Sleep deprived? Can’t fall asleep fast? Do you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep? Exposing yourself to natural light and avoiding artificial light (blue light) at the right times can help reset you circadian rhythm so you can sleep better. For the vast majority of our history as humans we were in sync with the natural rhythms of day and night without exposure to artificial or blue light. Being in sync with the natural rhythms of day and night is one of the … [Read more...]
Solving Fatigue and Adrenal Fatigue
Fatigue is one of the most common health problems I see in my practice. Patients either wake up tired or start yawning early to mid afternoon and struggle to stay awake. Or there is some people who are out right exhausted all of the time and are hanging on by a thread. And some people feel they need many cups of coffee just to get through the day. Does this describe you? Could it be you are overloading your body and mind with too many demands or “stress” and you are exhausting yourself?
Stress comes in many forms other than being mentally or emotionally stressed. Do you sit at a desk for five to eight hours a day? Do you eat a lot of refined flours and sugars (breads and cereals)? Are you overweight? Do you not exercise regularly or could you be exercising too much? Do you sleep less than 7 or 8 hours per night? Do you expose yourself to a lot of artificial light from your phone, computer and TV screens? Are you not getting outside everyday and exposing yourself to natural light? Do you have blood sugar problems (Diabetes or hypoglycemia)? Do you have pain, gut problems, cardiovascular problems, or skin conditions? All of these are examples of stress or demands your body has to be able handle.
Your body is designed to handle or adapt to stress for short periods of time. However, when the stress on your body and mind exceed what you are capable of handling, you will breakdown physically and mentally. Chronic fatigue and sickness are inevitable.
Breaking down physically and mentally always involves the failure of your stress hormone response system to work properly. Sometimes this is called Adrenal Fatigue but it is more accurately called HPA Axis Dysregulation (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Dysregulation or HPA-D for short). HPA-D involves the inability of your brain and nervous system to control and balance your levels of stress hormones like cortisol. It also causes changes in other hormones and chemicals in your brain such as DHEA, melatonin, and epinephrine. HPA-D affects nearly every cell and tissue in the body. For this reason, it must be addressed in virtually all cases of chronic illness in order for healing to occur.
The good news is there are safe and natural solutions for you to solve your fatigue and get your energy, strength, and focus back.
Are you hanging on by a thread? Depressed and anxious? Could a food intolerance to gluten or celiac disease be causing your depression and anxiety? I have a lot of patients that come to see me for chronic back, neck pain and other chronic joint-related problems. Many patients present with multiple pain complaints. Some of these patients have seen many health practitioners and have received lots of other therapies including massage therapy, chiropractic care, physiotherapy, … [Read more...]
Extreme fatigue? If you feel like you’re running a little slow like your computer does once in awhile, sometimes it’s necessary to hit your reset button. Intermittent fasting can be a great way to reset yourself to regain your strength, focus, and energy. Read on to determine if you’re a good candidate to do it. Our ancestors of over 10,000 years ago were hunters and gatherers. This means they likely went without food for 12-16 hours or even had full days where they ate … [Read more...]