Your vital functions within your body are influenced by the endocrine system. Our endocrine systems are composed of many glands including the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, adrenals, ovaries, and testes. These glands secrete hormones, or chemical messengers into the bloodstream. The hypothalamus receives information from the nervous system and uses this information to make hormones to target other glands. It acts as the “master” of all the other glands. Once the glands are triggered to release their hormones, these hormones will go out into the bloodstream seeking their targets.
In today’s society, hormone imbalances are very prevalent. Do you think you might have a hormone imbalance? Here are some signs:
- Hot flashes & Night sweats
- Weight Gain
- Sugar Cravings
- Inability to focus
…. among countless others.
When the body is in homeostasis (normal balance), the precise amount of hormones are released into the bloodstream and the body functions smoothly; but when the control mechanism malfunctions – either too much or too little of a particular hormone is secreted, or when an organ or tissue does not respond efficiently – the results can be severe or even fatal.
Traditionally, the medical approach to hormone imbalances calls for drugs, radiation, and surgery. Primarin, prescribed for menopause symptoms comes from a very shocking source – the urine of pregnant horses: PregnantMareUrin. Drugs such as these can actually create a larger imbalance and make a person much worse.
So how does this all relate to chiropractic? Much like last week’s post, it all lies in the health of the spine. When a spine is in alignment and the life energy from the brain can flow through the rest of the body, all of your endocrine organs. When stresses are placed upon the body and a subluxation occurs (shift of bones in the spine out of place), that energy cannot flow properly. Now these vital endocrine organs are not receiving enough energy and will not secrete the hormones as they should.