Hypothalamus – More on Stress

Hypothalamus

Stress is a plague these days. My previous post launched into an introduction about what’s going on. Today takes us farther down the road.

Your nervous and endocrine systems, the major players in any stress situation, are controlled by the hypothalamus, a tiny gland that’s part of the brain. Unfortunately, this little wonder-gland gets no protection from the blood/brain barrier that’s supposed to keep the brain safe.

Years hard on hypothalamus

The last fifty years or so have been really, really hard on the hypothalamus. These days, our now-raggedy little king gets whacked pretty much every day, usually multiple times.

Some of the damage from difficult circumstances, work situations, all the things that drain our energy and take away our ability to cope.

But we can control-and limit-a lot of what drags the hypothalamus. Besides the rough patches in everyday life, we hurt the hypothalamus with toxins, bad diet, vaccines, aspartame, glutamate, soy, etc.

It’s crucial to control the sources of our stress, because our bodies have to store any excess stress; it has no other choice. So day after day, week after week, year after year, we increase our stress load. Not by choice, but because we don’t realize the cause or the consequences.

Enemy of hypothalamus

The largest part of the problem reared its ugly head fifty-or-so years ago. That’s when hypothalamus enemies started showing up in our food. These enemies, called excitotoxins, rev our brains up to toxic levels, which damages the hypothalamus. Some autopsies have even found hypothalamus with holes going clear through them!

Three excitotoxins cause most of the trouble: Aspartame, glutamate and soy. Aspartame shows up in diet foods, mostly soda and chewing gum. Glutamate shows up as monosodium glutamate, which is in virtually all fast foods, restaurant foods, meals from a box or the freezer-everywhere you look, in other words.

Soy’s everywhere, too. In addition to being an excitotoxin, soy stomps on the thyroid, throws your estrogen out of balance (breast cancer for gals; prostate cancer for guys), eats the minerals in your body, etc. And most soy gets sprayed with cancer-causing glyphosate. Soy is a disaster.

Eliminating excitotoxins lowers your body’s internal stress levels, which gives your body a fighting chance. Giving excitotoxins the old heave-ho takes patience and is probably the hardest part of fixing the problem, but health is worth every ounce of effort you put into it.

And so are you.

See Also:

When Stress Is Out of Control

Stressed? Probably – Stress is Everywhere

Weight, Diet and Other Stresses

Stress, Anxiety and Woe

Sources of Stress -From All Directions

God is good,

Bette Dowdell   
Too Pooped to Participate

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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

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