- If your hair is looking super greasy, dried and straw-like, discolored, broken-off and fuzzy, frizzy, tangled, engrossed with split-ends, or you have an itchy scalp with dandruff/scaling: it’s your endocrine system.
- If your skin has a funny yellowish/other color tint, is producing lots of acne-causing oils and blackheads, growing abnormal amounts of hair/ingrown hairs, is dry, cracked, flaky or discolored: it’s your endocrine system.
- If your nails are splitting, breaking off, ingrown, bleeding or cracked at the cuticle, discolored, really thin, flimsy or extra thick: it’s your endocrine system.
- If you are constantly getting sick, have swollen lymph nodes, have a chronic ailment related to your immune system: it’s most likely due to a dysfunctional gland(s) within the endocrine system; unfortunately, this dysfunction may prove to be an accurate reflection of lifestyle choices.
Your endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate your body’s growth, metabolism, and sexual development and function. The hormones are released into the blood stream and transported to tissues and organs throughout the body. The endocrine system consists of:
- Pineal body-Involved with daily biological cycles
- Pituitary-Produces a number of different hormones that influence other various endocrine glands
- Hypothalamus-Activates and controls the part of the nervous system responsible for many involuntary bodily functions (for example, regulating sleep or stimulating appetite) and influences hormones
- Thyroid gland-Produces hormones that stimulate body heat production, bone growth, and the body’s metabolism
- Parathyroids-Secretes a hormone that maintains calcium levels in the circulatory system
- Thymus gland-Plays a role in the body’s immune system
- Adrenal glands-Divided into 2 regions; secrete hormones that influence the body’s metabolism, blood chemicals and body characteristics, as well as influence the part of the nervous system that is involved in the response and defense against stress
- Pancreas-Secretes a hormone (insulin) that controls the use of glucose by the body
- Ovaries-Secrete hormones that influence female characteristics
- Testicles-Secrete hormones that influence male characteristics
If any of these glands are not functioning the way they are supposed to, your body outwardly displays these problems through parts of us that essentially pertain to beauty standards (skin, hair, nails, sexual organs and our weight/body shape/size). Maintaining a healthy endocrine system helps your body perform many of its vital functions, such as growth, development, reproduction and immunity. The endocrine system may also affect some aspects of personality and behavior. An unhealthy endocrine system can result in thyroid diseases, osteoporosis and a variety of other problems, both large and small.
Protect your endocrine system, health and overall appearance by:
- Maintaining a balanced, healthy diet
- Be aware of family history pertaining to endocrine problems and take preventative measures against those problems which could be hereditary
- Find healthy ways to eliminate stress that can result in disorders or a weakened immune system
- Take a daily vitamin or supplement such as Biotin or others that support endocrine system hormones and glands