Adrenal fatigue is often caused by excessive stress, which can be from many sources. Chemical toxicity and nutritional depletion are among the physical causes. Mental, emotional, or spiritual stress may be a major factor, too. Financial, family, or other stress may also contribute to burnout. Even infections can play a role. You need to identify the stressor causing your symptoms to properly treat adrenal fatigue.
1. Nutritional Deficiencies
Many people today have subclinical deficiencies of essential nutrients, such as B vitamins, vitamins A, C, and E, magnesium, zinc, and other trace elements. Our adrenals require vital nutrients in order to properly function. On top of that, when under stress, your need for nutrients is even greater.
Sadly, the standard American diet is at many times lacking in micronutrients. Incorporating whole, unprocessed foods into your diet gives your adrenals the macro- and micronutrients they require to properly function.
Things we ingest that stress the adrenals include:
2. Environmental Toxins
Toxic chemicals often play a large role in adrenal burnout. Every day, we’re exposed to thousands of chemicals in air, water, and food. Check out these 10 tips to decrease your toxin load.
Common environmental toxins are found in:
However, as adrenal weakness develops, the body’s ability to eliminate toxins decreases. This produces a vicious cycle in which weaker adrenals impair the elimination of all poisons, which then further weakens the adrenals.
3. Chronic Infections
Chronic infections contribute greatly to the toxic load of the body. Infections also trigger inflammation and stress that must be countered using the adrenal hormones cortisol and cortisone. Chronic infections may originate in infected teeth and gums, though infections can be located anywhere in the body.
One of the most commonly overlooked causes of adrenal fatigue are intestinal infections that give rise to an inflammatory response. Such infection can occur subclinically with no obvious signs at all. Infections in the gut, including giardia, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), fungal dysbiosis, and h. pylori, are just a few that may contribute to adrenal dysfunction.
4. Stimulants or Excessive Exercise
Stimulants damage the adrenal glands by pushing the secretion of stress hormones and adrenaline. Caffeine, sugar, and alcohol are among the most common culprits. Over time, this depletes the body of essential neurotransmitters.
Other less obvious, but no less important, stimulants may include:
5. Toxic Emotions
Uncontrolled emotions are another cause of adrenal burnout. These include habitual worry, anger, or fear. This applies particularly to high strung, Type A, nervous individuals as they are especially prone to adrenal burnout. “Don’t worry, be happy” is a great prescription for adrenal fatigue.
Prayer and meditation release calming neurotransmitters. They also take the body from a state of fight or flight into the parasympathetic mode of relaxation, which is extremely helpful in healing adrenal fatigue. In addition, cultivating an attitude of gratitude can do wonders for your adrenals.
Any excessive stress can deplete the adrenals. An excessive workload, long hours, lack of sleep, or emotional stress are common. Other stressors in cities are noise and electromagnetic pollution. Cell phones, microwave towers, and appliances—such as televisions, cell phones, wearable electronics, microwave ovens, and computers—give off strong EMF fields that can be stressful to our bodies.
7. Other Causes
Other stressors that can lead to adrenal fatigue include:
Are you new to the world of chiropractic care? That’s okay. New patients discover the wonders of chiropractic care every day. In the U.S., doctors of chiropractic treat almost 27 million Americans annually. That’s 1 million chiropractic adjustments performed every business day.
Chiropractic care is increasing in popularity. More people are turning to chiropractic care for everyday aches and pains to maintain their spinal health and for drug-free pain management. In fact, in the fight against opioids, chiropractic care is becoming increasingly important. People with lower back pain or chronic pain are looking for drug-free approaches, and care from a doctor of chiropractic can help manage their pain without the use of prescription drugs and opioids.
Another reason that more people are turning to chiropractic care is the financial benefits. Most health insurance plans offer some form of coverage for care. Research is also showing that chiropractic care can be cheaper than prescription drugs or other medical interventions. A review from The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found that a chiropractic adjustment for back pain instead of a visit to a family doctor could save Medicare nearly $83.5 million/year. On average, a session of chiropractic care costs $65, though costs can vary from state to state.
If you are nervous about trying chiropractic care, seek out the advice of a doctor of chiropractic. They receive a minimum of seven years of higher-level education and are the third-largest group of doctorate level professionals in the healthcare industry. Doctors of chiropractic know their industry; they know the benefits of regular care and are passionate about helping their patients feel their best. Once you begin a regime of proper care, you will see the benefits quickly. You’ve got to give it a try!
Many people assume that once they retire, they'll spend a lot less on living expenses than they did during their working years. But if there's one cost that tends to rise among seniors, it's healthcare. In fact, Fidelity recently estimated that a 65-year-old couple retiring this year will spend $285,000 on medical expenses throughout retirement when we factor in costs like Medicare premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, and copays.
The good news, however, is that Medicare enrollees are entitled to a number of no-cost services designed to keep them healthy. If you're planning to enroll in Medicare, or have already signed up, here are a handful you should know about.
1. Annual wellness visits
Most health insurance plans offer enrollees one free wellness checkup a year, and Medicare is no exception. Your wellness visit is a good opportunity to see how you're faring health-wise and get ahead of any issues that may be brewing.
2. Alcohol counseling
Substance abuse impacts people of all ages. Medicare will cover the cost of alcohol counseling so that you can kick your addiction without incurring a pile of bills.
3. Smoking cessation programs
Smoking is more than just an unhealthy habit; it's an expensive one. If you're looking to quit, Medicare will allow you to enroll in an approved program at no cost.
4. Depression screenings
Retirees are 40% more likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression than workers. Part of that stems from the fact that physical health issues tend to creep up as people age, which could have a mental impact as well. Also, because many retirees go from being busy at work to being overwhelmingly bored, that lifestyle adjustment can take a toll. Thankfully, Medicare offers an annual depression screening for free so that if you're suffering from it, you can get the help you need.
5. Annual mammograms
Diagnostic tests can be expensive, and many people skip them to avoid hefty bills. In doing so, however, they put their well-being at risk. Medicare offers free mammography services once a year so that women can stay on top of their health.
6. Obesity counseling
Being overweight opens the door to a wide range of health issues. Medicare will cover the cost of obesity counseling for enrollees whose weight puts them in that at-risk category.
7. Colorectal cancer screenings
The chances of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer increase with age. Medicare allows enrollees to get ahead of the problem by offering certain screening tests for free, the frequency of which will depend on the risk group you fall into.
8. Flu shots
Seniors who get the flu are more likely to suffer complications than younger adults who contract it. Medicare offers free flu shots to enrollees to help them avoid falling ill during flu season
9. Bone mass measurements
The risk of osteoporosis increases with age. Medicare will cover the cost of bone mass measurements once every two years for those at risk of osteoporosis.
10. Diabetes screenings
Treating diabetes early on can help patients avoid complications. Medicare will pay for up to two diabetes screenings per year, depending on your level of risk. Medicare also offers training on how to manage diabetes, but for that, you'll share in the cost. Medicare also has a diabetes prevention program you can enroll in if you haven't been diagnosed with the condition but are at risk for it. That program is totally free.
It pays to take advantage of the free services Medicare offers to keep yourself as healthy as possible. And if you're new to Medicare, read up on how the program works so that you're able to benefit from the different services it provides.
By Suzy Sherman
Chiropractic care is an effective way for people, more so, athletes and professional sportspeople to attain their optimum health and physical capacity without having to use medication for ailments, pains, or strains. For high performance athletes who require to be in their best physical and mental state at all times, that is best achieved through exercise and muscle relaxation. Additionally, they are prone to injuries and strains which is detrimental to their overall activity, hence the need for healing and adjustments offered by chiropractors.
Other than the drug-free nature, this type of care is non-invasive, which is much safer for the athletes’ future and takes lesser time to heal. Intuitively, many sportspeople do not prefer being off the field from injury as they draw their inspiration from their field activities and future performance in competition, thus they require fast and effective solutions for their physical conditions. In the recent past, chiropractic care has gained popularity in the sports and games fields owing to the enormous benefits gained with little to nil adverse results. This form of attention has been proven appropriate for both high impact and low impact field activities.
1. Helps Treat Unresponsive Chronic Pain & Injuries
Have you relied on taking pain-reducing medications (including Advil, aspirin, ibuprofen and oral steroids) frequently or for long periods in order to dull muscular or joint pain, yet experienced little improvement? Maybe you’ve had the same disappointing experience after having corrective surgery for an injury or tried physical therapy without much success?
Then you’re the perfect candidate for PRP treatment. PRP can often help patients who haven’t responded well to other treatments overcome ongoing pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, trouble exercising, sleep trouble and other limitations.
Wondering why the body won’t resolve certain injuries on its own and relies on treatments like prolotherapy to heal properly? One theory is that over time the body can stop recognizing an area as “something to repair,” especially in the case of chronic injuries, degeneration or conditions such as severe tendonosis that cause lots of pain. Because of this, some speculate that PRP might be one of the best suited types of prolotherapy for these kinds of injuries, due to it increasing natural “irritation” and growth factor expressions.
The way that PRP and stem cell treatments help to resolve chronic pain is causing a purposeful, mild inflammation response near damaged tissue. This type of inflammatory response is usually what happens following an injury, but in some cases the healing process doesn’t always correctly rebuild the damaged area and the body then “forgets” to keep attending it. PRP ultimately helps to restart the process and for new fibers to then grow back.
2. Reduces Tendonitis Symptoms
Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that an estimated 30–50 percent of all sports-related injuries are tendon disorders, many of which become unresponsive to treatment after some time.
PRP prolotherapy has been found to help with common sports injuries, including those of the Achilles tendon or elbow, such as: medial or lateral epicondylitis (better known as golfers’ or tennis elbow), extensor or flexor tendonitis/tendonosis or tears, tendinopathy, and ulnar collateral and radial collateral ligament tears. In 2010, even Tiger Woods reported using PRP to overcome injuries in his knee and Achilles tendon!
Stanford University published the first human study supporting the use of PRP for chronic tendon problems in 2006. They found that patients experienced on average a 93 percent reduction in pain at the two-year follow up point. Stanford has been recommending prolotherapy for pain and other conditions (such as stroke recovery) ever since.
3. Helps Decrease Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Studies have found that osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease patients receiving platelet-rich growth factor injections experience restored hyaluronic acid concentrations and improved angiogenesis, which help to reverse joint damage and stop disease progression.
PRP and stem cell treatments have been found to specifically restore hyaluronic acid due to the presence of synovial fibroblasts and hepatocyte growth factors. These effects have been found to be especially beneficial for those with knee pains due to osteoarthritis (one of the most common symptoms).
A 2010 pilot study that was published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation found that OA patients with knee pain who received treatments for four weeks on average reported no adverse events and saw significant (and almost linear) improvements in all measured knee injury and osteoarthritis outcome scores. The majority of patients experienced the most results after about 12 months following treatment.
4. Helps Heal Conditions like Plantar Fasciitis & Jumper/Runner’s Knee
In addition to treating knee pain due to osteoarthritis, other studies have found that PRP therapy is beneficial for those with trauma or sports-related knee or leg pains such as “refractory jumper’s knee” and plantar fasciitis (a common injury caused by running).
One study involving 15 patients who had failed previous nonsurgical or surgical treatments found that PRP injections given on three occasions, two weeks apart, combined with standard physical therapy resulted in 70–80 percent symptom improvements! Seven out of nine patients with plantar fasciitis in one study reported “complete pain relief” at the one year follow-up and some patients had full recovery in half the expected time.
5. Reduces Lower Back Pain
PRP is commonly used to treat chronic low back pain, and 2015 report published in Epoch Times even found that treatments could cure cases that were previously very difficult to treat. Following treatment up to 90–100 percent symptom improvement was achieved in some patients! Around 60 percent of patients experienced significant improvements in measures of pain, posture and stability.
Research shows that a high percentage of chronic low back pain is actually due to torn or bulging discs, musculoskeletal compensations, ligamentous instability and poor postural alignment. These damage tissue over time and often cause injuries or pain to spread to other body parts (such as down the legs from the lower back). Some of the ways PRP can reduce low back pain include treating structural ligaments (such as iliolumbar, sacroiliac, lumbosacral and supraspinous ligaments) and, therefore, improving stability and dispersion of weight.
Who can benefit from PRP therapy the most? PRP is most useful for anyone with:
Arthritis or osteoarthritis, especially those with degenerative knee cartilage
A torn ligament or ligament sprains
Tendonitis or tendon injuries
A bulging or herniated disc
Injuries due to sports or exercising (such “tennis elbow,” plantar fasciitis in runners, or common injuries affecting the rotator cuff)
Sciatica/sciatic nerve pain
Common hand injuries experienced by younger and middle-aged adults, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Skier’s or “Gamekeepers” thumb and “Texting thumb”
Chronic pain in any susceptible area such as the neck, lower back, knees or shoulders
Instability, loss of balance, stiffness and loss of flexibility/range of motion
Sinus lift augmentation
Some adults may wonder why more and more children are starting to see chiropractors. That’s a good question and the answer is simple: whether we have a large spine or a tiny little spine, if that spine is creating nerve distress then our magnificent bodies cannot operate smoothly…
The nervous system is the ‘Master Controller’
The nervous system is the master controller of our body and if its communication channels become fuzzy, distorted or damaged then we experience all sorts of communication errors. For babies and children, this ineffective communication may play out as colic or irritability, an inability to suckle and breastfeed, poor sleep, developmental delays, digestion issues, asthma, behavioral problems, low energy, inability to concentrate, headaches, etc – the list is endless. In fact, regardless of what the end result or symptom may be, all roads lead back to the nervous system – to the body’s ability to self-regulate and function at a peak level.
While chiropractic may be able to help with a number of health issues, our focus is not treating or curing ailments; our focus is ensuring the nervous system has every opportunity to work efficiently and effectively.
Can you cook at night with the lights out?
For example, imagine your nervous system is like the lighting system in your home. If the lights start to dim, you might not be able to cook dinner very well, you may start banging into furniture, you may trip and hurt yourself, you may feel frightened, etc. Exactly how the dim lights influence you will vary but the issue is still the same – there is a communication problem between the wiring and the intended outcome which needs detecting and fixing.
In the same way, chiropractors spend years studying the nervous system to be able to detect and correct these ‘communication errors’ in the body.
Another question you may ask is…
“How do little kids get nerve irritation?”
Nerve irritations (or vertebral subluxations) occur as a part of normal daily life. They result from physical, chemical and emotional stressors or ‘insults’ to our health, such as bad posture, prolonged postures, sleeping on the tummy, knocks and falls, poor food choices, dehydration, exposure to chemicals and toxins, and stress and anxiety. Even before these lifestyle stressors have an impact, nerve irritation can occur in the uterus from awkward positioning, restriction of movement, and exposure to toxins, and from birth complications such as long labours, very fast labours, or forceps or caesarean delivery.
When we appreciate how important the nervous system is and how easily it can be hindered and impaired it makes sense that all children deserve to have a well-adjusted spine and nervous system … it makes sense that chiropractic is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
10 reasons parents take their children to see a chiropractor:
1.Quality Nutritional Profile
For many unfamiliar, a single serving of avocado provides over 20 of the crucial vitamins, minerals and properties our body needs to function properly throughout the day. It contains vitamin C, K, E, B6, copper, potassium, folate, pantothenic acid and more.
2. Healthy Fat
Avocados are loaded with good monounsaturated fats which greatly help lower the cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
3. Cholesterol Levels
As we mentioned above, this fruit does a great job when it comes to lowering the blood triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels, while increasing the HDL levels.
This greenish fruit is filled with saturated fats as well, which play a positive role when it comes to testosterone in our bodies and improving the sex drive.
5. Weight Loss
Consuming avocados on a regular basis will make you feel full and prevent food, snacks, and sugar cravings.
6. Blood Pressure
All the potassium stored in avocados help regulate blood pressure.
7. Nutrient Absorption
Adding avocados to your meals helps boost the nutrients absorption processes in the body.
Numerous studies have shown that the extracts from avocado and soybean oil can efficiently treat the arthritissymptoms of the bones, known as osteoarthritis.
9. Eye Health
The fruit has been found to contain large amounts of zeaxanthin and lutein, two components which can help slow down and reverse the process of macular degeneration, and thus improve eye health.
Avocados are packed with potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin B6, and all of these are essential for the baby’s tissue and brain development, as well as the fetus development.
11. Prevents Diabetes
Consuming half or a whole avocado per day will greatly help your body in regulating blood glucose levels, insulin and lower the overall risk of diabetes.
Avocados are rich in fiber as well, 25% soluble and 75% insoluble.
13. Bone Health
Consuming this fruit on a regular basis will help strengthen the bones, as the fruit itself contains copper, vitamin K and folate.
Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound with the formula H202. It is a clear, viscous liquid with strong oxidizing properties and is commonly used in disinfectants and bleaches. In fact, many people use hydrogen peroxide as a mild antiseptic on the skin to prevent infections of minor cuts, scrapes and burns. Another use of hydrogen peroxide is as a mouth rinse to help remove mucus or relieve minor mouth problems such as cankers or gingivitis.
Hydrogen peroxide works by releasing oxygen when it is applied to the area and its ability to kill microorganisms in the human body has been well documented since 1920. What most people may not realize is that hydrogen peroxide is part of your bodies natural immune defense.
In the immune system, white blood cells produce "peroxisomes," which manufactures Hydrogen Peroxide (H202) within the cells. The white blood cells engulf the virus or bacteria and with the help of peroxisomes, destroy the pathogen.
IV THERAPYWhen a medical grade hydrogen peroxide is infused into the veins, it bypasses the gut, and then breaks down into various oxygen sub-species. Through its actions, hydrogen peroxide severely inhibits the growth of anaerobic organisms. Anaerobic organisms (bacteria and viruses) do not require or are capable of occurring, in the absence of air or free oxygen. When the hydrogen peroxide comes in contact with anaerobic organisms its ability to inhibit growth is immediate.
BENEFITSBelow is a list of some of the most common benefits of H202 IV therapy.
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