In the human body there are eleven organ ‘systems’ working together to make up one whole, a system of systems – our body. It should be kept in mind that these divisions are somewhat arbitrary as to which organs are included and which are excluded in any one system. It also bears remembering that no one organ system ever functions independently of the others.

   The nervous system sends instructions to the muscular system as to when to move particular muscles. The cardiovascular system delivers nutrients and removes wastes from the muscle fibers of the musculoskeletal system to allow them to continue to function, etc. Dividing the human body into eleven organ systems is simply a way for the Health Guardian to organize information about what parts do what. In the body itself, the parts that need to interact do interact, regardless of which system they have been grouped into.

   The maintenance of homeostasis is pivotal to any experience of wellness within the urinary system. The kidneys are major organs of elimination. They work in conjunction with the liver, lungs, the skin and bowels to help ensure a clean internal environment. The Kidneys are responsible for maintaining the water balance of the body, the pH of the blood, regulating blood pressure, and eliminating drugs or their metabolites. The kidneys also release the protein erythropoietin, which stimulates the bone marrow to increase the formation of red blood cells.

   As people get older, the bladder changes, including bladder infections, urinary incontinence, and urinary tract infections. Elastic bladder tissue may toughen and become less stretchy. A less stretchy bladder cannot hold as much urine as before and might make you go to the bathroom more often. The bladder wall and pelvic floor muscles may weaken, making it harder to empty the bladder fully and causing urine to leak. Bladder problems can disrupt day-to-day life. When people have bladder problems, they may avoid social settings and have a harder time getting tasks done at home or at work.

Common bladder problems include:

   Urinary tract infections (UTIs)— UTIs are the second most common type of infection in the body and can happen anywhere in the urinary system. More than half of women will have at least one UTI in their lifetime. Older women are more likely to get UTIs because the bladder muscles weaken and make it hard to fully empty the bladder. This causes urine to stay in the bladder. When urine stays in the bladder too long, it makes an infection more likely.

   Types of UTIs include: Bladder infection— This is the most common type of UTI, in which bacteria enter the bladder and cause symptoms such as strong and sudden urges to urinate. Kidney infection—Infections in the bladder can spread to the kidneys, which can lead to severe problems. When kidney infections occur frequently or last a long time, they may cause permanent damage to the kidneys.

   Urethra infection — A UTI can also develop in the urethra, but this is less common.

   Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)— a group of symptoms such as trouble urinating, loss of bladder control, leaking urine, and frequent need to urinate. LUTS are caused by problems with the bladder, urethra, or pelvic floor muscles.

   Bladder cancer— Bladder cancer occurs in the lining of the bladder.

Everyone’s bladder behaves a little bit differently. But certain signs may mean a bladder problem.

   Signs of a bladder problem can include: Inability to hold urine or leaking urine (called urinary incontinence), Needing to urinate eight or more times in one day, Waking up many times at night to urinate, Sudden and urgent need to urinate, Pain or burning before, during, or after urinating, Cloudy or bloody urine, Passing only small amounts of urine after strong urges to urinate, Trouble starting or having a weak stream while urinating, and Trouble emptying the bladder. Signs of Urinary Tract Infection: In some elderly people, mental changes and confusion may be the only signs of a UTI. Older adults with a UTI are more likely to be tired, shaky, and weak and have muscle aches and abdominal pain.

   Symptoms of a UTI in the bladder may include: Cloudy, bloody, or foul-smelling urine, Pain or burning during urination, Strong and frequent need to urinate, even right after emptying the bladder, A mild fever below 101°F in some people. If a

   UTI spreads to the kidneys, symptoms may include: Chills and shaking, Night sweats, Feeling tired or generally ill, Fever above 101°F, Pain in the side, back, or groin, Flushed, warm, or reddened skin, Mental changes or confusion, Nausea and vomiting, Very bad abdominal pain in some people, Some people may have bacteria in the bladder or urinary tract, but not feel any symptoms.

   While you can’t control everything that affects bladder health, there are some steps you can take to improve bladder health.

  1. Don’t wait too long to use the restroom. Withholding urination can put added pressure on your bladder which can lead to infection.
  2. Pay close attention to hygiene – avoid harsh soaps and make sure to shower thoroughly after swimming in pools or lakes.
  3. Avoid foods that may irritate the bladder. If you have an overactive or sensitive bladder, avoid carbonated and caffeinated drinks and alcoholic drinks.
  4. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day in order to keep a normal urinary pattern. This works to remove any waste products in your system.

   The nervous system collects and processes information from the senses via nerves and the brain and tells the muscles to contract to cause physical actions. The central nervous system includes the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system consists of nerves that connect every other part of the body to the central nervous system. Together with the endocrine system, the nervous system is responsible for regulating and maintaining homeostasis. Through its receptors, the nervous system keeps us in touch with our environment, both external and internal. Millions of sensory receptors detect changes, called stimuli, which occur inside and outside the body. They monitor such things as temperature, light, and sound from the external environment. Inside the body, the internal environment, receptors detect variations in pressure, pH, carbon dioxide concentration, and the levels of various electrolytes.

   Some serious conditions, diseases, and injuries that can cause nervous system problems include: Blood supply problems (vascular disorders), Injuries (trauma), especially injuries to the head and spinal cord, Mental health problems, such as anxiety disorders, depression, or psychosis. Problems that cause a gradual loss of function (degenerative); Parkinson's disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, Peripheral neuropathies. Infections that may occur in the: Brain (encephalitis or abscesses), Membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis). Overuse of or withdrawal from prescription and nonprescription medicines, illegal drugs, or alcohol, and A brain tumor. Other Organ system failure: Respiratory failure, Heart failure, Liver failure (hepatic encephalopathy), Kidney failure (uremia). Other conditions; Thyroid dysfunction (overactive or underactive thyroid), High blood sugar (diabetes) or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), Electrolyte problems, Nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin B1 (thiamine) or vitamin B12 deficiency and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

   A sudden (acute) nervous system problem can cause many different symptoms, depending on the area of the nervous system involved. Stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) are common examples of acute problems. You may experience the sudden onset of one or more symptoms, such as: Numbness, tingling, weakness, or inability to move a part or all of one side of the body (paralysis), Dimness, blurring, double vision, or loss of vision in one or both eyes. Loss of speech, trouble talking, or trouble understanding speech, Sudden, severe headache, Dizziness, unsteadiness, or the inability to stand or walk, especially if other symptoms are present, Confusion or a change in level of consciousness or behavior or Severe nausea or vomiting. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical advice.

Following the Prevention Guidelines Can Help Keep Your Nervous System Healthy:

  • Exercise regularly. If you have medical or health issues, talk to your doctor about an exercise plan that will be right for you.
  • Do not smoke or use other tobacco products.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Take care of health conditions that may cause decreased nervous system functioning, such as: Diabetes and High blood pressure.
  • Eat a balanced diet. A balanced, low-fat diet with ample sources of vitamins B6, B12, and folate will help protect the nervous system. Make sure that your diet contains lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids. This helps prevent dehydration, which can cause confusion and memory problems. To prevent dehydration during hot weather and exercise, drink water, rehydration drinks, or other fluids each day. Drink extra water before, during, and after exercise. Take a container of water or sports drink with you when you exercise and try to drink at least every 15 to 20 minutes. Limit your intake of caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and colas, which increase dehydration and can affect sleep.
  • Do not use alcohol or illegal drugs, which can affect functioning long after use.
  • Have your hearing or vision tested. When you do not hear or see well, it is hard for your brain to record information.
  • Set priorities and concentrate on one thing at a time. Older adults have a harder time than younger people giving their attention to more than one activity.
  • Increase your attention span and ability to focus by learning new skills.
  • Keep written notes. Write all your plans on a calendar where you can look at them often.
  • Use a medicine box with spaces for each day. This will help you remember when to take your medicines. Take your medicines exactly as they are prescribed.
  • Decrease your use of nonprescription medicines. Overuse of medicines may be the single biggest cause of nervous system problems in older adults.
  • Develop a positive attitude about your abilities. Reject the notion that nervous system (neurological) functioning declines with age.
  • Protect yourself from head injuries and prevent falls in your home.

   Extensive skeletal and muscular misalignment can impair the function of the neurological system and other organs and disrupt the harmony of the whole body. The health and wholeness of the musculoskeletal system can be maintained only as long as the inner environment and metabolism remain in harmony. Musculoskeletal diseases include tendinitis, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Fibromyalgia, Bone fractures, Arthritis, Bursitis, Osteogenesis imperfections, Rickets, Osteomyelitis, Osteosarcoma, Hip dysplasia, Bone disease, Metabolic bone disease and Bone cancer, muscular dystrophy, mitochondrial myopathy, myasthenia gravis, and tetanus and others. Primary symptoms of the musculoskeletal disease include pain, stiffness, swelling, limited range of motion, weakness, fatigue, and decreased physical function.

   The most common disease or disorders of the male reproductive system are; Prostate cancer, Testicular cancer, Enlarged prostate or BPH, Prostatitis, Erectile dysfunction, Male infertility, Testosterone deficiency, Undescended testicle, Varicocele or dilated veins around testicle, Hydrocele or fluid around testicle. Male reproductive system health challenges also include genital ulcers, testicular disorders, or sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STDs.)

   Among all the problems that can affect the musculoskeletal system, herbal medicine has the most to offer in treatment of chronic and degenerative ailments. In most cases, successful treatment of musculoskeletal illness with herbal medicine will be based on supporting the whole body, because systemic factors so often lay the foundation for degenerative musculoskeletal conditions.

How to Protect your Musculoskeletal System

  • Don’t Smoke- Smoking creates a greater risk of heart attack and stroke, causes coronary artery disease, increases blood pressure and blocks arteries. It alleviates the LDL “lousy” cholesterol and lowers the HDL healthy cholesterol. Smoking destroys the musculoskeletal system by decreasing exercise tolerance due to the reduced amount of oxygen available to muscle tissue. Avoid smoking to keep you healthy.
  • Stretch Often Throughout the Day- Maintain muscles, tendons, and ligaments by doing routine stretching and stretching movements throughout the day. If possible, primarily focus on strengthening your abdomen, quadriceps, shoulders, and hamstrings while also staying limber.
  • Keep an eye on your blood pressure- Just because you don’t show symptoms right away doesn’t mean your blood pressure is at a healthy standing. Check your levels regularly, a considerable amount of damage can be done before you realize your blood pressure is elevated.
  • Watch your cholesterol- Try to maintain a good ratio between your LDL and your HDL, studies show risk factors associated with chronic low back pain, are smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. People with these conditions were twice as likely to have back pain. The theory is that these conditions may slow the blood flow to the lumbar spine, causing pain.
  • Manage your weight- Try to keep your body at a healthy weight. Stationary lifestyles and aging cause the body to lose muscle tone. Added weight and gravity combined with muscle resistance cause the body to fall out of alignment. This deficiency of alignment causes stress on discs, bones, ligaments, and tendons, resulting in micro tears in fibers with ensuing pain.
  • Live a balanced life- Nowadays life is filled with deadlines, noise, interruptions, and stressors that put us out of balance. Take a few moments to try and collect your thoughts and balance your day with healthy outlets that give you a chance to rest and enjoy your life. Physical activity, like going for a 30-minute walk outside, can help reduce the stress of everyday life.
  • Be sure to consume enough water- Drink at least six to eight glasses of water daily. Water flushes toxins and waste products out of the body. -Get enough sleep at night- Getting sleep adequately protects the immune system, rejuvenates cells and makes us feel better.
  • Practice good posture- Whether sitting, standing, lifting heavy equipment, kneeling, bending, good posture is vital. Good posture, when sitting or standing, keeps the body in proper alignment. It reduces strain on the bones structure and individual muscle groups plus keeps muscles toned. Try to keep your feet flat on the floor while sitting instead of crossed or straight out in front of you. While standing, picture a straight line that drops from the ear to the shoulder to the hips.
  • Inhibit osteoporosis- Risks include smoking, excessive alcohol use, low calcium intake, and lack of exercise. Although men have a lower risk than women, they are still at risk, with white men holding the highest risk of all ethnic groups. Additional risks include prolonged exposure to certain medications, such as steroids, anticonvulsants, and certain cancer treatments. Regular weight bearing exercise, like lifting weights, help increase bone density.

   The male reproductive system's function is to produce, maintain, and transport genetic material. It's also an integral system to enhance quality of life. Some Men who are experiencing problems with functions of the male reproductive system, are often embarrassed to talk about it with a doctor.

   The most common disease or disorders of the male reproductive system are; Prostate cancer, Testicular cancer, Enlarged prostate or BPH, Prostatitis, Erectile dysfunction, Male infertility, Testosterone deficiency, Undescended testicle, Varicocele or dilated veins around testicle, Hydrocele or fluid around testicle. Male reproductive system health challenges also include genital ulcers, testicular disorders, or sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STDs.)

   Prostate issues are more common for men over 50. The prostate gland enlarges with age as some of the prostate tissue is replaced with a scar like tissue. This condition, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), affects about 50% of men. Prostate diseases fall into three categories; infections, malignant and hypertrophic. Symptoms of prostate problems or BPH are; Frequent urge to urinate, A need to get up many times during the night to urinate, Blood in urine or semen, Pain or burning urination, Decreased flow or velocity of urine stream, Dribbling of urine, Painful ejaculation, and Frequent pain or stiffness in lower back, hips, pelvic or rectal area, or upper thighs. Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and the risk increases with ageing. The most common age for men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is between 65 and 69 years. A male can get prostate cancer at any age but if they are under 50, the risk of getting prostate cancer is very low but it is possible.

   Herbal infusions have been used to manage male reproductive system issues, including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and the associated lower urinary tract symptoms. There are a handful of herbal actions that are beneficial in the holistic treatment of the male reproductive system; Reproductive Tonic, Diuretic, Circulatory Stimulant, Aphrodisiacs, Anti-Inflammatory, Alternative, and Astringent.

Definitions of Herbal Actions That Benefit The Male Reproductive System:

   Reproductive Tonic: This is a pretty generalized term to denote herbs which have a specific affinity for the male reproductive system. These are remedies which exert influence upon entire sphere of the male reproductive system- prostate and urinary tract health, hormonal regulation of testosterone, libido and sexual vitality, etc.

   Diuretic: This is likely one of our most beneficial actions for this system as it delivers things directly to the afflicted area. Of course, this is primarily used in the relief of issues which are reflexing or radiating into the urinary tract (IE swollen prostate).

   Circulatory Stimulant: These are particularly beneficial for bringing fresh oxygenated blood supply to the various glands and organs of the system, delivering nutrients and allowing waste products to be filtered and detoxified. This action is particularly helpful for men with erectile dysfunction- which often accompanies cardiovascular issues.

   Aphrodisiacs: These are of course beneficial for men with impotence and low libido. Some help to increase blood circulation, others nerve excitability and sensitivity, and others more gentle heart opening remedies. Another category of aphrodisiacs would also be our “chi tonics,” or those herbs which help build up our core strength and vitality, nourishing the vital reserve.

   Anti-Inflammatory: Because the prostate is prone to inflammation (prostatitis), anti-inflammatory remedies can prove to be beneficial here.

   Alterative: These can be useful in cases of androgen excess, which can ultimately stress out the liver and lead to “bad blood” due to the strain put on it to detoxify too many hormones. These could also be generally supportive in cases of overall stagnation and kapha accumulation (slows down digestion, as well as metabolism), which can have a secondary impact upon the prostate and circulation to the pelvic area. They would more specific for damp conditions or excess testosterone and heat.

   Astringent: Astringency can prove to be effective specifically in the treatment of relaxed tissues, especially of the urinary tract, which can in turn impact the reproductive system as the two systems are to a certain extent inseparable. We want to use these if there is an excess of leaking fluids- be them sexual fluids or urine.

   Many immune system disorders or diseases are chronic illnesses and are hard to address with modern medicine. With all holistic healing, any approach to whole body immunity must address the following aspects of human life;

  • Bodily health and wholeness. The Health Guardian should ensure that the physical body has the appropriate nutritional and healing support to prevent or treat ills of chronic illnesses that may be affect it.
  • Emotional well-being. The Health Guardian should ensure that the person dealing with an immune system disorder has a nurturing, feeling experience of life, encompassing both the joy and the pain of human life.
  • Mental vision and perspective. The Health Guardian should help create a mind-set within which the individual can find his or her own place in the world and make life choices from the center of his or her being, not from a victim’s stance.
  • Spiritual openness and vitality. This will take the shape of whatever feels appropriate for the individual.

   Nurturing wellness through pathology prevention becomes a readily achievable goal when used with immunomodulators within the context of the holistic approach. A range of immune system pathologies can be addressed with herbal infusions: System tonics will nourish and tone the whole immune system’s form. Bitter tonics will have a generalized toning effect in additional to specific herbal properties and actions. Cleansing and detoxification can be greatly facilitated through herbal infusions support of the body’s eliminative functions. 

   There are over 50 kinds of immune system disorders and diseases. These are the most common ones; Type 1 diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Multiple sclerosis, Gillian-Barre syndrome, Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Psoriasis, Grave’s disease, Hashimoto thyroiditis, Myasthenia gravis, and Vasculitis.

   As we age, our immune response capability becomes reduced, which in turn contributes to more infections and more cancer. While some people age healthily, the conclusion of many studies is that, compared with younger people, the elderly are more likely to contract infectious diseases and, even more importantly, more likely to die from them. Respiratory infections, influenza, and particularly pneumonia is a leading cause of death in people over 65 worldwide. No one knows for sure why this happens, but some scientists observe that this increased risk correlates with a decrease in T cells, possibly from the thymus atrophying with age and producing fewer T cells to fight off infection. Whether this decrease in thymus function explains the drop in T cells or whether other changes play a role is not fully understood. Others are interested in whether the bone marrow becomes less efficient at producing the stem cells that give rise to the cells of the immune system.

   There appears to be a connection between nutrition and immunity in the elderly. A form of malnutrition that is surprisingly common even in affluent countries is known as "micronutrient malnutrition." Micronutrient malnutrition, in which a person is deficient in some essential vitamins and trace minerals that are obtained from or supplemented by diet, can be common in the elderly. Older people tend to eat less and often have less variety in their diets. Dietary supplements may help older people maintain a healthier immune system. Older people should discuss this question with a physician who is well versed in geriatric nutrition, because while some dietary supplementation may be beneficial for older people, even small changes can have serious repercussions in this age group.

 

  These are the common diseases of the female reproductive system; Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids, Gynecologic Cancer, Cervical Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Interstitial Cystitis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

   The organs of the female reproductive system produce and sustain the female sex cells (egg cells or ova), transport these cells to a site where they may be fertilized by sperm, provide a favorable environment for the developing fetus, move the fetus to the outside at the end of the development period, and produce the female sex hormones. Estrogen and progesterone stimulate the development of glandular tissue and ducts in the breast. Follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, estrogen, and progesterone have major roles in regulating the functions of the female reproductive system.

   Menopause occurs when a woman's reproductive cycles stop. This period is marked by decreased levels of ovarian hormones and increased levels of pituitary follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. The changing hormone levels are responsible for the symptoms associated with menopause. For several years before menopause the decline in ovarian hormone reproduction brings changes in physiology that are expressed as a variety of discomforting sign and symptoms such as; Some atrophy of vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries, Vaginal wall shortens, thins and loses muscle tone, Labia majora becomes thinner, paler, and less elastic, Supporting muscles lose muscle tone ( sphincter muscles, bladder, rectum), Secretion of cervical mucus decreases, Breast size, firmness and shape change, Body hair thins in most women, but increases in some, Wrinkling and loss of skin tone occur, Body fat is redistributed, Bone mass is lost, and Metabolic rate slows.

   There are herbal remedies that help with symptoms of menopause, symptoms such as; Hot Flashes, Insomnia, Fatigue, Depression, Genitourinary, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, and Osteoporosis. These herbal remedies include, but are not limited to; Hormonal normalizers, Uterine tonics, Nervine relaxants, Antidepressants, Laxatives, Anti-Hypertension, Alternatives, Diuretics, Antispasmodics, and Bitters. In the terms of tonic support, besides the Uterine tonics, the reproductive, endocrine, nervous and cardiovascular systems tonics should all be taken into consideration for a holistic balance in the female reproductive system.

   The skin stretches two square meters and weighs over 10 pounds! Waterproof yet permeable, protective yet sensitive, skin may best be described as the outer expression of inner health. The epidermal or integumentary system is susceptible to a variety of diseases, disorders, and injuries. These range from annoying but relatively benign bacterial or fungal infections that are categorized as disorders, to skin cancer and severe burns, which can be fatal.

   The body is a complicated system that consists of many subsystems that help to keep it functioning properly. These subsystems serve a variety of purposes and require needed materials to function properly, as well as means of communicating information to other parts of the body. Thus, the skin and other parts of the epidermal or integumentary system work with other systems in the body to maintain and support the conditions that cells, tissues, and organs need to function properly.

   The skin is one of the first defense mechanisms in the immune system. Tiny glands in the skin secrete oils that enhance the barrier function of the skin. Immune cells live in the skin and provide the first line of defense against infections. By helping to synthesize and absorb vitamin D, the epidermal or integumentary system works with the digestive system to encourage the uptake of calcium from our diet. This substance enters the bloodstream though the capillary networks in the skin. Healthy functioning of the skin also is related to the digestive system because the digestion and assimilation of dietary fats and oils are essential for the body to be able to make the protective oils for the skin and hair.

   The epidermal or integumentary system also works closely with the circulatory system and the surface capillaries through the body. Because certain substances can enter the bloodstream through the capillary networks in the skin, patches can be used to deliver medications in this manner for conditions ranging from heart problems (nitroglycerin) to smoking cessation (nicotine patches).

   The skin also is important in helping to regulate body temperature. If we are too hot or too cold, our brain sends nerve impulses to the skin, which has three ways to either increase or decrease heat loss from the body's surface: hairs on the skin trap more warmth if they are standing up, and less if they are lying flat; glands under the skin secrete sweat onto the surface of the skin in order to increase heat loss by evaporation if the body is too hot; capillaries near the surface can open when our body needs to cool off and close when we need to conserve heat.

   The skin plays a vital role in our body as regards the sense of touch. The nervous system depends on neurons embedded in our skin to sense the outside world. It processes input from our senses, including touch, and initiates actions based on those inputs. For example, when we stub your toe, nerve cells in the foot send signals up the leg, through the spinal cord, and up into the brain. The nerve cell connections in the brain sense these signals as pain.

   As well as interacting with the body systems as explained above, the epidermal or integumentary system also contributes to numerous physiological processes, especially those involved in the regulation of the body’s internal environment so as to maintain a stable condition. An example is provided by the way that the skin helps in temperature regulation by changes in the pattern of blood supply to the skin and by sweating, as mentioned above.

   Your hormones are involved in every aspect of your health. You need them in very specific amounts for your body to function optimally. Hormonal imbalances may increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems. Despite the fact that aging and other factors are beyond your control, there are many steps you can take to help your hormones function optimally. Consuming nutritious foods, exercising on a regular basis and engaging in other healthy behaviors can go a long way toward improving your hormonal health.

   The endocrine system, along with the nervous system, functions in the regulation of body activities. The endocrine system acts through chemical messengers called hormones that influence growth, development, and metabolic activities. The action of the endocrine system is measured in minutes, hours, or weeks and is more generalized than the action of the nervous system. Some issues that can happen with your endocrine system are; • Infertility. This may be caused by a problem with the hormones that control ovulation in women and the making of sperm in men.

   Hyperthyroidism This condition can change your energy level. It can make you lose weight. And it can give you a fast heart rate. It is caused by having too much thyroid hormone in your body.

   Hypothyroidism It can make you feel tired. And it can make you feel constipated. It is caused by not having enough thyroid hormone in your body. • Diabetes. This happens when your body can't produce enough of the hormone insulin or can't use it properly. Then your body can't regulate the amount of sugar in your blood. High blood sugar can damage your eyes, nerves, kidneys, and blood vessels.

   Missed or irregular periods. The hormones that control menstruation can go out of balance in some women.

   Hormones have profound effects on your mental, physical and emotional health. These chemical messengers play a major role in controlling your appetite, weight and mood, among other things. Normally, your endocrine glands produce the precise amount of each hormone needed for various processes in your body. However, hormonal imbalances have become increasingly common with today's fast-paced modern lifestyle. In addition, certain hormones decline with age, and some people experience a more dramatic decrease than others.

   Fortunately, a nutritious diet and other healthy lifestyle behaviors may help improve your hormonal health and allow you to feel and perform your best. Here are 12 natural ways to balance your hormones;

  1. Eat Enough Protein at Every Meal; Consuming adequate protein triggers the production of hormones that suppress appetite and help you feel full. Aim for a minimum of 20–30 grams of protein per meal.
  2. Engage in Regular Exercise; Performing strength training, aerobics, walking or other forms of physical activity can modify hormone levels in a way that reduces the risk of disease and protects muscle mass during the aging process.
  3. Avoid Sugar and Refined Carbs; Diets high in sugar and refined carbs have been shown to drive insulin resistance. Avoiding these foods and reducing overall carb intake may decrease insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
  4. Learn to Manage Stress; Engaging in stress-reduction behaviors like meditation, yoga, massage and listening to soothing music can help normalize your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  5. Consume Healthy Fats; Including healthy natural fats in your diet and avoiding unhealthy trans fats can help reduce insulin resistance and stimulate the production of hormones that help control appetite.
  6. Avoid Overeating and Undereating; Consuming too many or too few calories can lead to hormonal imbalances. Aim to eat at least 1,200 calories per day for optimal health.
  7. Drink Herbal Infusions; Some herbal infusions have been linked to increased insulin sensitivity and lower insulin levels for people who are overweight, obese or have diabetes.
  8. Eat Fatty Fish Often; Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may help lower cortisol and epinephrine, increase insulin sensitivity and decrease insulin levels in obese and insulin-resistant individuals.
  9. Get Consistent, High-Quality Sleep; Inadequate or poor-quality sleep has been shown to decrease fullness hormones, increase hunger and stress hormones, reduce growth hormone and increase insulin resistance.
  10. Stay Away from Sugary Beverages; High intake of sugary beverages has consistently been linked to higher insulin levels and insulin resistance in overweight and obese adults and children.
  11. Consume a High-Fiber Diet; High fiber intake has been linked to improvements in insulin sensitivity and the hormones that control hunger, fullness and food intake.
  12. Eat Eggs Anytime; Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They've been shown to beneficially affect hormones that regulate food intake, including lowering levels of insulin and ghrelin, and increasing PYY. Importantly, these positive effects on hormones seem to occur when people eat both the egg yolk and egg white.

   Digestive diseases or issues are disorders of the digestive tract, or the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Some of the symptoms that may need to be addressed are; bleeding stools, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea and vomiting, pain in our stomach or bowels, swallowing problems, weigh gain or loss.

   Some common issues of the digestive system include; GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, gastritis, peptic ulcers, cirrhosis, autoimmune, hepatitis B & C, pancreatitis, gallstones, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, malabsorption, short bowel syndrome, intestinal ischemia, hiatal hernia, anal fissure, proctitis, rectal prolapse and hemorrhoids..

   Our lifestyle and choice of foods can affect the way the body digests what we eat. Here are some suggestions we can do to have a healthy digestive system and prevent disease:

  • Eat a high-fiber diet: According to Maria Adams, RD, MPH, a nutrition consultant in Marblehead, Massachusetts, consuming a diet that's high in fiber and rich in whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruits can improve our digestive health. A high-fiber diet can also help we prevent various digestive conditions, such as diverticulosis, hemorrhoids, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Eat both insoluble and soluble fiber: Insoluble fiber, also known as roughage, can't be digested by the body and therefore helps add bulk to the stools. Soluble fiber draws in water and can help prevent stools that are too watery. Good sources of insoluble fiber include wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains; get soluble fiber from oat bran, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
  • Limit foods that are high in fat: Fatty foods tend to slow down the digestive process, making we more prone to constipation. But it's important to get some fat in our diet, so pairing fatty foods with high-fiber foods can make fatty foods easier on our digestive system.
  • Eat lean meats: Protein is an essential part of a healthful diet, but fatty cuts of meat can lead to uncomfortable digestion. Select lean cuts, such as pork loin and skinless poultry.
  • Incorporate probiotics into our diet: Probiotics are the same kind of healthy bacteria naturally present in our digestive tract. Probiotics can enhance nutrient absorption, may help break down lactose, strengthen our immune system, and possibly even help treat IBS. A good source of probiotics is found in low-fat yogurt and kefir (fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains.)
  • Eat on schedule: Consuming our meals and snacks on a regular schedule can help keep our digestive system in top shape. Aim to sit down for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks around the same time each day.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is good for our digestive health, according to Adams. Fiber pulls water into the colon to create softer, bulkier stools, allowing them to pass through more easily.
  • Skip the bad habits: smoking, excessive caffeine, and alcohol. Liquor, coffee, and cigarettes can interfere with the functioning of our digestive system, and lead to problems like stomach ulcers and heartburn.
  • Exercise regularly: "Regular exercise helps keep foods moving through our digestive system, reducing constipation. Exercise can also help we maintain a healthy weight, which is good for our digestive health. Make it a point to work regular exercise into our weekly schedule.
  • Manage stress: Too much stress or anxiety can cause our digestive system to go into overdrive, according to Adams. Find stress-reducing activities that we enjoy and practice them on a regular basis.