Hypothalamus Disorders

The Hypothalamus

It is a small area in the center of the brain that has many functions.  It serves an important role in hormone production.  It has an important role in the nervous system as well as in the endocrine system of the human body.  It is also linked to another small and vital gland called the Pituitary Gland.

The location of the Hypothalamus gland is below the Thalamus and right above the stem of the brain.  It is about the size of an almond in humans.

It controls certain metabolic processes and other activities of the Autonomic Nervous System.  It synthesizes and secretes neurohormones, often called Hypothalamic-Releasing hormones.  They control and regulate the secretion of the Pituitary hormones.

Functions of the Hypothalamus:

Hypothalamus-pituitary diagram

  • Controls the release of 8 major hormones by the pituitary gland
  • Controls the temperature of the body
  • Controls food and water intake as well as hunger and thirst
  • Controls sexual behavior and reproduction
  • Controls daily cycles in the physiological state and behavior known as the circadian rhythm
  • Intervenes in emotional responses

Disorders of the Hypothalamus

Another term for this disorder is known as Hypothalamic Disease.  The diseases of the Hypothalamus are very hard to pinpoint because the Hypothalamus has such a wide range of roles in the endocrine system.

One of the important roles of the Hypothalamus is signaling the Pituitary Gland to release hormones to the rest of the endocrine system.  It is very difficult for doctors to determine which gland isn’t working properly.  They often call these disorders Hypothalamus-Pituitary Disorders.  The doctor may prescribe some tests to try and get to the root of the disorder.

Some causes or symptoms of the Hypothalamic Disease may include:

  • Eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia
  • Genetic disorders that cause excess iron buildup in the body
  • Malnutrition or an imbalanced diet
  • Inflammation
  • Infections
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness or vertigo

Dietary Tips

Diets high in polyunsaturated fats, like omega-3 fatty acids, can help to reverse inflammation in the Hypothalamus.  These fats may be a safe alternative to other types of oils and fats.  Foods with high omega-3 content include:  fish, walnuts, flax seeds, eggs, chia seeds, and dark leafy vegetables.

Additional healthy dietary choices to support the Hypothalamus and optimal brain function include vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables as well as Vitamin C and B Vitamin Supplements.

Foods that are particularly high in vitamin C include:
  • papaya
  • citrus fruits
  • strawberries
  • bell peppers
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • dark leafy greens, such as kale, mustard greens, and chard

Assortment of healthy protein source and body building foodThe vitamin B family has many benefits, so including a variety of foods rich in these vitamins in your diet is smart. In addition to being an immune system booster, the B vitamins keep the brain and nervous system healthy and help maintain energy levels and other vital functions.  healthy-protein-source.jpg


A working Hypothalamus is one of the most important parts of the body and usually goes unnoticed until it stops working properly.

Non-Invasive Test                                  iqs3systemv1

Interactive Query System (IQS™)

A test is performed by an extensively trained health consultant using Interactive Query System also known as IQS™.  It is also referred to as Interrogatory Biofeedback which provides valuable insight for a large number of people and their health.  It is a system that communicates with the “innate intelligence” of the person receiving the test.  It does not offer any “diagnosis”.  It can, however, record the response to a wide variety of questions associated with the stresses or weaknesses of the body.  


On October 25, 2017, I woke up with several symtoms including vertigo, headache, and slightly upset stomach.  I got up and drank a glass of water and ate some breakfast but that didn’t alleviate the symptoms.  I couldn’t understand why I was feeling this way so I called the Clinician that does the IQS tests at Healthy Life Institute.  

All but one area of my body was functioning normal except for one area of the Endocrine System, the Hypothalamus.  The IQS reported that I had a weakness there.  The clinician gave me some instructions of what to do next and to report back for a follow-up in two weeks.  The test was non-invasive and thorough and as a result I have followed the advice of the clinician and the symptoms have not returned.  C. A. Larsen of Orem UT


We at Healthy Life Institute invite you or your loved ones, who are experiencing any of the above-mentioned issues, to schedule an appointment.  Call Gerry, our clinician, at 801-358-4777 by appointment at 1156 S State Street, Suite 206, Orem UT.


Online:  Medical News Today, Sep 2, 2016


Pastured vs. Free-Range Eggs

Where do you get your Eggs?

If you get your eggs from the supermarket, you never really know how long they’ve been sitting there on the shelf or how ago they’ve been transported to the supermarket, etc.

So, you think if you buy Organic eggs from the supermarket you’re eating healthy?

Or, you think if you buy eggs that say Free-Range from the supermarket, you’re eating healthy?

These terms have been hijacked by the food industry into making you believe that you are eating healthy.

Eggs are one of the most economical ways to increase the nutrients in your family’s diet. Eggs are full of vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, beta carotene, cholesterol (which is good for you), and saturated fat (also good for you).

Buy only pastured eggs from local farmers who keep their chickens outdoors and let them roam around in the sun, eating bugs and worms.  I also only buy eggs from farmers who do not feed their chickens soy.  They are not really that much more to buy from your local farmer.

Here are photographs to compare eggs:

Local Farmer

Local Farmer

Variety of Pastured Eggs

Variety of Pastured Eggs

Egg Yolks
Egg Yolks


Which Eggs would you rather Eat?

I choose to get fresh eggs from the chicken farmer that have the proper nutrients without antibiotics.

Healthy Life Institute holds Health Education Workshops that are free.  Come join us on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.


A Natural Fix for Heart Disease

The effects of long-term L-arginine supplementation on ninety patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors were in a recent study in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology June 7 2010.  They were randomly assigned to two groups.  One group received oral L-arginine and the other received placebo capsules.  The patients were evaluated for a number of health factors such as lipid profile, glucose, insulin, and arterial elasticity.

The patients receiving the oral L-arginine showed a decrease in systolic blood pressure, peripheral vascular resistance and decrease in aldosterone levels.
L-arginine is an amino acid and a powerful player in your cardiovascular health.  
This is what the emerging research pointed out. Later research found that supplementation with L-arginine resulted in many beneficial vascular effects in people with multiple risk factors for heart disease.
Importance of Nitric Oxide
Nitric oxide is a gas released in your body as a cellular signaling molecule that promotes healthy blood vessel flexibility and dilation.  It enhances your blood flow when produced by blood vessel cells; It supports healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range; and it is used as a signal molecule in your brain and immune system.
Another important function of the release of nitric oxide is to help relax muscle cells in your veins and the cells lining your blood vessels to support a healthy blood flow.
L-arginine Useful for Supporting Heart Health
Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans for all age groups.  An estimated 785,000 Americans suffered from heart attacks in 2009. Did you know that one person dies from a coronary event every minute?  This statistic came from the U.s. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • L-arginine is needed in your blood vessels to create nitric oxide.
  • L-arginine promotes healthy blood pressure levels for healthy people who are already within the normal range
  • L-arginine improves and supports the layer of cells in the lining of your blood vessels
  • L-arginine promotes a healthy cardiovascular system
What happens when we age?
The amount of nitric oxide in your body declines as part of the aging process. This is why a high-quality L-arginine supplement may be a simple way to enhance your body’s supply, especially if you know you have risk factors for heart disease.  We at Healthy Life Institute are able to test your L-arginine levels.
For example:  Is it hereditary? Does a member of your immediate family have a history of heart disease?
Risk Factors include:
  • high blood pressure
  • excess weight
  • high insulin levels (diabetes)
  • metabolic syndrome

More Tips for Heart Health

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It is important to remember that there is much more to the health of your heart than just your body’s production of L-arginine and Nitric Oxide.Low levels of Vitamin D in your blood have long been correlated with a higher risk of heart disease and heart attacks.  A study found women who take Vitamin D supplements lowers their risk of death from heart disease by one-third.

Because we live on the earth’s northern hemisphere, the amount of sun exposure is very limited during winter months.  Take Vitamin D3 supplements to keep your level in the optimal range.  It should be a source of Fat Soluble Vitamins (Omega Fatty Acids 3, 6 & 9). We at Healthy Life Institute can guide you – monitor your Vitamin D3* level.

Healthy Life Institute can help YOU “Take Control of Your Health”.  Call 801-317-1647 to schedule your initial consultation with one of our Health and Lifestyle Coaches.


Dr. Mercola, “Emerging Research Suggests Heart Disease Could Have a Natural Fix!”, Posted August 12, 2010

*Systemic Formulas, Inc.

Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

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We grow our own grapes and make grape juice. We pick after first frost; they are naturally sweet - no added sugar.

Did you know that 2% of Population grows food for the other 98% of the population!*

 Isn’t it sad that 29,000 children died between May and July 2011 because of malnutrition and starvation in Africa? *

We are so blessed as citizens of the United States!  We have such a large variety of food to choose from.  We ought to be grateful for our blessings!

Hydrogenated oils are a type of Bad Fat!  It is an ingredient in a lot of our pre-packaged or already made foods.  It is also an ingredient in foods served in fast food chains.  Even the salads taste fake!

Good Fats include:

  • Olive Oil – a healthy kitchen staple – disadvantage is that it becomes rancid when heated at a high temperature
  • **Coconut – rich in polyphenols, coconut oil’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help promote brain and heart health, reduce cholesterol, and manage metabolism.  Try unrefined virgin coconut oil for a sweeter, buttery taste.  Great to put on homemade popcorn and yummy in smoothies.
  • **Grapeseed – extracted from potent, antioxidant-rich grape seeds, which are often discarded in the winemaking process.  Grapeseed oil has a distinct, almost fruity taste that works well combined with peppers and fresh herbs like cilantro, rosemary, and garlic.  It is appropriate for making veggie stir-fries and other high-temperature dishes.
  • **Hemp – has a balanced blend of omega-3 and omega-6 fats; benefits everything from your heart and brain to hair and skin.  It has a slightly nutty flavor to complement fresh herb and vegetable salads.  As a vinaigrette, whisk
    together hemp oil, vinegar, lemon zest, and mustard for a vibrant taste.  You can also stir into cooked grains.
  • **Sunflower – a neutral flavor ultrarich in vitamin E  and low in saturated fat.  It can help reduce cholesterol and support heart health.  You can use it for grilling or frying, too.  

If you are still confused or would like more information about eating healthy, you can enter your information on the Contact Us page or you may call Healthy Life Institute at 801-358-4777 for class information or for ordering our Wellness Coaching Guide.  


*Peggy Layton, author of several Food Reserve Books,

**Neda Habibi, deliciousliving, p 17, August 2011

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