Do you feel like your internal clock is out of balance?
- Inability to fall asleep
- Inability to stay asleep
- Difficulty waking up in the morning
- Not feeling rested after sleep
- Not recovering from physical activity
- Drop of energy between and 4 and 7 pm
- Unexplainable blood sugar symptoms
- Inflammation, pain, and headache episodes in a diurnal pattern
- Being a slow starter in the morning
- Craving sweets
- Headaches with stress or exertion
- Irritability and anxiety
- Excess perspiration
- High or low blood sugar levels
These types of symptoms are brought about by chronic stress, food sensitivities, emotional traumas, physical traumas, excessive dietary carbohydrates and blood sugar swings just to name a few. Adrenal stress, dysregulation, and exhaustion can leave you feeling completely worn out. The good thing is with some simple changes you can make a huge impact and improve some of these common symptoms.
What are the adrenal glands?
These are endocrine glands located on top of your kidneys. The adrenal medulla are end organs of your sympathetic nervous system involved in the fight or flight response. To address adrenal gland physiology you must look at the neurological system as well as the endocrine system from a functional perspective. You cannot just take adrenal supplements to improve adrenal function. You must look at other areas that are involved! You must look at the brain!
Adrenal Stress Index
Have you ever heard of an Adrenal Stress Index Analysis (ASI)? In my office I run an ASI on all my patients that are having the symptoms above. The reason is that your cortisol circadian rhythm is modulated by 4 major components. When it comes to developing treatment plans I don’t guess, I test. Is this test expensive you are probably asking? No, it is around 120 dollars and we gain a ton of information!
These 4 major components are:
- Hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis affects quantity of release.
- Hippocampus modulates coordination of the rhythm
- Pineal Gland Modulation of coordination of release
- Mesencephalon in the brain modulates amplitude of the response
By running and ASI combined with a Functional Neurological exam I can attempt to narrow it down to where the major problem is in your physiology. When I have this information we can be more specific and certain in developing a management plan so we do not sit around spinning our wheels wasting precious time and money. There are specific neurological therapies/nutritional interventions that can be developed depending on which system is off! Just call my office for more information.
To start making some changes right now start by doing these 10 simple things:
- Attempt to keep your blood sugar as stable as possible
- Stay well hydrated
- Decrease processed foods and eat a more Paleolithic diet
- Eat quality protein and fat before you go to bed
- Eat quality protein and fat when you wake up
- Take a quality multivitamin
- Increase Omega three fatty acid intake
- Do something fun for exercise
- Decrease vertical eye movement and watching rapid moving objects on screens before you go to bed
- Perform deep pursed breathing exercises on the hour- breathe in for 4 blow out for eight
Hydration is Huge!
Here is a list symptoms potentially associated with chronic dehydration from F. Batmanghelij MD
- Colitis pain
- Dyspeptic pain
- False appendicitis pain
- Hiatal hernia
- Rheumatoid arthritis pain
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Angina pain
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Excess body weight
- Excess hunger
- Asthma and allergies
- Chronic fatigue
- Cognitive impairment
Look to the source. Go to the Foundation first-always! For more information on how to schedule a visit call 952 833 3038 or go to www.schmoechiropractic.com
Yours in health,
Dr. Jeremy Schmoe DC
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