Over the past few weeks we have learned how spinal misalignments / subluxations can cause the release of stress hormones inside your body and how this is the real issue that needs to be addressed when you start chiropractic care.
Today we are going to learn more about the 3 stress hormones starting with adrenalin.
Adrenalin is your fight or flight hormone. Adrenalin puts you into a state of ‘high alert’ and prepares you to take swift and decisive action when you are in a threatening situation.
This is okay in the short term but when adrenalin is being constantly released into your body especially when it shouldn’t be, it is going to increase or elevate your sympathetic tone. With an increased sympathetic tone, you will find it hard to relax and unwind. Increased sympathetic tone will also cause inflammation within your body. This is why so many people are taking anti-inflammatory drugs because you don’t have pain unless you have inflammation.
Cortisol is another stress hormone that we talked about. High levels of cortisol inside your body will impair the function of your immune system and increase wound healing time. Cortisol counteracts insulin and can also cause insulin resistance. Insulin is another important hormone in your body and its job is to regulate your blood sugar. If insulin is low or you are not producing insulin or you are insulin resistant, you will become diabetic. And diabetes is another rapidly growing health problem in North America just like spinal degenerative arthritis.
Dopa is the other hormone we talked about and higher levels of dopa can cause ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder) and impulsive behaviours.
Another thing you need to know about adrenalin is that when it is released into your body, the majority of your blood supply is redirected to your brain, heart and skeletal muscles. Remember fight or flight. This okay in the short term but in the long term, the other systems in your body will start to dysfunction because they are not getting proper blood supply. For example, if your immune system starts to dysfunction you will be more susceptible to sickness and disease. If your digestive system starts to dysfunction, you will have digestion and bowel problems. If it’s your reproductive system, you would have fertility issues.
Now I know all of this stuff sounds kind of morbid, but it is something that you absolutely need to know. Because chances are your family doctor is not going to tell you and their solution to most health problems is medication anyway.
What you absolutely need to know even more so is what you can do to prevent this from happening to you and your children and what you can do to have healthy and balanced hormones.
This is what we will learn next time.
If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me. Remember that consultations are always free of charge which includes a free posture check. We offer this as a community service.
Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.
Remember too that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.
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