When hormones are disrupted, the skin will also be disrupted and suffer.
The endocrine system is the body’s system that is in control of the hormones. The glands secrete hormones into the blood stream to be used by speciﬁc organs or for speciﬁc functions. The major endocrine glands include the pineal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, and adrenal glands.
The tiny pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain. Even though it is small it plays a big part in secreting growth hormones to regulate body and bone tissue growth. The gland also controls the balance of water in the body. A body that is dehydrated will have a shallow skin tone. The rear lobe of the pituitary gland increases the pigmentation in the skin.
The pineal gland is located in the middle of the brain. This gland is in charge of secreting melatonin. The hormone, melatonin, helps regulate sleep patterns. Having good sleep is so important for the repair and health of the skin.
The pancreas is also part of the body’s hormone-secreting system, even though it is also associated with the digestive system because it produces and secretes digestive enzymes. The digestive process is so important for ﬂushing toxic waste from the body to keep the skin looking healthy.
The ovaries and testes control the hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. When these hormones are not functioning properly, a loss of skin elastin and collagen can occur. Also, an increase in break outs of acne can arise.
The thyroid gland that is located in the neck sometimes producing too many hormones – hyperthyroidism – resulting in hair loss, itching, clammy skin and excessive sweating. On the other hand, when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones – hypothyroidism – the results can cause sensitive and dry skin with a shallow yellow hue. The hair and ﬁngernails can also become brittle.
The parathyroid glands are four tiny glands attached to the thyroid gland that releases the hormone parathyroid that regulates the body’s calcium level. Calcium is important for skin renewal.
The adrenal glands are two glands attached to the top of each kidney. These glands produce the hormones corticosteroid and catecholamine. They regulate salt and water balance, blood pressure, and heart rate when stress is experienced. They also help balance the body’s metabolism, immune system system, and sexual development and function. Also involved is the important regulation of the body’s response to inﬂammation. The skin wants to avoid inﬂammation.
The key to keeping a healthy endocrine system is by eating a healthy diet to nourish these important glands. In turn, you will be nourishing your skin for continual turn over of renewed skin cells and a healthy vibrant glow.
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