You body has an amazing network of hormone producers and regulators that work together to ensure your growth, metabolism and sex hormones are all working as they should so you burn fat quickly, use energy efficiently, feel happy, and enjoy a great sex life.
This amazingly connected network runs through the middle of your body starting in the middle of your brain and ending in the ovaries or testes. One affects the other so it is hard to separate them in the discussion of weight loss and management.
Let’s start at the top and work our way down.
The hypothalamus is the link between the endocrine and the nervous system. It helps keep the body in balance (homeostasis) and helps stop and start the production of hormones in the body. Related to body fat, the hypothalamus helps regulate hunger and weight and also helps us sleep which keeps the carb cravings down. Here are the top foods and herbs to help support your hypothalamus:
– avocado (good fat)
– antioxidants in vegetables
– coffee and tea (maximum 3 cups/day)
– B vitamins (think brain, blood and burning fat when you think of B vitamins)
– schizandra chinensis
The “Master Gland” – the Pituitary Gland – has a great influence on all the other organs of the body and it produces several hormones. Your Pituitary Gland is responsible for:
– HGH: Promotes growth in childhood. For adults, it helps to maintain healthy muscle and bone mass.
– Prolactin: In women, it stimulates milk production. In males, low levels are linked to sexual problems.
– Adrenocorticotropic: Promotes the production of cortisol, which helps to reduce stress, maintain healthy blood pressure and resists belly fat.
– Thyroid-stimulating hormone: Helps to regulate the body’s thyroid, which is crucial in maintaining a healthy metabolism.
– Luteinizing hormone: In women, this hormone regulates estrogen. In men, it regulates testosterone.
– Follicle-stimulating hormone: Found in both men and women. It stimulates the releasing of eggs in women and helps ensure the normal function of sperm production in men.
– Oxytocin: This hormone causes pregnant women to start having contractions at the appropriate time and also promotes milk flow in nursing mothers.
– Antidiuretic hormone: Commonly referred to as vasopressin, this hormone helps to regulate water balance in the body.
Here are the top foods and herbs to help stimulate the Pituitary Gland:
– Protein: Helps stimulate hormone production, especially HGH.
– Manganese: Supports brain function, especially the Pituitary Gland. You can find manganese in leafy greens, nuts, legumes and whole grains.
– Vitamin E: A strong antioxidant which protects the Pituitary Gland. Foods high in vitamin E are dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, avocados, shellfish, fish, plant oils, broccoli, squash, and fruits.
– Vitamin D: Plays an important role in the pituitary gene expression, cellular growth and the ability to secrete hormones. Foods high in vitamin D are mushrooms, fish and eggs.
Stay tuned for Part 2….
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