The endocrine system is the messenger system of the body. It is controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain, and is responsible for sending hormones throughout the body to maintain all biological processes and functioning, as well as emotional responses, reactions and stability. Overstimulation of the adrenal glands increases cortisol, and initiates the body’s fight, flight or freeze responses. It’s important to note our endocrine system evolved to ensure we could escape dangers in the open wild. The endocrine system does not, however, differentiate between the stress of being chased by a lion or having to meet an extreme deadline at school or work. In today’s world, it’s important to help the system by practicing mindfulness and eating right to control the system as needed.
Signs of Optimal Health & Wellness
Major indicators of thriving include:
Normal growth patterns
Natural development of the brain and nervous system
Normal operating of the body’s organs and reproductive system
Appropriate emotional responses to triggers
Indicators of warning or decline include:
Physical growth problems in certain areas of the body, or for the body as a whole
Impotency or challenges in the reproductive system
Lack of functioning in motor skills
General hormonal imbalances
Inappropriate or excessive emotional responses
Symptoms of anxiety, stress or PTSD
Regular rest, healthy eating and exercise all contribute to a well-functioning endocrine system. Specifically, a healthy physical body plays an important role in ensuring the endocrine system is working properly. However, mental and emotional health is equally important to this system. Responses to trauma and emotional triggers can overstimulate the endocrine system. One of the most important questions to ask oneself is, “Am I physically, mentally and emotionally responding appropriately to the situation?”.
Get plenty of rest
Utilize Shaking Therapy
It’s often time to seek help whenever any signs of warning or decline are present. Certain intervention may be to help stabilize and restore the endocrine system to optimal functioning. Talk to your doctor about your overall health.