Today there is a big rise in hormonal issues like PCOS and Thyroidism (Hypo or Hyper). Hormones take care of many functions of the whole body and help us continue our day to day activities with ease. But hormones are out of sync in today’s lifestyle. How can we take care of this issue?
Hormones get imbalanced because our glands do not release and stop them at the correct time i.e an overproduction or underproduction. The mechanism of systematic functioning is necessary for the harmonious function of our body. The feedback mechanism includes sending of hormones to the particular organ as per need and the gland controls when to stop sending hormones. But in some cases, this feedback mechanism stops functioning smoothly and this is when the disease starts.
So how we can make our glands healthier with the correct diet and exercise for the Seven Major glands?
1.Testes and Ovaries:
The sexual glands - testes in males and ovaries in females are the reproductive glands Procreation very much relies on the harmonious function of these two glands. Their functioning is further dependant on the natural lifestyle we follow. Simple things like walking on grass help in releasing stress and increase the functioning of the hormones released from these glands.
Adrenals have the most important function of fight and flight mechanism, Adrenals take on the role of maintenance of glucose in the body, lowering blood pressure alertness etc. Then we expose our body to adequate sunlight the cells become activated in releasing the hormones at the right time.
The hormones released by the pancreas is very much responsible for the breakdown of the food and absorption of the nutrient from the food we are eating. All the people who have recurrent complaints of acidity, constipation, gas, diabetes etc may be having problems with his gland. The pancreas has a major role in the working of our gastrointestinal tract. Plant-based nutrients we consume detoxifies our GUT and helps with metabolism.
Thymus gland has a major role to play in the immune system of the body, it contributes a lot in the functioning of lymphocytes and it helps in fighting foreign bodies. The combination of Vitamin C and sun exposure is best for improving immunity levels.
When the thyroid hormone is overworking this is the cause of hyperthyroidism and causes unwanted weight loss. When the gland is releasing hormones in a sluggish manner, it causes hypothyroidism and in turn obesity. In both cases, the cause is similar toxicity in the environment. Meditation contributes to balancing this gland for achieving homeostasis.
The pituitary gland, known as the master gland of the body, helps in controlling the function of the other glands and release of hormones. A lifestyle which is in touch with nature helps in balancing it.
From releasing hormones to the maintenance of body temperature, the hypothalamus keeps everything in order. Even our body clock is dependent on the function of the hypothalamus. Our sleep which is the most important thing for the maintenance of our body is regulated by the hypothalamus which is dependent on the food we eat, the air we breathe and the body which is fuelled with energy coming from nature.
These food groups will help you in achieving good Health :
Nuts: Nuts are abundant in fats makes sure our hormone-releasing glands are working smoothly.
Seeds: A very good source of vitamin E which helps in building up brainpower. The pituitary gland which controls all the hormones in the body has a major function of absorption of nutrients. Omega 3 is another nutrient present in seeds which helps in the enhancement of health.
Citric foods: Rich in anti-oxidants, citrus food has got all that is needed to balance our body and mind. In the nice winter season, consume Vitamin C for and high antioxidants.
Seasonal vegetables: Eating local fruits and vegetables are really beneficial as our digestive tract is designed to digest and assimilate locally available foods.
With a changed lifestyle, reap the benefits and achieve a harmoniously functioning body:
1. Sun basking: In ancient times, there was a ritual of pouring water while watching the Sun for energy and health. The Sun’s powerful radiation coming our way heals us and strengthens our glands. Basking in the sun for 15-20 minutes early morning will help in smoothening out your functions of all the glands.
2. Meditation: As they say, it all starts with the mind, Yes our mental and physical body health are interconnected. All we need is to keep them in sync so that we reap our benefits. Meditation for 10-15, by saying positive affirmations helps a lot in improving our health.
3. Exercise: Of course, the addition of exercises helps in treating illness but let’s look at some specific exercises.
Vigorous cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling tend to be very good at improving fertility
Yoga postures like Malasana, Sukhasana, Anjaneyasana.Gomukhasana, Halasana, Ardha Matsyendrasna should be part of your daily routine
Brisk walking in a garden for 30 minutes daily have a major role to play in an immune system, as the morning exposure outside helps in strengthening our body for the whole day.
Exercise good for the Thyroid gland are Sarvangasana, Bhujangasana and Setubandhasana
Exercises which are helpful for the Pituitary gland: Intensive exercises like sprints, weight training, running helps a lot in boosting the growth hormone
Exercises which helps in the functioning of the hypothalamus are Urdhvadhanurasana and Kapotasana
The glandular system is supported by the balance of food and exercise and other habits and with the above information, I hope that you will be able to lead to a healthy lifestyle.
(About Dr Khushbu Suthar: I am a Homeopathic Practitioner with specialisation in Diet Planning and Nutrition from Mumbai. I am holding a degree in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and by amalgamating these three, my aim in life is to research on mind, Body and Soul. Flamboyant colours of vegetables and Vivid Psychology of Human mind is what enchants me. An avid explorer of healing now practising in Bikaner is learning to get the best of both Beaches and dunes.)
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