The start of July, is the start of the second half of the year. You have the ability to take control of your health and your life.
The thyroid gland is the main organ regulating your metabolism and has a vast effect on your hormone levels. When there are problems with the thyroid, many different symptoms may be expressed.
With the stress of today’s society, there is a massive amount of stress placed on our bodies. In order to handle this stress our bodies involve another organ, the adrenal gland.
The adrenal gland is activated when we are under stress. The adrenal gland releases cortisol and adrenaline to prime our bodies to be best suited to get out of the current state of stress that we are in.
This is part of the sympathetic nervous system. This system has adapted over time to best allow our bodies to survive stressful situations. Previously these stresses would last seconds, minutes, or at the most hours. An example could be that you were walking along a trail and you turn the corner and there is a tiger waiting there for you.
Only two things would happen. Either you would run, climb, or fight for your life and make it, or you would become dinner.
To make the former, the outcome your body would intelligently:
Increase pupil size (to be able to be more aware of our surroundings)
Increase blood in your muscles (to send more energy)
Increase in heart rate and contraction (to move nutrients more quickly)
Increase in lungs breathing capacity (to get more oxygen for more energy)
Decrease in immune system functioning (we need to fight a tiger, not the flu)
Decrease in learning and concentration (now’s not the time to do math)
Decrease blood in your digestive tract (we don’t need to poop right now)
If this all works successfully and we escape or kill the tiger the stress will be over and we would move on. If it is not successful, we will be provide a pretty good meal for the tiger.
Either way, the stress was over rather quickly.
Once the stress was gone, all the changes would return to normal.
However, in today’s world our stressors have changed. We are no longer being chased by wild animals or out killing our dinner at night. We are able to go to an air conditioned grocery store where we push a cart full of prepackaged, usually processed, always expensive food.
But because we worked all day, then went to practice, and now just got back from the store, we will start to make dinner at 8:00 at night. Since our bills are due, and it’s time for an oil change, and we don’t get paid until next week, we cannot get a good night’s rest.
So we wake up the next day to take the kid to school and go to work to deal with our horrible boss. Only to come home and start the whole process all over again.
In today’s world we don’t escape our stressors. They follow us wherever we go.
If we cannot change our financial standing, get a better paying job, or reduce our kids’ schedule, we have to do something to better handle this stress, because it is literally killing us.
The same stress that is beneficial short term, will kill us long term if it persists.
If we go back up to the changes that we see with an increase of our sympathetic nervous system we will see that many of the top killers of Americans can be caused by an excessive amount of stress, such as:
1. Heart disease (heart works too hard long term causing disease)
2. Cancer (we all have cancer cells circulating, only when our immune system doesn’t kill them, do they cause problems)
3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases (may be caused by lifestyle or sustained weakened immune system)
5. Stroke (decreased blood flow to the brain which may be caused by decreased size of blood vessels, seen with increased stress)
To make things worse, when our body is under long term stress our posture is affected. This may not make sense at first, but let me explain.
If you are walking in a dark alley and someone pops out in front of you and attempts to swing a bat at you, the body will naturally go into a tucked in position to protect all of your vital organs.
If you fall to the ground and the person is still standing over you, you will go into the fetal position because your body is trying to protect itself from the stress.
If you look at many of the people walking around today, that is the posture they are in.
The health and function of your spine is crucial to reduce the amount of stress that you have in your life. With subluxations, your body automatically goes into a stress state.
In our office with our state of the art technology we are able to assess the amount of stress you are under. Also once you start care, we are able track your progress.
To find out how much stress has affected your nervous system, and to take back your life today, call (904)718-6330.
Your current state in life is not where it is because of a lack of information. Where we are is a result on our application of our knowledge. Do not just read this information, love it and then put off taking action.
There is no better time than now, take care of yourself so you can live the life you have always dreamed of. Make your dreams your reality.