The balance of these glands are very important as they affect our overall health. Patients are often more familiar with the thyroid gland BUT our adrenals, parathyroid, pituitary, gonads and hypothalamus all make up the endocrine system.
If one gland is off be rest assured others will take a beating sooner or later. For example it is not uncommon for patients who suffer from adrenal fatigue to have poor sugar handling which is controlled by the hormone insulin. Over time, that can lead to a decrease in metabolism and in turn affect your thyroid function.
How to Maintain Optimal Health for Your Endocrine Glands?
Hormonal dysfunction in your body is rarely the primary cause of your ailments. Most often we need to check your digestion.
In particular we need to make sure that your body is able to digest and absorb nutrients well. Inability to digest foods due to lack of stomach acidity will affect your absorption of minerals. The inability to absorb minerals will in turn affect your body's enzymatic abilities. Hence your body cannot function at its optimal level. Bottom line, you do not have healthy hormonal functions when you are deficient in trace minerals.
Next, hormones love fat! The good ones that is. Are you eating enough of them? Start by replacing your oils with butter, coconut oil and lard. Consume fatty fish like tuna and salmon as these fish contain high amounts of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) that our bodies cannot produce, hence we need to consume them. Eat avocado daily as they are high in saturated fats and can also help to stabilize your blood sugar level. Eliminate all processed foods especially those that contain trans fats.
Trace Mineral for Endocrine Glands
Each trace mineral is related to an endocrine gland.
Manganese - Pituitary
Iodine - Thyroid
Copper - Adrenal
Chromium - Pancreas
Zinc - Prostate/ Uterus
Selenium - Testes/ Ovaries
How to Test for Deficiency
1) Iodine Patch Test - By placing a square patch of iodine on your inner arm, we want to monitor how quickly the iodine stain disappears from your skin. The quicker it disappears, the more deficient you are in iodine.
2) Hair Mineral Analysis Test - By analyzing your hair sample at a lab, we not only be able to test which trace minerals you are deficient in but also which heavy metals you are exposed to.
Our patients love doing these two tests as they establish a baseline for patients. With their results, we streamline their treatments and nutritional needs.
Call us at 909.590.4183 to schedule your test and appointment today!