The Universe of Hormones

endocrineThere are so many hormones we still do not know them all! They come from glands that are located in our head, our neck, our abdomen, and even between our legs. Many of these (glands) are major contributors to our health and our longevity. They enhance our way of being. They secrete chemical messengers called hormones. To understand hormones we must understand the glands that secrete them. At the Baucom Institute, we want you to be informed and knowledgeable. So, let’s begin.

First on the list is the endocrine system which consists of an area of our brain called the hypothalamus which will secrete or stimulate the release of hormones from the pituitary gland as well as the suppression of other hormones. The pituitary gland is the master gland that stimulates the thyroid, the adrenals, as well as the ovaries and testes to secrete their hormones.

As the pituitary gland stimulates the secretion of messengers or other hormones to stimulate these glands, you begin to understand it is a highway of information that must go from the head, all the way through the body. For instance, “a group of non-sex hormones that many people have heard of is the endorphins, which belong to the category of chemicals known as opiates and serve to deaden our pain receptors. Endorphins, which are chemically related to morphine, are produced in response to pain. The natural response to rub an injured area, such as a pinched finger, helps to release endorphins in that area. People who exercise a lot and push their bodies “until it hurts” thereby stimulate the production of endorphins. It is thought that some people who constantly over-exercise and push themselves too much may actually be addicted to their own endorphins.” (from  University of Cincinatti Clermont College )

These glands must carry out their functions expertly if we are to have good health. Do you think there are some physical issues you are having which might be an indication that your endocrine system is not working properly?