Podcast 283: Glandular Fitness for Losing Weight
Which food perks you up? Or slows you down? Your Metabolic Type affects how foods impact your life, your moods and many aspects of your health.
Several glands are part of the endocrine system that creates our hormones. The glands include thyroid, adrenals, gonads, pineal gland and pituitary gland. The thyroid is the gland that controls your metabolism. Your adrenals are involved in dealing with the stress you experience throughout the day or night.
The thyroid gland is an important endocrine gland regulating metabolism in every cell of your body.
Until a little more than one hundred years ago, the single controlling force for all of the complex processes that go on in the human body was thought to be the nervous system. But there were too many phenomena that, when carefully analyzed, seemed to have no relationship to the nervous system, too many differences in people–in size and energy, for example–that could not be accounted for satisfactorily in terms of nervous activity alone.
The explanation was to be found in certain glands, the endocrines, of which the thyroid is one and, in fact, one of the first to be discovered. Because commonly used tests for thyroid function are not accurate particularly when it comes to mild and even some moderate forms of hypothyroidism, and many if not most of those with low thyroid function remain undiscovered.
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The pituitary (or hypophysis) is a small gland, no larger than a pea, located at the base of the brain in the small depression of the sphenoid bone called the sella turcica.
It is controlled by the hypothalamus to which it is attached and is sometimes referred to as the master gland because its function is to coordinate the nervous system and the endocrine system.