What is normal?

What is normal? Interesting question. Normal, as defined by Webster's, is "according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle or conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern". I have found patients don't often give me the information...

5 Health Myths

Over the years myths about what is healthy and what is not healthy have been circulated as truths. Here are 5 myths, that can impact your health, that are not totally true.1. Probiotics are the "good bacteria" that needs to be in our digestive systems....

Muscle and organs, what’s the connection?

In 1964 Dr. George Goodheart Jr. DC introduced a new procedure into the Chiropractic profession called Applied Kinesiology (manual muscle testing). This procedure was based on research from 1949 by Kendall and Kendall, physical therapists.Muscle-organ...

Probiotics yes or no?

People use these "healthy bacteria" by the tons. We see probiotics in commercially made food items, yogurt especially. The companies making these products have zero integrity because they promote these "health" foods to us by putting in Pro-Biotics then load it full...

How much versus what kind of vitamins?

Today's world of vitamin supplements has much confusion and contradiction!I shared this article on Facebook. It was talking about calcium and heart issues. As I was reading the article, I realized with almost all vitamin research they are always talking...

What does it take to be healthy? Part 1

What does it take to be healthy? What a great question, huh? Does any one really know? The medical society implies that being healthy is when "your numbers are with normal limits". Really? My numbers? What numbers and who decides what these numbers are? I...

What does it take to be healthy? Part 2

What does it take to be healthy? In the last blog, I pointed out the different philosophies based on the opinions of various health professions. WHO's (World Health Organization) definition of Health. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well...

Chiropractors are not just spine doctors!

Although my degree is in Chiropractic, I have spent much time and energy learning about emotions and how emotions impact the body, and how nutrition and whole food nutritional supplements heal, along with homeopathic remedies and herbal remedies (natures drugs, did...

Thyroid, everybody has one and it should work!

In my practice, I am often asked about thyroid gland issues. This is a common problem and is becoming a bigger issue with younger and younger people. Traditionally, women are more affected by thyroid problems than men are, however that is changing and I am...

Your Body Deserves Regular Maintenance

In June I bought a new car, (the 11th car I have owned since age 18). It was needed and well deserved since my last car was purchased in 1998. With the new car comes parking in far away parking spaces, which is nice because now I am getting a little more walking in!...

Disease Process and the Autoimmune Response

Ever Google autoimmune? I just did...9/16/2013 10:39 am. About 10,900,000 results (0.15 seconds). Staggering, isn't it?The medical research world is discovering that nearly every disease process has an autoimmune component to it. Also, based on this...

My life is so stressful!

Stress, everybody has it, and your stress is not as bad as my stress! Just ask anyone. It is almost a contest when we start talking about the STRESS in our lives. So who is the winner? The one with the most stress or the least stress?I like to say, it's...

My life is so stressful!

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Stress, everybody has it, and your stress is not as bad as my stress! Just ask anyone. It is almost a contest when we start talking about the STRESS in our lives. So who is the winner? The one with the most stress or the least stress?

I like to say, it’s not the stress but how we choose to respond to the stress! (which is a blog for another day)

What effect does stress have on the body? Now isn’t that is an excellent question? We know that stress can cause the blood pressure to rise, can tighten muscles, and can increase urination and/or bowel movement. Stress uses up the nutrition in the body, and you feel like your “on” switch is always on. We call that sympathetic dominance. And we can get stuck as the exhausted person who is always on the go. The nervous system is always going, the brain will not shut off. We have found that minerals will help that person to calm down – to put the brakes on.

Stress also depletes the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are the stress glands, meaning they respond to the stressful situations and when the adrenals get depleted there are many signs to alert us. Unfortunately, we have been well trained to ignore these signs until total exhaustion and break down occurs. Adrenal depletion happens over time but may start out with: tired but can’t fall asleep, high blood pressure, asthma and allergy issues, fatigue, and loss of libido. Dizziness when you go from a lying or sitting position to standing. Women may notice changes in menstrual cycles as well.

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Then, there are physical signs like knee pain, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, and low back pain. We may even get physical therapy that seems to make it worse or Chiropractic adjustments may help but only for a short time and the pains just keep coming back. And of course the sign nobody likes…..weight gain around the waist. Adrenal gland issues can complicate severe conditions like Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

The adrenal glands are located on the top of the kidneys, and they are part of the endocrine system.”The outer part of the adrenal gland is called the cortex and produces steroid hormones such as cortisol, aldosterone, and testosterone. The inner part of the adrenal gland is called the medulla and produces epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are commonly called adrenaline and noradrenaline” (source: Medline Plus).

The adrenals help with water regulation, blood sugar balance, inflammation and immune system activity and hormonal regulation.

To keep your adrenal glands healthy you need foods high in vitamin C (not ascorbic acid since that is not truly vitamin C), you need vitamin B complex and you need sodium. People will low adrenals will crave salt! Give me a margarita with EXTRA salt hold the margarita!

Almost everyone in today’s world has excessive stress, and signs of adrenal depletion. There are a few simple tests to determine adrenal exhaustion, one common test is Raglands Hypotension test where you take your blood pressure laying down then again immediately when standing. Blood pressure needs to go up by about 10 millimeters of mercury, if not you may have adrenal fatigue.

There are nutritional supplements, from Standard Process, and herbs that will feed and nourish the adrenals. Such as Licorice Root, Rehmannia, Siberian and Korean ginseng and Withania.

Contact us at 303-427-2414 if you have questions about your adrenal health!

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