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:
- 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
- Excessive Bleeding
- Dizziness or vertigo
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.
- citrus fruits
- bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- dark leafy greens, such as kale, mustard greens, and chard
The 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.
|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