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The Amazing Body Systems:
The System functions:
The endocrine system is made up of glands that produce and secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system to be carried towards distant target organs. Hormone levels that are too high or too low indicate a problem with the endocrine system.
Glands are controlled directly by stimulation from the nervous system as well as by chemical receptors in the blood and hormones produced by other glands.
Hormones regulate many different processes such as:
- Cellular metabolism
- Sexual development
- Sugar and mineral homeostasis
- Heart rate
What you can do to help support a healthy Endocrine System:
Essential Vitamins & Minerals: Adaptogenic herbs, Carotenoids, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
Foods to include:
Strawberries, Pear, Apple, Banana, Figs
Spinach, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Artichoke, Carrots
Organic Pasture-Raised Chicken, Organic Pasture-Raised Turkey, Wild-Caught Salmon and Cod, Shrimp, Eggs
Nut & Seeds
Brazil Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Flaxseed, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds
Black Beans, Oats, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Seaweed
Daily morning cleanse: 8-12oz of lemon water.
Foods you should avoid or limit:
Do your best to read the labels on packaged food. If the names are too hard to pronounce, they are likely chemical based ingredients and not very good for you.
- Processed and high-sodium foods such as cured ham, bacon, sausage
- Foods that contain all-purpose flour such as pizza, bagels, pretzels, white bread, and flour tortillas.
- Foods containing artificial sweeteners like Sucralose such as yogurt, cereal, whole grain muffins
andbread and microwave popcorn.
- Beware of “reduced sugar” labels which are usually loaded with artificial sweeteners such as fruit juice, ketchup, jams, jelly, syrup, soda, sports drinks, ice cream
Artificial sweeteners you should try to avoid:
Aspartame, Acesulfame potassium, Alitame, Cyclamate, Dulcin, Equal, Glucin, Kaltame, Mogrosides, Neotame, NutraSweet, Nutrinova, Phenylalanine, Saccharin, Splenda, Sorbitol, Sucralose, Twinsweet, Sweet ‘N Low, Xylitol
Physical activity is essential for good health. New studies show even 15 minutes of elevated heart rate from activity has numerous benefits. Find activities you enjoy doing and aim for at least 15 minutes 4 to 5 times per week.
- CARDIO: Biking, Hiking, Walking, Running, Swimming, Dancing, Zumba
- STRENGTH: Weight Training, Pilates, Vigorous Yoga, P90X, Crossfit, Barre
- FLEXIBILITY: Yoga and Stretching
Common signs and symptoms associated with the endocrine system include fatigue, cold/heat intolerance, hair loss, weight gain/loss, irregular heartbeats, irregular menstrual cycle, pelvic pain and infertility.
- Addison’s Disease/Adrenal Insufficiency – A disorder in which the adrenal glands don’t produce enough hormones.
- Hyperthyroidism – The overproduction of a hormone by the thyroid.
- Hypothyroid – Thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone to meet the body’s needs.
- Obesity – Increased body fat. A person is considered obese if fat is 20% or more than the recommended normal weight.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – The development of many cysts on the ovaries leading to female hormone disruption and hyperproduction of androgens, (testosterone).This can cause irregular menstrual cycles, pain and infertility.
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) – A group of symptoms that occur in women, typically between ovulation and a period associated with fluctuating or irregular hormones.
- Prostatitis – Swelling of the prostate.
- Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes – a condition in which the body does not properly process glucose, a simple sugar and the hormone insulin is ineffective in processing sugars.