So what does it really mean?

The endocrine system, responsible for producing and releasing hormones, plays a crucial role in coordinating essential functions throughout our bodies, including metabolism, growth, mood regulation, reproduction, and maintaining homeostasis.

When this delicate balance is disrupted by factors such as stress, poor nutrition, exposure to toxins, or certain medications, it can have profound effects on our health. Understanding how these changes impact our well-being is key to optimizing our health and vitality

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Is vital for regulating metabolism, temperature, bone turnover, skin/hair and neuromuscular function. While lab values are important, relying solely on them may overlook issues like subclinical hypothyroidism. In such cases, addressing deficiencies in nutrients like vitamin D,E, iodine, zinc, and selenium becomes crucial, as they are essential for thyroid hormone production and conversion. Many of your symptoms may be due to these deficiencies or toxins that have thyroid disrupting potential: dioxins, pesticides, mercury, perchlorate to name a few.

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 Play a vital role in our response to stress, secreting catecholamines such as adrenaline and noradrenaline, which help prepare the body for fight or flight situations. Additionally, they produce glucocorticoids like cortisol, which influence metabolism, behavior, heart function, and the immune system.

During times of stress, catecholamines increase heart rate, blood pressure, and energy levels to mobilize resources for action. Meanwhile, glucocorticoids regulate metabolism, control inflammation, and modulate immune responses.

Deficiencies in the adrenal gland can lead to a range of symptoms, including weight loss, fatigue, diarrhea, muscle and joint pain, and salt cravings. Proper functioning of the adrenal glands is essential for maintaining overall health and responding effectively to stressors in daily life.







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Diabetes and insulin resistance stem from hormonal imbalances, particularly involving insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin helps regulate glucose levels in the blood, allowing cells to utilize glucose for energy.
In diabetes, the body either doesn't produce enough insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or becomes resistant to its effects (Type 2 diabetes). Insulin resistance occurs when cells fail to respond properly to insulin, leading to elevated blood glucose levels.
When the pancreas is exposed to wide swings of insulin and glucose due to these conditions, it can become overworked and eventually "burn out." This can result in a range of symptoms, including excessive thirst, tingling sensations in the feet and hands, frequent urination, difficulty concentrating, and susceptibility to frequent infections.

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Did you know that Vitamin D is a hormone? It is a secosteroid hormone that is produced by the action of UVB, Sun.  It does more than just calcium and phosphorus balance for our bone health but helps our immune system, brain health, mood, decrease muscle pain and inflammation and much more. Get your level checked as I try and keep my patients ~50ng/mL.

Our endocrine system is highly susceptible to the effects of toxic chemicals. For instance, fluoride acts as an antagonist to iodine, a vital element required for thyroid hormone synthesis. Similarly, mercury when accumulated in the thyroid gland, can impair iodine uptake. Toxins can also disrupt female hormones leading to decreased fertility and contributing to conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome ((PCOS).

Our gut flora of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) produce many different peptide and neurohormones that play a fundamental role in our hormone balance and "how we feel."  Stop refined, processed foods and add fermented foods such as fermented vegetables/grains, kefir, homemade stocks/soups. Adding a good probiotic with many different species (Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Saccharomyces...) and around 10-20 billion bacterial cells per day. 

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