YOUR STRESS CONTROL CENTER

by admin on January 13, 2011

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Stress is controlled in the central nervous system. In particular, physiological stress is created through the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis (H-P-A). The hypothalamus and the pituitary were both at one time thought to be the master glands. Actually, the pituitary is a release interface with the blood so that the hormones can be secreted into the bloodstream. The hypothalamus serves as a central processing unit for the whole brain. It has connections to all the limbic system – the emotional centers of the brain. In fact, it has nerve connections to virtually every part of the brain and connects to the rest of your body through the hormones that it manufacturers and releases through the pituitary. Here is a short list of some of the functions the hypothalamus controls:

1. Arterial Blood Pressure
2. Body Temperature
3. Regulation of body water by thirst and kidney function
4. Uterine contractility
5. Breast milk
6. Emotional drives
7. Growth hormone
8. Adrenal glands
9. Thyroid hormone
10. Sex organ function

Physiologically, the effects of stress result in change in all of the above organs, especially in the adrenaline, cortisol, glucose, insulin, and growth hormone release.

Source: Ben Johnson, MD, DO, NMD and Alex Loyd, PhD, ND, The Healing Code

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