Sympathetic Dominance

Long standing stress can result in the adrenal glands becoming overworked and fatigued. This results in a cascade of problems that may seem unrelated.

Symptoms include

  • Recurring shoulder and neck tightness causing headaches
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Light sleep and vivid dreams
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Digestive upsets
  • Hormone imbalances that may be responsible for infertility, PCOS and uterine fibroids

What can you do about this? Ask your chiropractor about:

  • Specific rib and spinal adjustments from your chiropractor as well as using an at home posture device
  • There are a range of supplements that may be of use to lessen the inflammatory burden on your body
  • Red lenses and other additions to screens
  • Structured chill out time everyday – yes that means meditation
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Adrenal Fatigue

It isn’t actually possible to be experiencing stress without impacting your adrenal glands. It isn’t possible to be in a state of Sympathetic Dominance and not be putting these guys through their paces. Every flight or fight period is supposed to be followed by a rest and recovery period. This is what gives our adrenals a chance to recharge.

However, if we are driving these glands too much and too often they tire out. When this happens the flow on effects can be widespread

Symptoms include

  • Fatigue, irritability and anger
  • Mood Swings and depression
  • General Malaise
  • Headaches
  • Brain Fog, trouble with concentration and memory
  • A cascade of symptoms related to gut and hormones

What can you do about this? Ask your chiropractor about:

  • Specific rib and spinal adjustments from your chiropractor as well as using an at home posture device
  • There are a range of supplements that may be of use to lessen the inflammatory burden on your body
  • Red lenses and other additions to screens
  • Structured chill out time everyday – yes that means meditation

Oestrogen Dominance

Long standing or severe adrenal fatigue can result in an imbalance in Oestrogen and Progesterone resulting in oestrogen dominance

Symptoms include

  • Painful / heavy / irregular periods
  • Mid cycle spotting
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Infertility due to anovulatory cycles
  • Depression, anxiety or irritability
  • Weight gain and water retention / bloating
  • Headaches
  • Thyroid imbalances (hair loss, insomnia, etc)
  • Gall bladder disease

This may be exacerbated by Xenoestrogens which are chemicals found in the environment that mimic oestrogen and include

  • Some skin creams, fake tanning lotions (check the labels)
  • Foods containing pesticide and herbicide residue (eat organic)
  • Food or drinks stored in containers containing BPA 7

What can you do about this?

  • Address the adrenal fatigue as previously discussed
  • Avoid xenoestrogens as discussed above
  • Talk to your chiropractor about accessing USP certified bioidentical progesterone cream
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Leaky Gut Syndrome

Long standing or severe adrenal fatigue can result in increased permeability of the gut allowing toxins, waste and undigested food particles to slip through into the blood stream. This can lead to an increase in inflammatory markers called cytokines over a period of hours or days after exposure and an IgG test will show the presence of this in Leaky Gut Syndrome. Cytokines can cause a variety of reactions throughout the body.

This is different to an immediate allergic reaction (IgE response diagnosed with skin prick tests).

Symptoms include

  • Bloating and water retention
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Inflammation of the skin (psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis) or joints (arthritis)
  • Chrohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Inflammation of the myelin sheath (MS like symptoms)
  • Inflammation of the nervous system

What you can do about this?

  • Talk to your chiropractor about a IgG blood test (this is different to the skin prick tests for allergies) to diagnose your food sensitivities
  • Once discovered remove offending foods from your diet for around 6 months. It may be possible to reintroduce some foods with the lowest sensitivities after this time after a staged reintroduction.
  • Treat the gut lining with a good quality probiotic recommended by your chiropractor
  • Treat the gut lining using bone broths
  • If problems are severe and long standing other supplements may be required
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Bone Broths

Bone broths v Stock

Stock is typically cooked for a shorter amount of time than a true bone broth. Both are made from bones, often with residual meat on them and often after the bone has previously been roasted, along with some vegetables and seasoning, although this is optional.

Stock produces gelatine from the bones but the bone broth also releases other minerals that are highly beneficial in healing our gut and for our overall health.

Gelatine supports digestive health but Glycine produced in bone broths aids in the synthesis of haemoglobin, supports digestion and the secretion of gastric acids and proline supports good skin health especially when paired with vitamin C.

Some drink the broth straight like a tea but they are just as effective used as a base for soups or in cooking stews or other stock based dishes.

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