“TIRED & WIRED?”. Find out how Naturopathic Medicine can help.
Does the following story sound familiar to you?
You find yourself complaining that you are always tired. Your schedule is packed with meetings and to-do’s from the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment that you finally place your head on the pillow at night. You are many things to many people: you are a mother, a professional, a wife, a coach, a cook, a chauffeur, a friend, a care taker, and more. You have gained weight and can’t lose it and find yourself feeling anxious, foggy-headed, and stressed more often then not. You are exhausted, but you cannot sleep and find yourself unrefreshed in the morning. If this sounds like you, you may be suffering from hormonal or neurotransmitter imbalances.
Feeling tired and wired is common in individuals who experience dysregulated cortisol, a hormone produced two small glands above our kidneys: the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are on duty all day long. In a healthy individual, cortisol is high in the morning, providing up with adequate amounts of energy, and slowly declines over the course of the day, allowing for relaxation and a restful sleep. However, when the body and mind are under persistent stress – be it positive or negative – the demand for cortisol is constant and eventually the adrenal glands become unable to secrete adequate amounts of cortisol, setting the stage for dysfunction.
Chronically stressed individuals may have low cortisol in the morning and higher levels at night. They often feel that they need a coffee to “get going” and may need to stimulate themselves with caffeine and sugar to get through the afternoon. Many feel that they get a “second wind” in the evening and have a hard time winding down. This is due to increased secretion of other neurotransmitters, epinephrine and norepinephrine: our fight or flight hormones, resulting in an imbalance in our excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters.
The key to feeling better is balance your nervous system and hormonal system. Chronic stress creates long lasting inflammation, which has been proven to reduce both quality of life and life expectancy. Naturopathic medicine can offer you the tools to not only manage your stress but to re-set the body’s biochemical pathways leading to increase stamina and energy, better sleep, improved mood, fewer cravings, and even better body composition. To see how small changes can have a dramatic effect, schedule an appointment with Dr Suzanna Ivanovics, ND by phoning our reception team at 416-972-9355 or email her directly at email@example.com.