You are tired in the morning. It is hard to get out of bed…no matter how much sleep you get. Usually the sleep you get isn’t much.
You have become a night owl. Yes, you are tired in the afternoon, but you suddenly get that second burst of energy at what should be bedtime.
You have gained weight. At first you figured the couple of pounds each year was just part of aging. However, now it seems like no matter what you do, you can’t seem to shake any weight. The scale keeps going up, and you don’t like your pant size.
Your cravings are getting so regular that you aren’t sure you can even call them cravings…they are just a part of you.
You have blood sugar issues that have you grazing all day long. When you go more than a couple of hours without food, you get hangry.
And sex…well you really don’t have the energy for it most days.
Face it. You just don’t feel well, and you wonder if this is what it is going to be like for the rest of your life. It seems that it is just a matter of time before you have a chronic illness. After all doesn’t this comes with aging?
Aging is not the cause of these symptoms.
What is the cause? Do you care what the cause is? If you just want to go to a medical doctor and have her give you some pills to take to resolve the symptoms, you might as well stop reading now. This article isn’t for you.
I really should be studying. Later this afternoon I have a 2 hour midterm practical test with Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. Edited: I PASSED. I have been studying about Metabolic Chaos® and how are bodies are so beautifully interconnected. I have been learning to order lab work in order to investigate the cause of symptoms and interpret levels of steroid hormones, sex hormones, melatonin and even investigate digestive issues, oxidative stress, and detoxification issues.
You are living under chronic stress. Your days are filled with activities, responsibilities, surprises and goals that women of a hundred years ago would not have had in a week’s time. Yet, you try to get it all done in a day. Unless you are living in a bubble, stress of all kinds is flying at you at a rate that increases the more technology we seem to discover.
Your body manages stress in its HPA Axis. The hypothalamus and pituitary glands are located in the brain. When you experience stress, they communicate to the adrenal glands, little cone-shaped organs sitting on top of your kidneys, to produce the hormone coritsol. It doesn’t matter if the stress is mental, emotional, physical or chemical. A stress is a stress, is a stress and more cortisol is produced.
Cortisol is your stress hormone. Your body produces more cortisol in order to help your body manage stress. It raises your blood sugar. It gives you energy. It is anti-inflammatory and a pain-killer. You can feel pretty good when cortisol is coursing through your body. However this is meant to happen only occasionally when you are under acute stress. Then when the stress is over, your body reduces the amount of cortisol, and you go back to homeostasis.
However when you are under chronic stress your body tires. Anything can start to happen in any part of the HPA Axis. Adrenal dysfunction occurs. When this happens, because your body is so inter-connected, symptoms of chronic stress overload can show up in one or more areas of your body….your thyroid function, fat and protein metabolism, detoxification systems, neural tissue health, muscular-skeletal health, and more.
If you focus on resolving the symptom, nothing is fixed in the area that caused the problem to begin with. You might lose a little weight be reducing calories or exercising longer or harder, but typically the weight will return because the cause of the chaos has not been resolved.
Finding out through lab work what areas are not in homeostasis, what hormones are low, or what areas are out of whack can give clues as to further investigation into your body imbalance. It gives clues for intelligent support, stimulation and substitution of what might be missing. Through a complete D.R.E.S.S Health for Success Program® that FDN has developed, you can give your body what it may need to allow it to move back to homeostasis and allow symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, cravings, sleeplessness and more to improve.
Your body is wonderfully made. You are meant to be in balance. You are meant to feel well.
I look forward to blogging more about what I am learning about chronic stress and how it affects your body. I am so excited to take and hopefully pass my midterm practical. Soon I will be ready to work with two people for my test clients who are interested in helping their bodies restore optimal function through lab work to find hidden stressors in hormones, immune system, digestive and detoxification systems, energy production and nervous system, and then do the work through the D.R.E.S.S Health for Success Program® to help their bodies. I am half way done with the program. I will continue learning more out about the body and its systems, especially the gut and thyroid functions while I work with 2 people who are willing to pay for the labs but get my services free.
There are no guarantees to health, but we can have reasonable expectations of moving toward optimal health when we uncover the underlying causes of dysfunction and support our bodies to move toward homeostasis. This is exciting stuff.
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