Thavma Family, I would love to introduce you to
Sarah Luce, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC.
Dr. Luce is a passionate provider with a diverse healthcare background and demonstrated enthusiasm for quality care. She has had the privilege of serving a myriad of clients with unique health needs in a variety of specialties (including but not limited to: functional + lifestyle medicine, otolaryngology, orthopedics, family medicine, allergy plus immunology.
She will be providing wonderful information on our blog about whole body health and ways to keep our immune systems strong and our body functioning optimally.
We will be using all of this information in conjunction with properly aligned yoga asanas to provide you with the tools that will keep you living a positively vibrant and healthy life.
The often forgotten, pinecone shaped gland, located near the center of the brain. About the size of a grain of rice (5-8mm), this structure was thought to be non-functional until various discoveries in the 1960’s proved otherwise. It was found that this endocrine gland wields substantial control over sleep modulation and sexual development.
A few decades later, strange calcifications were noted on autopsy…
I hope to unpack that for you today.
First, let’s talk about function: The pineal gland is responsible for melatonin – a serotonin-derived hormone responsible for sleep modulation, circadian rhythm, and reproductive physiology. In short, this gland should not be ignored!
Next, let’s talk dysfunction: Due to increasing prevalence of pineal calcification (mainly believed to be due to fluoride), the dysfunction of this essential gland is getting some long overdue attention! Symptoms of pineal calcification include, but are not limited to: sleep disorders, headache + migraine attacks, reduced cognition + reaction times, and reproductive problems. Perhaps the most concerning, is its precursor to neurogenerative disorders and links to early puberty in children.
Animal studies echo these findings – with fluoride exposure being directly linked to decreased melatonin and quickened sexual development in females. Conversely, a recent study found that a fluoride-free diet in rats actually stimulated pineal function + growth. In addition, reduced pineal size has recently been linked to increased likelihood of mood disorders.
Here’s the good news – there are a plethora of natural, proven methods available to decalcify the gland. First, be mindful of your fluoride exposure and reduce this immediately! Next, remember that food is medicine. The following nutrients have the proven ability to help detoxify and strengthen this vital structure:
- Super greens
- Raw cacao
- Fulvic acid
- Chaga mushrooms
- Shilajit powder
- Apple cider vinegar
- *Non-GMO, whole food, organic options are always best!
Another, vital component of pineal health is movement – particularly yoga! Our friends at @ThavmaYoga have a plethora of postures + flows to get you moving in the right direction! Be sure to check them out on Instagram + Facebook!
Finally, as your pineal gland strengthens, you will note reduced brain fog, better energy, healthier lab values, etc.!
Have questions or need a little help getting started? Contact us – we want to see you thrive.