What is the Hypothalamus? And How Does it Support Intellectual Work?

The hypothalamus plays an important and fundamental role in hormonal balance. Related to instinct, this is the part of the brain that dogs operate from and it’s no accident that the dog’s sense of smell (and animals in general) is so powerful. The hypothalamus is part of the Lungs/Colon family which governs the sense of smell. The hypothalamus works with the rhinencephalon or the “nose brain”, which receives input from odors, and acts on sexual hormonal secretions.

The hypothalamus works under the cerebral cortex and is sensitive to stress and physical and intellectual overwork. It is also related to reactions of frustration.

Physical Overwork
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Intellectual Overwork/Studying for Exams
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Depressive States
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This article is for informational purposes only and does not replace medical advice or treatment.

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Alexsandra Shih-Pajares is a writer, self-care coach, and holistic health practitioner who incorporates Jin Shin Jyutsu, HeartMath, Human Design, and Nutripuncture in her work. She also offers Quantum Biofeeback sessions for personal development. You can find her writing on What Therapy, a wellness portal she helms along with her own practice at www.SandraShih.ca. Alex offers courses, workshops, and online sessions to share tools and techniques for you to build your own practice to shed the old and live as who you truly are.