The hypothalamus is a region of the brain that controls a large amount of body functions.external image 19239.jpg
It is located in the middle of the brain. The main function is homeostasis, or maintaining the body’s quo.
Blood pressure, body temperature, fluid and electrolyte balance, and body weight are all factors
that the hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining. From day to day these body functions are
restored to their full potential. The hypothalamus also tells us if we are hungry or when we are full.
Sensory inputs such as smell, taste, and gut digestion all contribute to knowing if we are full or hungry.
Other functions of the body that the hypothalamus controls are autonomic function control,
endocrine function control, homeostasis, motor function control, food and water intake regulation and
sleep-wake cycle regulation. It also controls the pituitary gland.