The Endocrine system is the system of glands, each of which secretes different types of hormones directly into the bloodstream (some of which are transported along nerve tracts) to regulate the body.
III. Parts and Functions
* Hypothalamus - It secretes hormones that stimulate or suppress the release of hormones in the pituitary gland, in addition to controlling water balance, sleep, temperature, appetite and blood pressure. * Pineal body - It produces the hormone melatonin, a naturally-occurring antioxidant that helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythm. * Pituitary Gland - No larger than a pea, it gland controls many functions of the other endocrine glands. * Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands - The thyroid plays an important role in the body's metabolism. Both the thyroid and parathyroid glands also play a role in the regulation of the body's calcium balance. * Thymus - It produces T-lymphocytes, white blood cells that fight infections and destroy abnormal cells. * Adrenal glands - They work hand-in-hand with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. * Kidney - They process the blood to sift out waste products and extra water. This waste and extra water becomes urine, which is stored in the bladder. * Pancreas - The pancreas plays a role in digestion, as well as in hormone production. * Ovary - In addition to containing the egg cells necessary for reproduction, the ovaries also produce estrogen and progesterone. * Testes - The testes produce testosterone and sperm.
IV. Proper Care
* Avoid steriods. Steriods interfere with natural hormone production, such as males producing testosterone. Steriod use can cause women to grow facial hair, men to have shrunken testicles and behavioral problems such as aggression and unwarranted anger. * Get plenty of rest. Sleep is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy. Our bodies need at least eight hours of sleep every...