The number one reason Americans visit their doctor is fatigue. As a culture, we are exhausted. People report feeling so tired to the point of having it be difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Making decisions, having energy for daily tasks, let along the energy for fun events sometimes feels like a burden. They may rely on caffeine, sugar, and energy drinks to get through the day, only making the problem worse in the long-run. Others experience this level of exhaustion throughout the day, but then feel "wired" when it is time to go to bed, unable to relax, and often with racing thoughts or anxiety. The root cause of both of these situations is stress and how our body's respond to stress on a hormonal level. The adrenal glands (2 walnut sized organs that sit on top of the kidneys) are the main organ to create the hormones that respond to stress like cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. These "stress hormones" should be allowing you to wake up energized and alert in the morning, have steady energy throughout the day, and gradually relax at the end of the day to naturally fall asleep. When these hormones become out of balance, typically due to chronic stress, our blood sugar is affected, we may experience sleep disturbances, experience stubborn weight gain often around our middle (belly fat), experience feelings of overwhelm, hair loss, estrogen/testosterone issues, inflammatory issues, and digestive disturbances. Many thyroid symptoms of fatigue, hair loss, sleep issues, and weight gain will not heal until adrenal issues are healed. The adrenal glands are incredibly important in our overall health.
Even our hunger hormones leptin and ghrelin become imbalanced with adrenal issues and chronic stress, impacting our body's sense of hunger and food cravings. Leptin and grhelin help to tell you when you are hungry or full, but when stress hormones are high, the brain is blocked from feeling this sense of fullness, so we continue to feel hungry and eat. This is another way, besides blood sugar, that chronic stress affects our weight or sabotages our weight loss goals. When we look at how our body's function, we see that stress and the long-term effects of stress have an enormous impact on our sense of wellbeing, our body's ability to heal and recover, as well as our hormones.
As you know, at Body In Balance, we want you to become educated on your health and be empowered to make healing changes that improve your wellbeing and your life. Join Jenn Evon, Functional Medicine Nutritionist on Wednesday, March 18th at 6pm to discuss: "How to go from "Wired and Tired" to Balanced and Resilient." Jenn will discuss adrenal health and hormones and will explain how to break the cycle of feeling "wired and tired" so you may experience sound sleep, steady energy throughout the day and weight loss.
Please call 303-215-0390 to reserve your space at the class. Visit our website at bodyinbalancechiropractic.com to learn more about our events and practitioners.
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