Autumn is here and the third cycle of the earth’s seasons is underway! During this season the vital life forces begin to recede and our physical bodies are challenged to prepare for winter. Our hormonal glands are primarily responsible for our ability to adapt to and enjoy all of life. The pituitary, thyroid, adrenal glands, and for females, the ovaries are most responsible for managing and regulating our bodies’ ability to function. Keeping these glands functioning at their optimal levels is the challenge during the fall season due to the stress of changes and reduction in temperature. Historically and traditionally, glandular therapy has been implemented during this time to keep the glands operating at their best. In many European countries and the southern U.S. it is customary to eat sweetbreads (animal glands) during the fall as one “like” structure from a mammalian group will nourish another (humans).
In addition to eating sweetbreads, we recommend the following Herbal Solutions formulas that can keep your glands tuned up:
- Nutrients for the Endocrine System provides support and nutrients for the pituitary and adrenal glands and corrects endocrine system dysfunctions, such as hot flashes, mood swings and some sleep disorders.
- Thyroid Plus – provides key support and nutrients to the thyroid gland, which regulates weight loss, body heat and energy.
- Male Rejuvenation – helps to normalize male hormones and increase vitality.
Complex carbohydrates, squash, roots and tubers, such as sunchokes, Jerusalem and Globe artichokes, are good foods to eat now as they are easily stored as energy reserves for the body. Edible seeds and pits, such as sunflower seeds and apricot kernels are also recommended. Soy products should be avoided because of the high estrogen content and isoflavins that are unhealthy for the glands.
When your glands are healthy you know it, as do those around you. Your skin is smoother, you have a more youthful appearance, the aging process slows, your optimum weight is better maintained, and you may even have an increased libido. Overall, you just look and feel better and are better able to enjoy life!