What the heck is the Endocrine System (and how to support it for cyclical health)?
The endocrine system has a huge job to do and influences almost every cell, organ, and function of your body.
It is made up of glands that make your hormones and releases them into the bloodstream which then travel to cells in other parts of the body.
Hormones are the body's chemical messengers (think little carrier pigeons)
They carry information and instructions from one set of cells to another.
But what does it do?
Brace for the science…..
The endocrine hormones play a crucial role in regulating mood, growth, development, metabolism, reproduction, and organ functions.
This intricate system carefully controls the release of hormones, influenced by existing levels in the bloodstream. Things that can vary hormone levels are stress, infection, and shifts in the balance of fluid and minerals in the blood.
What makes up the Endocrine system?
The Hypothalamus is the maestro of your endocrine system and controls the whole show. It uses information from your nervous system to tell other glands when to produce hormones. It's your mood, hunger, thirst, sleep, and sexy time manager.
Known as the "master gland," it bosses around other hormone glands like your thyroid, adrenals, and ovaries. It also plays a big role in reproduction, signalling the release of hormones and keeping tabs on the menstrual cycle.
Hangs out in the middle of your brain, releasing melatonin (essential for a good night's sleep) to keep your sleep-wake cycle (circadian rhythm) in check.