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The Hypothalamus…Things I learnt about it while recuperating…

Something I did know was that the hypothalamus is in the brain. I did Biology at school, but there’s things I remembered and things I conveniently forgot. Something I remember in painful detail: OSMOSIS. Why? Because it was repeated for three years in a row.

Things that weren’t dealt within as much detail was the Endocrine system. We learnt that we had glands which produced hormones which helped our bodies to function. How to look after them? I really can’t remember if we learnt that. Anyway, enough of that…

While in hospital, the doctors did many blood tests trying to find out why my back had broken so easily. The best they could come up with was osteoporosis (Which proves to be untrue). I have a theory about my body speaking my mind…But that’s for another day, and probably another forum (Unless our readers would be interested? Let me know) .I know I keep being side-tracked, but I’m getting to the point soon…

The blood tests: My thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) was high (6.33), but my thyroid (Free T4) was normal. The doctor explained it like this: The TSH is produced by the hypothalamus and helps to produce the thyroid hormones. So, if it continues to be high, it will cause a problem with the thyroid hormone causing this to go low and then I will have a problem. She wants to test again in 6 months time.

Now, seeing as Christine and I are in the herb and oil business, you can imagine that we decided to do some research and find out how we can stimulate the hypothalamus. FYI, the hypothalamus is very important and is considered the “control centre” for most hormones including the pituitary gland, adrenal glands, ovaries and testes.

We found that there are some natural ways to boost Hypothalamus function: 1. Increasing chromium intake; 2. using essential oils which contain terpenes and sesquiterpenes; 3. Taking Vitex agnus-castus (Chasteberry Tincture); 4. eating enough healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed butter etc); 5. getting enough sleep and 6. exercising regularly.

We will go into each of these in more detail next week.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy.

Lots of love

Sue and Chris

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