How Does hCG Work?
Asking ourselves "How does hCG Work?" is not only helpful in terms of logically understanding hCG in the weight loss process but also because once we are able to visualize the process it helps us understand it emotionally (or subconsciously) as well.
It is hard for the human psyche to get fully behind something we do not understand, cannot conceive of and can't "picture".
HCG AND YOUR HYPOTHALAMUS
The hypothalamus is located just above the brain stem. It is known as the master switchboard and is a supervising center in the brain that links the body’s two control systems, the nervous systems and the endocrine system (the system of glands that produce secretions directly into the bloodstream to control metabolic activity).
In direct response to commands from the hypothalamus the nearby master endocrine gland, called the pituitary gland, secrets hormones that trigger the hormone release of hormones from other endocrine glands throughout the body - the major ones are - the thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, pineal and gonads (testes and ovaries).
The hypothalamus controls body temperature, hunger, thirst, blood pressure, heartbeat, gastric reflexes, maternal behavior, blood pressure, immune responses, carbohydrate and fat metabolism. The hypothalamus is ALSO responsible for the control of food intake.
HOW DOES HCG WORK?
Dr. Simeon’s hCG Weight Loss Protocol helps normalize the hormone communication between the hypothalamus, the other endocrine glands and the metabolic systems these hormones are targeted for.
In individuals with high excess levels of fat the hormonal communication governing these functions has gone askew. HCG assists the body in quickly reducing Adipose fat so the hormones can once again, communicate effectively.
THE THYROID GLAND
The Endocrine System and Metabolism
Metabolism basically refers to the chemical activities that take place in the body which are essential for life. These activities or processes are responsible for the different functions that living organisms are able to carry out, some of which include growth and development. The endocrine system plays a vital role in the metabolism of the body via several endocrine glands that are responsible for the secretion of endocrine hormones. Of particular importance in the function of the endocrine system and metabolism of the body are two organs: the thyroid and the pancreas.
Thyroid Gland and Cellular Metabolism
The thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands in man. It is found in the neck region located beneath the thyroid cartilage which is also known as the Adams apple. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism, therefore body temperature and weight. The role of the thyroid gland in the metabolism of the body is due chiefly to the effects of two hormones secreted by the thyroid gland. These hormones are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).
Thyroxine and Triiodothyronine
These two hormones also responsible for the proper utilization of energy, regulation of body growth, metabolic rate and development of bones and skeletal muscles.
THE PANCREAS GLAND
Pancreas and Cellular metabolism
The pancreas is another important component of the endocrine system and metabolism of the body due to the synthesis of two important endocrine hormones: insulin and glucagon. Insulin is vital to energy regulation and glucose metabolism in the body; it stimulates cells in the liver, muscle, and fat tissue to take up glucose from the blood, storing it as glycogen in the liver and muscle. Glucagon on the other hand raises blood glucose levels and the pancreas releases glucagon when blood glucose levels fall too low.
THE ADRENAL GLANDS
The two Adrenal glands sit one atop each kidney, and they secretes epinephrine (= adrenaline) and other similar hormones in response to stressors such as fright, anger, caffeine, or low blood sugar. They also secrete corticosteroids such as cortisone, an anti-inflammatory