Enhance your Endocrine Health with Acupuncture
The endocrine system is responsible for hormonal functions in the body and produces 30 distinct hormones, each of which has a very specific job to do. This system controls your physical growth, mood, hormone output, reproduction, mental functionality and immune system. When not working properly, you become more susceptible to disease and your ability to fight off infection is weakened. Endocrine glands and how they function impact every area of your health.
Cultivate Optimal Endocrine Health
The endocrine system regulates the body through hormonal secretions. Cultivating your endocrine health, combined with proper nutrition and diet, can boost energy, improve appetite, reduce insomnia, relieve depression symptoms, improve circulation, relieve muscle aches and assist you in recovering from endocrine disorders. An easy way to improve the health of your endocrine system is to eat nutritious meals and maintain a well-balanced diet.
A few basic steps you can take to enhance your endocrine health are:
Eat Slowly – Don’t rush through your meals. Allowing your body to properly digest food reduces after-meal fatigue, boosts your immune system and enables your endocrine system to properly process nutritional intake.
Exercise – Regular exercise boosts the immune system, improves cardiovascular health and muscle mass, and prevents bone loss. Stress-reducing exercises such as yoga, Qigong, or Tai Chi can also be beneficial.
Manage Your Stress – An important part of maintaining a healthy endocrine system is stress management. Stress can cause the overproduction of hormones, leading to the malfunction of endocrine organs.
Rest – Take a day out of the week for rest and rejuvenation, allowing your mind and body to recover.
Sleep – Get 6-8 hours of sleep per night in order to reduce stress and keep hormones balanced. Stress and a lack of sleep may cause some of the glands to malfunction.
Stress and your Immune System
Long term stress directly affects the function of the immune system. When you are under stress, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol which depresses the function of the immune system. Over time the immune system becomes unbalanced and confused. It may start attacking healthy body tissues which can create an autoimmune disorder. Acupuncture addresses these issues on a number of levels. All acupuncture treatments help to reduce the effects of stress on the body. This reduces inflammation and allows the adrenal glands to more effectively regulate the production of cortisol which rebalances the function of the immune system. Acupuncture also helps reduce the symptoms you are experiencing. Treatments also improve your quality of sleep which is when you body heals and regenerates itself. Call or email today for a no charge consultation to find out how acupuncture can help you reclaim you health.
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5 Nutrients to Support Your Endocrine Health
Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are part of any healthy diet. To directly affect your endocrine system, make sure your diet includes these foods:
Massage Taixi When Fatigued
Taixi, or Kidney 3, is the source point of the kidney meridian and an excellent point to massage whenever feeling fatigued.
To locate Taixi, first locate the medial malleolus, that bone on the inner ankle. Then, locate the Achilles tendon that runs down the back of the ankle. Directly between them you will find the tender area when you press.
Massage the area on your ankle between the bone of inner malleolus and the Achilles tendon.