So…How Do I Boost The Function Of The Very Vital Hypothalamus?

Last week I mentioned six ways that we can boost our Hypothalamus function and this week, these 6 things will be spoken about in more detail.

  1. We need to increase our Chromium intake. Chromium is a trace mineral which we need in very small amounts and it is suggested that chromium is linked with healthy functioning of the hypothalamus. (You can read a little more about this here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7838011)

We obtain this trace mineral from certain foods such as: broccoli, Garlic, Oranges, Green beans, Apples, Grass fed beef and bananas. As there is still so much to find out about the effects of chromium on us, it is suggested that for now we obtain ours by including the above mentioned foods in our diet.

2. Essential oils such as Frankincense and Myrrh have a long history and have been shown to have a positive effect on the brain. They contain Terpenes and sesquiterpines which have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Sesquiterpines are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and help us to remain calm and balanced. Most oils contain these two chemical compounds and can have this positive effect on our emotions which in turn stimulates the hypothalamus.

3. Chasteberry Tincture (Vitex agnus-castus) is particularly helpful for women. It acts directly on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. For women it helps to balance out the ratio of oestrogen to progesterone, raising the progesterone levels slightly.

4. Healthy fats are vital for improved brain function. We have been encouraged to demonise fats, but the truth is our bodies need a certain amount of fat to function optimally. Cholesterol and other fats play an important role in building our cells membranes and in helping our glands to produce the correct amount of each hormone.

Did you know that some fats (like olive oil) actually support healthy levels of cholesterol which our body needs in order for hormones to be properly produced. Examples of healthy fats include: Olive oil, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, salt-free butter (Grass-fed). I am sure you could add others to this list.

5. Quality sleep leads to a reduction of stress levels and therefore lower cortisol levels (Cortisol is a hormone involved in the regulation of metabolism in the cells and helps us regulate stress within the body. {http://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-cortisol-definition-function-deficiency-symptoms.html}). Keeping cortisol at healthy levels helps keep the hypothalamus healthy as stress levels influence the amount of work that the hypothalamus has to do.

There are two herbal combination teas and a herbal powder mix which are very helpful in regulating our sleeping rhythm and helping us to relax when things get overwhelming. Sleepeeze tea contains herbs that encourage sleep and it is not addictive. Relaxing tea contains a combination of herbs that helps one to “switch off” after a busy or stressful day . Stress Buster work in a similar fashion to the Relaxing tea, but you can add it to smoothies, juices, soups etc.

6. Regular exercise has been known to improve heart health and hypothalamus health. Various studies have been done that show that the are some functions in the hypothalamus that are stimulated by exercise and this in turn may contribute to healthy metabolic function. (https://jmolecularpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40303-015-0010-8).

I am an exercise sloth and so have had to listen to the instructions of my physiotherapist and do exercises as instructed. I have an added incentive in that exercise will strengthen the muscles of my legs and back and thus support my compromised spine.

There is so much valuable information to be found from very reliable sources, and like most things we are learning more and more every day. This is not a definitive list of healthy hypothalamus functioning and if there is anything that you would like add, please chat with us, we would love that.

Much love

Sue and Christine

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