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.


Truth About Smoothies

Do you care?

“Take good care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live.”  Jim Rohn

What goes into your smoothie?  Some smoothies may look delicious, but they are literally packed with calories and sugar.  You may think you’re getting an energy boost, only to crash in about an hour or so.

I’ve recently learned that smoothies from Jamba Juice and Planet Smoothie are packed full of sugar and sodium.  For example: a 24-ounce Peanut Butter Moo’d smoothie from Jamba Juice contained 770 calories, 126 grams of carbs, 109 grams of sugar, 20 grams of fat (4.5 grams of that is saturated!), and 490 milligrams of sodium.

Another example:  Planet Smoothie’s Strawberry Mr. Mongo Workout Blast has 400 calories, zero fat and only 150 milligrams of sodium, but contains 58 grams of sugar.  That’s twice as much sugar content than a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar.

We attribute our great health and vitality to our ‘Breakfast Smoothie’ that we’ve had for over a decade.  We know that breakfast can be a challenge, but it is the most important meal of the day.  There needs to be an ideal mix of the following ingredients; otherwise, you will easily become hungry.

Place the following in a Powerful Blender:

Fresh Fruits (organic apple–wash, core and quarter; berries–fresh or frozen; and apricots–rinse, split and discard pit.  These fruits are packed with antioxidant properties and fiber)

Vegetables (fresh zucchini, kale, cucumber–remove skin, etc.)

Healthy Fats (*Omega Liquid 3-6-9 by Systemic Formulas, Inc.)

Fiber (1 – 3 scoops daily of *FBR – FIBERS FOR INTESTINAL HEALTH by Systemic Formulas, Inc.)

Lean Protein (*Accell Therapeutic or *Accell Meal Complete by Systemic Formulas, Inc. )

Pure, Filtered Water and Ice Cubes

For more information on our ‘Breakfast Smoothies’ or if you would like to order any of the Systemic Formulas products, contact Healthy Life Institute at 801-317-1647.