Chiropractic and Stress

At Oakville Injury and Pain Relief we continue to guide you in making accurate decisions for your good health. By adhering to the ‘Chiropractic Lifestyle’ guidelines of natural health, we find that it provides the best probability to counter the negative effects of ‘normal living’ that we all encounter on a daily basis. To explain further, here’s an article by Dr. Eric Shuemake.

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Hormones are a hot topic in healthcare right now for good reason – they control so much in your body. The three big ones are estrogen, cortisol and thyroid hormones. They have all gone crazy because of our modern lifestyle that is chock full of stress, stimulants and subluxation. We try to combat the fatigue and depression with sugar and Starbucks, which only worsen the problem. In order to find your balance, you need to know what these hormones do.

The first hormone is estrogen. In females, estrogen is responsible for growing and maturing the uterine lining during the menstrual cycle. Males also have small amounts of estrogen, but we are seeing increased estrogen levels in men, which is problematic because excess estrogen decreases testosterone. More men than ever are complaining of “Low T” and drug companies are making a fortune.

Estrogen levels decline in women around peri-menopause naturally. For years, this led women to believe that their hormone problems resulted from having too little estrogen in their bodies and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was born. HRT is a synthetic form of estrogen designed to raise estrogen levels. Then, in 2002, the U.S. federal government warned of increased risks of breast cancer, stroke, heart disease, and blood clots in women using HRT. So synthetic estrogen was
obviously not the answer.

A growing body of evidence now shows the real problem with sex hormones is too much estrogen. Estrogen dominance has been linked to hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, endometriosis fibroids and weight gain in women. In men, estrogen dominance decreases testosterone, which causes depression, loss of muscle mass and decreased sex drive.

The second hormone you need to know is cortisol. It comes from the adrenal glands and is known as the “fight or flight” hormone.

The “fight or flight” reaction is your body’s way of keeping you alive if you come across a bear in the woods on your hike. In that situation, you need to be able to run or fight and that’s where cortisol comes in. It pumps you up, you run or fight, and your cortisol levels come back down to normal when you get away from danger. The problem is that in our modern lifestyle, our cortisol levels never come back to normal because there is always another “bear” to fight in the form of traffic jams, financial worries, work deadlines and school activities.

Chronic elevated cortisol levels have been linked to weight gain around the mid-section, high blood pressure, reduced libido, type 2 diabetes, reduced immune function and decreased testosterone in men. If cortisol levels remain elevated, you are heading for adrenal burnout, which can affect almost
every organ system in your body.

The third hormone is thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is responsible for regulating your metabolism, which gives you energy and keeps you thin. The most common thyroid dysfunction is called hypothyroidism, which is just an outcome of an overstressed thyroid gland that eventually stops making enough thyroid hormone for your body. Symptoms like anxiety, irritability, depression, brain fog, weight gain and fatigue can be debilitating.

The key to finding your hormone balance and reversing the disease process is the same as it is for any imbalance in your body- get to the CAUSE of the problem. Ask, “why am I developing this problem?” instead of “what drug do
I take to cover up the symptoms?”

Ready to find the cause? Think stress, stimulants and subluxation:

Stress- decreasing your stress levels will decrease your cortisol levels. Take a minute to evaluate your priorities and look for ways to decrease the chaos of your daily life. Develop a morning routine where you list your blessings and cultivate gratitude. It’s impossible to be stressed and grateful at the same time.

Stimulants- caffeine, energy drinks, cigarettes, diet pills, and other stimulants cause extra release of stress hormones and can fatigue the adrenal system. Sugar has been shown to increase estrogen and decrease testosterone. Avoid the stimulants and give your body a chance to heal.

Subluxation- misalignments in the spine like “text neck” or forward head posture (hunchback) interfere with the spinal cord and nervous system. The nervous system regulates every cell, tissue and organ in your body, including the endocrine or hormone system. That’s why Thomas Edison said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

It seems like he was talking about your Oakville Chiropractor! Call us today to schedule your check-up!

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