Healthy Hoboken – June 2009
[Every month, Hoboken411 will be posting a column to give answers to Hobokenites’ most frequently asked health questions. The column is written by Dr. Laura Brayton of Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness. Please send all health-related questions to DrBrayton@HobokenChiro.com.]
What’s making me so sluggish?
“Dear Dr. Brayton,
I have been experiencing pretty intense fatigue and insomnia over the past several weeks which has been making it extremely difficult to function at my job. I barely have the energy to get out of bed in the morning and need to drink several cups of coffee to wake up and get through my work load.
Most nights when I get home from work, I just go home and “crash” instead of meeting up with friends. I haven’t had the energy to go to the gym and overall just don’t feel like myself. I need help!
Break the cycle – regain balance
Living in the crazy, hectic environment of the NYC area definitely adds undue stress to the hormonal balance of the body.
There is a mind-body connection, well described in Candace Pert, Ph. D.’s book, “Molecules of Emotion,” that discusses how our thoughts actually cause biochemical changes within the brain. By affecting the neurotransmitter levels, like serotonin, dopamine, the body directly responds either positively or negatively dependent on these levels. They not only affect mood but also relaxation which is necessary for quality sleep. In addition, if the adrenal glands are being overstimulated (from stress and caffeine) to produce adrenaline and other hormones during “fight or flight,” they tend to wear out. That begins a downward cycle of imbalances amongst all of the other hormones in your body, including thyroid, cortisol, insulin, estrogen. To break the cycle, it is important to regain balance in the chemical aspect (neurotransmitters and hormones).
These levels are best tested through saliva and urine as blood hormone levels do not show the fluctuation that occurs throughout the day. After further testing, specific supplements can be prescribed to help address the chemical imbalance while the patient is doing a thorough yet safe detox to cleanse to rid the body of toxic materials, including heavy metals, yeast, parasites, etc.
Yours in health,