release for optimum function.

The endocrine system is highly sensitive since it reacts to chemical and physical stimulus in one’s environment. Food, daylight, and temperature are some examples that can affect the level of hormones and circulation in the body. Endocrine glands are so important, they have the task of releasing more than 50 hormones in the body and control essential functions necessary for the synchronistic performance of the internal metabolism.

                                                                                                                                                 

How Hormones Affect the Metabolism

In this chart illustrated on the John Hopkins Medicine website, it describes where the hormones are produced in the body, which hormones are secreted, and the hormone function. Corticosteroid for example, is the hormone produced in the adrenal glands which acts as an anti-inflammatory, assists in keeping blood sugar levels and blood pressure balanced, helps muscle strength, and regulates salt and water. Another example is the pituitary gland which produces an antidiuretic hormone called vasopressin which affects water retention in the kidneys and controls blood pressure.

 

What Causes the Endocrine System to Get Unbalanced?

Some of the reasons why the endocrine system can go off balance are:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Chemical toxins
  • Drinking unfiltered water
  • Estrogens usually found in containers like water bottles
  • Vitamin D insufficiency
  • Emotional and physical stress
  • Consistent low blood sugar, chronic illnesses, inflammation, pain, and imbalanced gut flora
  • Inadequate nutrition

The endocrine system is one of the most important systems of the human body that needs balance to function properly. It is an intricate network of action between major organs, cells, the bloodstream, and release of hormones. Whether it gets off balance as a result of mental, emotional, physical, environmental, genetic predisposition, or poor nutrition, there is always a choice to bring the body back into balance through exercise, diet, adequate filtered water, sleep, and keeping stress to a minimum in your life.

 

LINKS AND REFERENCES

Holistic Guide to Healing the Endocrine System and Balancing Our Hormones

WebMD:  The Endocrine System and Glands of the Human Body

The Science of Endocrine Activity and Disruption

How Hormones Affect the Metabolism 

Ways to Maintain a Healthy Endocrine System

Balancing the Endocrine System Naturally


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