The endocrine system controls the
production and distribution of chemical messages that build, grow and
repair all body tissues and organs. It functions by first
producing the components to amino acids, which then form into hormones, which are biochemicals
with embedded instructions for the cells they effect. These molecular structures are composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen.
This system is the orchestrator of the connection between the mind and body. The major components of this body system are the hypothalamus, the pineal gland, the pituitary gland, the thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, the adrenal glands, and the pancreas. The sexual organs are also part of the endocrine system; in males these are the the testes and in females the ovaries.
The Pineal gland produces hormones that instruct the body to enter into a deep sleep.
The hypothalamus is a cluster of nerve cells located in the lower central part of the brain. It is of mention here because it is the primary link between the endocrine system and the nervous systems. This is how the nervous system receives chemical messages from the hormone secretions of the pituitary.
The pituitary gland is in the same location as the Master Gland of the Chakra system. This peas-sized gland is located just below the brain above the roof the mouth. It transforms energy into millions of peptides that become the building blocks for amino acids. It has two parts: the anterior lobe and the posterior lobe. The anterior lobe regulates the activity of the thyroid, adrenals, and reproductive glands and the posterior lobe regulates water levels within the body.
The thyroid is a bow shaped gland located in the front part of the lower neck. It produces the hormones that direct the body to burn fuel and to produce energy. Increased thyroid hormones increase the rate at which chemical reactions occur in the body.
The parathyroids are attached to the thyroid. These four tiny glands release chemicals to remove excess calcium from the blood.
The adrenal glands produce hormones to interact with all experiences. They effect the body's response to stress, metabolism, the immune system, and sexual development and function.
The gonads are glands located in the scrotum in males and in the pelvis in females. They create the sexual hormones that determine all characteristics of the masculine and feminine. In males these include the deepening of the voice, growth of facial and pubic hair, and the increase in muscle growth and strength. In females these include the development of breasts, hip and pelvic area along with all the other distinguishing characteristics of the female.
The pancreas is associated with the digestive system and the endocrine system because it because it produces and secretes digestive enzymes.
A healthy pancreas secretes large quantities of pancreatic juice into the duodenum, the portion of the small intestine that connects with the stomach. Pancreatic enzymes are natural chemicals that help break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates. These enzymes and help to neutralize stomach acid as it enters the small intestine. Everything we requires enzymes to break foods down into nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, and to deliver these nutrients to the cells.
Food enzymes exist naturally in raw food, but when food is cooked, the high temperature of cooking destroys their natural enzymes. Even if we choose raw foods, the enzymes available might not be adequate for human digestion of that food.
The endocrine system effects every other system and every other cell of the body. It is ultimately more influential over our health and well-being than the digestive system because it has the ability to directly create chemical responses.