Endocrine disorders are diseases related to the endocrine glands of the body. The endocrine system produces hormones, which are chemical signals sent out, or secreted, through the bloodstream. Hormones help the body regulate processes, such as appetite, breathing, growth, fluid balance, feminization and virilization, and weight control.
The endocrine system consists of several glands, including the pituitary gland and hypothalamus in the brain, adrenal glands in the kidneys, and thyroid in the neck, as well as the pancreas, ovaries and testes. The stomach, liver and intestines also secrete hormones related to digestion. Most common endocrine disorders are related to improper functioning of the pancreas and the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands.
There are many factors that can affect the proper functioning of the endocrine system including food allergies/sensitivities, GI dysfunction, lack of exercise, poor diet, infections, heavy metal toxicity and more. For most endocrine-related conditions, improvement of overall health is the first step. Other steps may include hormone balancing and boosting herbs and/or bio-identical hormones among others.
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