Endocrine System Diagram for Understanding Hormones

Couple giving two young children piggyback rides smilingUnderstanding hormones is complicated. But this endocrine system diagram will help.

Your endocrine system is in charge of making the hormones that effect all your emotions and moods. So understanding hormones and how they work is vitally important to you.

Teeny-weeny hormonal messengers from your endocrine system travel in your bloodstream all through your body making things happen.

Hormones may be very small, but they’re still very powerful!

They move throughout your network of veins and vessels regulating and controlling an extraordinary number of your major bodily functions. And these tiny little controllers effect how you feel in a VERY BIG way!

Understanding Hormones and the Endocrine System

You have two kinds of glands. Exocrine glands have ducts that secrete chemicals such as saliva or sweat. But the endocrine glands are ductless, secreting the hormones they make directly into your bloodstream.

endocrineglands“Hormone” means to “urge on” or “excite.” And that’s exactly what they do. It’s amazing that something so small can have such a BIG impact!

For example, the amount of estrogen produced by the endocrine system in a woman’s entire lifetime weighs no more than a miniscule microchip. Yet your daily estrogen level can have a huge effect on how you feel.

Hormones control when an adolescent starts puberty and how they feel during the process. Hormones determine how you handle stress, how you react to an emergency and every single mood that affects you.

On top of all that, hormones influence whether you feel hungry or full, how you use the food you eat and whether or not you’re fat or thin!

And we all know about teenager’s raging hormones, monthly PMS blues and menopausal miseries. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Your hormones can work for you, instead of against you!

Endocrine System Diagram for Understanding Hormones

endocrinesystemSince hormones dramatically affect your health, attitude, energy, sense of security and fulfillment, productivity and feelings – both good and bad, it’s vitally important that you feed and care for them properly.

Seven Steps to Balance Your Hormones Naturally

These seven steps to a super healthy lifestyle can have a major positive impact on the health of your endocrine system, your natural hormone balance and the emotions you experience on a day to day basis.

1. Eat a healthy diet. Low-fat protein, vegetables, fruit and the essential oils found in omega 3 fish, whole grains and nuts are most important.

2. Manage stress. Too much tension and prolonged stress causes adrenal exhaustion. But relaxation techniques, like meditation and yoga, plus getting enough rest and exercise makes a huge positive difference.

3. Exercise daily. Moderate regular exercise is an absolute must. And a daily half-hour walk or a low-impact home video workout is enough.

4. Drink more water. You need to replenish the 8 to 10 cups of water your body uses every day. No other liquid provides the benefits of water.

5. Take supplements. No matter how good your diet, you can’t possibly get the super nutrition you need to balance hormones naturally. Good quality health supplements, high in B-complex, can fill in the gaps.

6. Live a healthy life. Bad habits reek havoc on your glandular system. To balance your hormones naturally, avoid unhealthy foods, give up smoking and reduce or eliminate drinking alcohol, coffee and sodas.

7. Think positively. Learning to steer your mind in a positive direction, no matter what’s going on in your body or your life, can have a major positive effect on your health, your endocrine system and how you feel.

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Comments

  1. dorothee says

    Hello Ms Greene

    I have read that soya products affect the endocrine system negatively; but some people say, don’t drink milk have soya milk. What do you think?
    Thank you for your report on the endocrine system, very informative.

    • says

      Hi Dorothee! Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you found this article so informative.

      Soy? Wow! This is certainly a hot and contentious topic these days. I ought to write an article about soy and address some of the issues at hand. Thanks for bringing it up.

      As far as adding soy and soy products to your diet, here’s what I have to say about it. I think it is perfectly safe – and nutritionally healthy – to add NON-GMO soy and soy products to an already WELL BALANCED AND NUTRIENT DIVERSE DIET. How do you like that emphasis? :-)

      And this is not without precedence. Many Asian cultures have eaten soy as part of their healthy diets for centuries and enjoy some of the healthiest lifestyles on the planet.

      Personally, I think were some people go wrong – well-intentioned, health-minded people – is when they overreact to negative news about other food groups and change their diets exclusively to soy, eating soy milk, soy flour, soy protein and all the other processed soy foods daily.

      No one was meant to eat one food group exclusively like this. We need nutrient diversity or we’ll end up malnourished and sick.

      I hope this addresses your question – albeit brief. Thanks for dropping by!

      • says

        Hello Moss Greene

        I like the emphasis on GM Soy and diverse foods; someone said that when you eat a soy product, you should eat seaweed at the same time to keep thyroid happy.

        I would love to read your report on Soy when you do it.

        Regards.

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