Lesson 1: The Endocrine System

The Endocrine system

About the endocrine system

 Commonly referred to as the hormone system, the endocrine system is the collection of all the glands in the body that produce hormones. Hormones are responsible for growth and development, metabolism regulation, tissue function, sleep, mood, sexual function, reproduction, and many more things.

 The glands that make up the endocrine system include the pineal gland, the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, the thymus gland, the parathyroid gland, the thyroid gland, the pancreas, the adrenal glands, and the ovaries. These glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream and regulate those hormones.

How it works

 The endocrine system ensures that there is proper hormone balance, which is essential for the normal functioning of the body. When the hormones are out of balance, it leads to many health issues, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, adrenal dysfunction, low libido, pituitary malfunction, weight gain, diabetes, among others.

 The endocrine system is always at work. Hormones are constantly being pumped into the blood, determining our moods and energy levels, sleep patterns, growth, development, and healing, among other body processes. However, it takes very little to disrupt the entire system, which is why taking good care of it is very important.