We spend a lot of time talking to people about detoxifying, inflammation, malnutrition, metabolism and inflammation. That is the conversation typically heard in the health food or supplement store. One topic that should be included, but is often left out are hormones. Hormones, even though they are very subtle, actually control all the aspects previously mentioned. Hormones are the true measure of your health. They are directly related to your state of mind and well-being. Nutrient deficits or excess of toxicity will prevent your body from being able to produce the hormones it needs to function correctly.
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. Besides adrenalin, your adrenals produce a not very well understood hormone called cortisol as well as epinephrine and norepinphrine. The latter two deal with our fight or flight responses while the former deals with the osmotic balance in your blood stream.
Cortisol causes you to retain sodium, which then causes high blood pressure. So to reverse high blood pressure, you could either eat less salt, or relax a bit. Which would you prefer?
Hormones are intrinsically linked with how our body does or does not function and to ignore them is the biggest risk you can take with your health.