Hi Stephani! First off, thank you for writing this! You have been a big help in my journey to better health. My question is: I’m pretty sure my case is low cortisol from your list of symptoms (I have chronic inflammation, allergies, bowl movements are off, atypical depression), however I’m showing signs of low estrogen in comparison to my androgens. I’m thinking I have PCOS. Do you really recommend that I exercise more and restrict calories? Just wondering because in your other posts you recommend to get leptin levels sorted. Thanks again and have a great week!
Lastly, we have the adrenal glands. We each have two of them, and they sit just above our kidneys. Although physically separate from the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, they are deeply connected. The adrenals produce even more hormones than the pituitary gland does – steroid hormones like cortisol, sex hormones like DHEA, and stress hormones like adrenaline and dopamine. The hormones produced by the adrenals control chemical reactions over large parts of our bodies, including something you might have heard of called our ‘fight-or-flight’ response.
The hypothalamus contains a large number of nuclei and fiber tracts. The cells in the two major nuclei secrete vasopressin (ADH, antidiuretic hormone), oxytocin, and CRH (corticotropin releasing hormone). The two major nuclei are the supraoptic and paraventricular nuclei.
ADH and oxytocin are then transported down the axons from cells in the supraoptic and paraventricular nuclei through the infundibulum to the neurohypophysis (posterior pituitary), where they are released into the blood stream. This pathway is termed the supraopticohypophysial tract.