• How to Support Balanced Hormones with Ayurveda
    • Endocrine System
    • June 02, 2022
    How to Support Balanced Hormones with Ayurveda

    In Ayurveda, dealing with hormonal imbalance is all about supporting the emotional and physical body. Learn about herbs and lifestyle tips that can help.

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  • Adrenal Nourish™ for an Active Life
    • Endocrine System
    • November 09, 2018
    Adrenal Nourish™ for an Active Life

    Read all about Adrenal Nourish™, a unique formula designed to support you and your lifestyle by aiding healthy functioning of the adrenal glands, while also contributing to the overall balance of the nervous system—often the root of adrenal imbalance. 

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  • Adaptogen Recipes for Healthy Adrenals
    • Endocrine System
    • July 13, 2018
    Adaptogen Recipes for Healthy Adrenals

    A sustained amount of stress makes it difficult for the body to maintain efficient function. While it’s still best to take care of the root cause of your stress, adaptogens will have your back until it’s possible. Their support is like an insurance policy for our stress hormones and adrenal glands, making sure they don’t become overworked.

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  • 4 Things You Can Do for Adrenal Fatigue
    • Endocrine System
    • August 24, 2017
    4 Things You Can Do for Adrenal Fatigue

    Adrenal fatigue can be categorized as an imbalance of vata, pitta, or both. Usually overdoing (pitta tendency) and over-stimulating the senses (vata tendency) lead to an overload that our sensitive systems will need to digest.

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  • Energy Burnout Is Affecting Your Hormones
    • Endocrine System
    • August 23, 2017
    Energy Burnout Is Affecting Your Hormones

    From an Ayurvedic perspective, energy burnout is a case of pitta-overload or an accumulation of a hot, sharp, fiery type of energy. While pitta imbalances can be seen in many forms, like inflammation, skin conditions, or blood conditions, the changes it causes in our endocrine system can be most threatening to our well-being.

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  • 6 Herbs to Support Healthy Adrenals
    • Endocrine System
    • August 09, 2017
    6 Herbs to Support Healthy Adrenals

    When you reach the point of adrenal fatigue, the stress you’ve experienced has been so great for so long that your body can no longer recover. Along with getting proper rest and food intake, one of the best and often easiest ways to provide support is through adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens assist in our body’s management of metabolic systems during stressful times.

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  • The Deeper Causes of Fatigue
    • Endocrine System
    • August 03, 2017
    The Deeper Causes of Fatigue

    When we tire, the first message is from our body, a warning that we must rest and restore. When we become chronically fatigued, the message is from a deeper source. We are being told to change our ways.

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  • How To Do a Ginger Compress for Your Kidneys & Adrenals
    • Endocrine System
    • September 01, 2016
    How To Do a Ginger Compress for Your Kidneys & Adrenals

    Sipping ginger tea can cause gentle sweating as the body warms up. In the case of a ginger compress, the aromatic tea is used externally to bring warmth and lubrication to the kidneys and adrenals glands.

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  • Fight or Flight—5 Ways to Manage Your Adrenals
    • Endocrine System
    • August 02, 2016
    Fight or Flight—5 Ways to Manage Your Adrenals

    When one thinks of adrenal glands, stress may come to mind, but the adrenal glands contribute to your health even at times when your body isn’t under extreme stress. In fact, they release hormones that are essential for you to live, and when drained, the result can lead to various imbalances.  

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Endocrine System

The endocrine system is a complex and intelligent system of glands throughout the body that work in harmony to secrete a wide array of hormones. These hormones communicate with all the various tissues of the body and tell them what to do, initiating a wide range of bodily functions.

Why is the endocrine system so important? Well, this elegant system of glands and hormones controls all different kinds of bodily functions and play an essential role in our overall health and well-being. When the glands do not function properly or produce the correct amount of hormones, it can lead to serious imbalance throughout the body.

Some of the main hormone-producing glands of the endocrine system include the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, pineal gland, adrenals, ovaries, and testes. These glands are essential to countless functions, including respiration, metabolism, sensory perception, movement, growth, and reproduction.

The adrenal glands are just one example of a well-known gland that plays a major role in the body. These two walnut-sized endocrine glands sit on top of the kidneys, and while they have many jobs, one of their main roles is to help our bodies adapt to stress.

In our overly busy, stressful, fast-paced modern lives, it’s extremely common for the health of these glands to be affected. As a result, many people face the challenges that come along with fatigued adrenals, including imbalanced weight, lack of energy, unhealthy cravings, anxiousness, moodiness, brain fog, sleep issues, and compromised immunity.

If all of these challenges can arise from in imbalance in just one gland, it gives you an idea of how important each and every part of the endocrine system is to our physical, mental, and emotional health.

While stress is one leading factor that can lead to imbalance in the endocrine system, our glands and hormones are also sensitive to aging, diet, and lifestyle practices. They are also affected by what is known as endocrine disruptors—chemicals, toxins, and pollutants such as pesticides and herbicides.

Ayurveda’s holistic approach to health can be a tremendous source of support as a way to maintain homeostasis in the endocrine system. Incorporating a nourishing, dosha-appropriate diet, a balancing daily routine, and stress-reducing self-care practices are all powerful ways to keep the endocrine glands functioning well and support a healthy hormonal balance.

Ayurveda also offers a plentiful pharmacopeia of herbs for energy that can help to bring balance to the endocrine system. Some of the most well-known and recognized Ayurvedic herbs, such as ashwagandha and shatavari, are excellent choices for supporting endocrine health and hormonal balance, especially in regards to the adrenals and reproductive system.

With hormonal imbalances on the rise in modern culture, it’s a good idea to empower ourselves with knowledge of how to support the endocrine system, so that it can continue to support us. We hope these Ayurveda-inspired blog articles will be a steppingstone to your most balanced and vibrant long-term health!