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The Body’s Master Glands
The Body’s Master Glands - Hypothalamus /Pituitary / Pineal
for ageing, weight, higher consciousness and more ...
Did you know the 3 upper level glands work harmoniously to assist hunger, thirst, weight, sleep patterns, ageing, sex drive, moods and higher states of consciousness? The subject of hormones often times elicits notions of women and moods. Yet this is far from the truth. Yes, both male and female bodies have an endocrine system and produce hormones and there are 9 main gland centres.
Little thought is given to the upper 3, the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, yet these 3 glands and their hormones perform master functions in regulating the other gland systems and are linked to our higher capabilities.
Hypothalamus (pronounced: hi-po-tha-luh-mus) - its primary function is to regulate homeostasis.
Not considered by some as a true endocrine gland, the hypothalamus has a significant role to play. Situated in the brain beneath the thalamus, it consists of many aggregations of nerve cells and controls a variety of autonomic functions aimed at maintaining homeostasis. It sends two hormones, growth hormone (GH) and growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) to the pituitary gland. It also governs the body’s acid/alkaline balance, makes us sweat if it’s hot, keeps us breathing regularly, and controls the part of the nervous system that regulates involuntary muscles.
Like the pineal gland, the hypothalamus plays an important role in hunger, thirst, sodium levels and when our fluid systems are out of whack the hypothalamus signals a need for electrolytes or water.
Pineal (pronounced: pih-nee-ul) - its primary function is to regulate the body’s circadian rhythms.
The size of a pea, the pineal gland lies immediately beneath the hypothalamus in a tiny cave at the centre of the brain. As the last endocrine gland discovered, it was once shrouded in myth, superstition and metaphysical theories. The ancient Greeks believed it was our connection to the “realms of thought,” French philosopher Renee Descartes referred to it as “the seat of the human soul” and many mystical traditions hail this gland as the connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds.
On a physiological level, the pineal gland is activated by light and works in harmony with the hypothalamus gland directing the body’s thirst, hunger, sexual desire and biological clock. Producing the hormone melatonin, the pineal gland controls sleep-wake rhythms, signals the reproductive system to set a child’s birth in motion, moderates the states of euphoria and depression, acts as an antioxidant that scavenges free radicals and is important for the regulation of many immune hormones in the body.
Pituitary(pronounced: puh-too-uh-ter-ee) - its primary function is to stimulate growth and cell production.
The pituitary gland, although not much bigger than a pea has a huge reputation and is hailed as a master. Located in a small bony cavity behind the root of the nose, it is linked to the hypothalamus via a small stalk at the base of the brain. Often referred to as the third eye possessing mystical powers it is known to contain a complete map of the visual field of the eyes. This master gland is divided into two parts: the anterior lobe and the posterior lobe and makes hormones that control several other endocrine glands. For example — the thyroid hormone is made upon the pituitary’s request. It is then released into the body in the form of thyrotrophic hormone. The pituitary also secretes endorphins, chemicals that act on the nervous system to reduce sensitivity to pain. Exhaustion in the pituitary function can weaken the sex drive.
As with the hypothalamus and the pineal, the pituitary gland form part of the communication centre and combine visual, auditory, speech and learning approaches. When heightened, many of the higher intellectual capabilities manifest themselves. Imbalanced function can lead to impairments in dyslexia, stuttering and inability to think clearly as well as lack of interest and forgetfulness.
Take the test
This is just one of the two self-care tests for the pituitary gland (more in Your Personal Tuning Fork the Endocrine System) and relies on the simple act of observation.
When moving from a darkened environment - from inside rooms moving to outdoor sunlight or lights switched on during the night - do you find discomfort as your eyes adjust to the light? Any discomfort with the eyes or onset of headaches when adjusting from dark to light or light to dark can indicate a sluggish pituitary, pineal or hypothalamus gland.
You can read more about these amazing glands along with more self-care tests and natural corrective measures in Your Personal Tuning Fork the Endocrine System.
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