Promoting Endocrine System Functionality


Artist's image of the digestive system

The human body is an extremely complex and powerful machine, with several different systems working together to help us survive. The nervous and circulatory systems flow throughout the body in sync with the skeletal system which allows people to move. The endocrine system, which is a collection of glands that secrete hormones, exists throughout the body. The hormones control many different functions of the human body, and can effect our emotions, weight, and internal organs. If any of the glands throughout the body stop working, there could be risks of disease or decreased health.

One serious illness often associated with the endocrine system is Crohn’s disease, which is a type if inflammatory bowel disease. People with Crohn’s disease often suffer extreme stomach pain, fever and diarrhea. Crohn’s can also lead to arthritis, anemia and bowel obstruction. While not only caused by endocrine system factors, it does play a role – many people with Crohn’s disease are found to have their immune system attacking certain antigens in the gastrointestinal tract. The fact that immune system failure can lead to endocrine system failure is a domino effect that must be managed. 

The are ways to balance the endocrine system in order to promote optimal function and health. The most important thing to do is eat a healthy diet full of leafy greens, whole grains and other foods rich in antioxidants. These foods contain important minerals, proteins and fatty acids all meant to ensure a healthy endocrine system. In addition, getting enough sleep and handling outside stress appropriately will also help to keep your glands going. When the body lacks proper sleep, hormones in the body can fall out of whack. Being over-stressed has the same effects, so make sure to relax before bedtime in order to fall asleep faster.

Balancing the endocrine system is vital for the human body to function and avoid serious maladies including Crohn’s disease. The glands throughout our body work in sync and if even one is off, it can be a major health hazard. If you believe that you may be suffering from Crohn’s disease or a similar digestive/intestinal issue, it’s imperative to see a doctor immediately. Endocrine system failure can lead to serious issues if left untreated, and must be dealt with. In addition to encouraging a healthy diet and plenty of rest, there may be additional prescriptions given including medicine or hormone therapy. 

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