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The pituitary gland is a very small, hormone producing gland. It sits at the base of the brain just behind and under the bridge of the nose. It is about the size of a pea and considered the “master gland”. It takes messages from the brain and sends the messages to other parts of the body to produce hormones needed for proper function. The pituitary gland has two parts: anterior which controls the adrenals, ovaries, thyroid, breast function and posterior which controls the kidneys. The pituitary gland produces hormones that send messages to other glands to either increase or decrease production necessary for total hormone balance. Hormones secreted by the pituitary gland help control growth, blood pressure, thyroid function and hormones necessary for pregnancy.
There are a few types of pituitary disorders that can cause significant problems. A tumor, although mainly benign, can cause the pituitary to significantly decrease or increase hormone production. Not all pituitary tumors cause problems, however. Symptoms of a pituitary tumor can include periphery vision loss and/or headaches. Symptoms related to hormone deficiency or over production could be nausea, significant weight loss or gain, feeling cold or increased urine and weakness.
It is very important to keep gland function healthy so that other functions can remain healthy as well. Steps to stimulate the pituitary gland can be taken every day to keep hormone function normal. One way to stimulate the pituitary gland is to increase chromium intake. Research shows chromium can contribute to a more youthful hypothalamus function, and prevent negative effects of brain aging. Foods rich in chromium include: oranges, grass fed beef, broccoli, garlic, basil, and apples. Essential oils like Myrrh and Frankincense can stimulate the pituitary and hormone function as well. These oils have been shown to improve brain function as well as have anti-inflammatory properties. They can be inhaled from the bottle, from a diffuser, or used in a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba and applied directly to the skin. Good fats from healthy oils can also stimulate pituitary function. Oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado, should be incorporated into a healthy diet. Most importantly for healthy hormone function are exercise and rest. Bodies need movement and proper sleep patterns to function properly, especially for proper hormone function.
Currently we are also seeing electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve to improve pituitary function with Electrical Medicine. As stated in other blogs on this page electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve can aid in hormone function and wellbeing. Using the basic device can be beneficial but in more advanced units, per Dr. Brunk, specific frequencies can be used to communicate with the nervous system, working on different neural paths, stimulate the vagus nerve and increase hormone function….