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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



Blood Sugar and Alzheimer’s

Dr. Susan Craft, University of Washing, did research that verifies the link between uncontrolled blood sugar, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  She and other researchers found that a major cause of all three conditions of diabetes, heart disease, and AD is Insulin resistance (R).  The Insulin allows our cells to convert the carbohydrates we eat into energy; however, if the carbohydrates are not burned they are stored as fat.  Some of the signs of IR are:  lack of energy; mental fog, confusion (such as forgetting names); and abdominal fat around the belly.

IR appears as a result of diets high in sugar, starch, and [bad] fats–particularly the hydrogenated variety such as Crisco or man-made oil such as Canola.  

Dr. Craft suggests that shifting our diet to include foods higher in fiber and nutrition (like vegetables [and fruit]) and eliminate refined, baked, or starch carbohydrates (like breads, potatoes, white rice and [certain types of pre-packaged] foods will cause a significant reduction in Insulin Resistance–in less than 30 days.  

In addition, other researchers have warned people for years of the potential damage associated with excessive sugar and animal fats in our diet which add to diabetic complications and AD, and their increased health risks.  

Exercise reduces our chances for IR, according to Dr. Craft’s studies showing that just 30 minutes of exercise can improve insulin sensitivity for up to 24 hours.  

What Can Be Done Now?

1.  The need for fiber and nutrient dense foods are essential to good health.  It is not safe to eliminate all fat from your diet as your body and brain need fats and lipids to function.  Did you know your brain is made primarily of fat?  So, eat only healthy fats!  Remember that animals fats can contribute to insulin resistance, and deep fried foods and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils cause significant problems and should be avoided.  But Omega-3 fats are critical for cell health and metabolism.  There needs to be a balance of the good fats–Omega-3, 6 and 9.  For example:  In Systemic Formulas, Inc. Nutriment product:  OMGA Lq (Super Concentrate) 2 ml — Total Fat = 1.8 g [DHA 236.6 mg, EPA 310 mg, a linolenic 125 mg = Total (Omega 3) 67mg] [Linoleic (Omega 6) = 406 m] and [Oleic (Omega 9) – 10.8 mg].  This formula promotes healthy heart, brain and joint function. This citrus flavored formula contains odorless fish oil as well as botanical oils from borage, flax, pomegranate and coconut

2.  Systemic Formulas, Inc. Bio-Nutriment FLX (Vegetable Flax Seed Oil) is an organic source of cold pressed Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. It helps sustain healthy levels of cholesterol.

The most important omega fatty acids

Omega 3

alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) – essential
eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
docosahexaenoic acid DHA

Omega 6

linolenic acid (LA) – essential
gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)
dihomogamma linolenic acid (DLA)
arachidonic acid (AA)

Omega 9
oleic acid (OA)

This is a good place to start for a Healthy Brain and Heart.  Eliminate the sugar, the soda pop, the diet drinks, even the Sport Drinks like Gatorade–so high in sugar.  Become aware of other names for sugar, like High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Fructose, Dextrose, etc. 

Schedule a consultation today with our Lifestyle Coach at Healthy Life Institute at 801-358-4777 

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, http://www.peggylayton.com

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

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