The Master Gland.... The Hypothalamus

What exactly does it do?

  • This gland is responsible for many essential hormones & chemical functions that regulate temperature regulation, thirst, hunger, sleep, mood and sex drive.
  • It produces anti diuretic hormone - regulating fluid level in body, affects blood pressure and thirst.
  • Corticotropin releasing hormone - sends the message to your pituitary which then tells your adrenals to secrete stress hormones. Affects anxiety and appetite.
  • Gonadotropin releasing hormone - stimulates hormones that work on your testes/ovaries and initiates & maintains reproductive function.
  • Growth Hormone releasing hormone - stimulates the pituitary to produce growth hormone.
  • Oxytocin- affects bonding, sexual arousal, trust, lactation & childbirth, conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (in men).
  • Somatostatin - in central nervous system it works to inhibit other hormones like growth hormone or thyroid stimulating hormones. Inhibits growth releasing hormone... should be helping to maintain the proper balance.
  • Thyrotropin releasing Hormone - Stimulates product of thyroid producing hormone which affects metabolism, heart and digestive function, brain development & preservation of bones. The endocrine system is like a Symphony Orchestra. When things are going smoothly it's amazing. But if the conductor (pituitary) doesn't show up things don't go well.

And if the owner of the building (your Hypothalamus) doesn't show up and unlock the doors no-one gets to play.

Fortunately there is something you can do to help

Come find out at your next EDS evaluation & improve your "Orchestra"