The Endocrine System is made up of glands that secrete and produce hormones to help your body function properly.
The Endocrine system helps control:
- Growth and development
- The internal balance of body systems
- Metabolism (body energy levels)
- Reproduction and sexual development
- Response to stimuli (stress or injury)
The major glands of the endocrine system are:
The Hypothalamus (a portion of the brain that controls body temperature, hunger, attachment behaviors, thirst, fatigue, sleep and circadian rhythms)
The Pituitary gland (pea sized gland situated just behind the bridge of your nose and controls other hormone glands like the thyroid, adrenals, ovaries and testicles)
The Thyroid Gland (a large gland in the neck that secretes hormones regulating growth and development)
The Parathyroid Gland (small glands located behind the Thyroid and controls calcium, a very important element in our bodies)
The Adrenal Glands (two small glands at the top of your kidneys that produce hormones like cortisol, aldosterone and adrenaline which helps your body respond to stress and helps control blood pressure)
The Pineal Gland (a very small gland right in the centre of the brain that secretes a single hormone melatonin, which helps your circadian rhythm and regulates your reproductive hormones)
The Reproductive Organs (ovaries and testes)
The Pancreas (an organ that plays an important role in converting the food we eat into fuel for our cells) it is also a part of The Endocrine system.
So you can see how important it is to stay clear of any chemicals that disrupt your endocrine system..We eat, breathe, drink and touch endocrine disrupting chemicals every day, some can remain in our environment for centuries and stay in our bodies for years.