Your hypothalamus is the master gland, the CEO of your body. The boss. I like to think of your hypothalamus as the queen in your realm because your hypothalamus controls all of your vital systems. So, if you’ve been diagnosed with hypothalamus dysfunction, you’re going to need to make some changes. All in order to help your hypothalamus problems heal and optimize its overall function.
So, how does one go about treating their hypothalamus problems? There are three main steps on your path to healing.
Step One is to replace any deficient hormones in your body until your hypothalamus is back in balance.
Both conventional and integrative medical protocols start with hormone replacement therapy. For those glands that are not able to make enough hormones. So, the issue is in your hypothalamus because it’s not stimulating the lower endocrine glands to make appropriate hormones. If you have damage to your hypothalamus due to an injury, a tumor, surgery, radiation, toxicity, or malnutrition, your hypothalamus needs the hormones of your lower endocrine glands to heal.
This means you may need supplemental hormones. Preferably bioidentical. These may include adrenal hormones, ovarian or testicular hormones, and thyroid hormones. The key is to supplement, not act as total replacement therapy. This is because you want to be able to make these hormones on your own eventually. And if you use high-dose replacement, your adrenals, ovaries, testes, or thyroid may no longer be able to produce those hormones. The goal is to keep the hypothalamus-pituitary-lower-endocrine-gland communication intact.
Using these more conventional therapies is just the first step. You will still need to do some things in your life to actually help your hypothalamus function better.
Step Two is to change your lifestyle. Which includes diet, activity, and sleep.
Your hypothalamus is incredibly responsive to nutrition. It is not protected by the blood-brain barrier. So anything you eat, any toxins in your systems, and any infectious organisms are going to affect your hypothalamus. If you’re not giving your hypothalamus the proper nutrition, it’s not going to be able to do its job properly. It’s really important that you get enough protein to support your lean body mass and support your metabolism. Protein is broken down into amino acids. Your hypothalamus needs amino acids to produce the precursor hormones that tell the pituitary gland to stimulate your lower endocrine glands.
Your hypothalamus needs you to eat healthy fat.
Trans fats, fried foods, and most plant-based oils are not the healthiest fats. What you want to consume are monounsaturated fats, like olive oil or avocado oil. Which should make up about 2/3 of your fat intake. 1/3 should be saturated fats. Those are for healthy cell membrane function, which helps support the best hypothalamus function.
You also need to be sure that you’re getting enough carbohydrates to maintain energy and get rid of your hypothalamus problems.
But not more than you’re going through to avoid storing excess body fat. Your hypothalamus is incredibly sensitive to your blood sugar rising and bottoming out. So it’s important that you focus your carbohydrate intake on low glycemic index carbohydrates. These are carbohydrates that are not turned into sugar quickly. Most vegetables, some fruits, and whole grains have a low glycemic index. When you avoid sugar and starchy carbs, which are high glycemic index foods, will prevent rollercoaster blood sugars that can disrupt your hypothalamus function.
Also, be sure you’re getting enough water, as dehydration can definitely give you hypothalamus problems. Make sure you’re drinking at least one ounce of water per kilogram of body weight, or half an ounce per pound.
You also need to be sure that you’re getting enough sleep. Your hypothalamus needs between seven and nine hours of sleep to be able to do its job properly. Get off those digital products after dusk, because that blue light coming from those screens affects melatonin production, and you will not be able to go into a deep sleep. Be sure you turn off all your lights in your room and sleep in the complete dark to maintain adequate melatonin production. And keep the room temperature between 60 and 70 degrees.
Your hypothalamus thrives on activity.
Being sedentary lowers your metabolism, but too much exercise can be stressful. So try to get at least 30 minutes a day of exercise to help your hypothalamus heal. Exercise increases circulation to your hypothalamus and helps your body detox. Being outside, breathing in the fresh air, and connecting with nature while you’re exercising is a great way to tell your hypothalamus that it can calm down and do its job instead of constantly stimulating your stress response.
Finally, the Third Step, and probably one of the most vital steps, is to support your hypothalamus nutraceutically.
I know this can be difficult because there are not a lot of supplements out there, or specific foods that actually support optimal hypothalamus function. That’s exactly why I created Genesis Gold® – because there isn’t anything available that supports the hypothalamus for the long term. There are hypothalamic glandular agents that can give a little boost to your hypothalamus, but it’s very short-term. You can only use them for a few months before they become a toxin in your body.
Using plant-based hypothalamic support like Genesis Gold® can help your hypothalamus heal. Genesis Gold® provides the precise ratio of amino acids for optimal hypothalamus function. This unique hypothalamus amino acid blend is encased in a foundational greens food, including whole-plant foods and an innovative herbal blend and sea vegetation, and is incredibly rich in phytonutrients to provide your hypothalamus with all the micronutrients necessary to do its job properly.
Hypothalamus problems take time to heal – at least 90 days with nutraceutical support. Of course, changing your lifestyle to support your hypothalamus is important. I’ve had patients be able to get off hormone replacement therapy with nutraceutical support for their hypothalamus. However, it takes time. If you’ve been ill or out of balance for years, it’s going to take at least one month per year after that initial 90 days to get your hypothalamus functioning optimally.
If you have any questions about treating hypothalamus problems, why don’t you join us in our Hormone Support Group, which you can get access to through our free Hormone Reboot Training.