Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Looking for Homeostasis in all the Wrong Places

Homeostasis: The ability or tendency for an organism (like our bodies) to strive toward and maintain balance.   
Example:  Cortisol, an adrenal hormone that influences or regulates many of the changes that occur in the body as a response to stress (e.g.: a quick burst of energy for survival reasons – running up a tree to escape a hungry lion).

Problem: In today’s high-stress society, the stress response is activated so often that the body doesn’t always get the chance to return to normal (picture running up a tree to escape a hungry lion and while you're up there, you get a call from your boss telling you that he needs the proposal in two days, but your twins are having their dance recital tomorrow, and your hubby is out of town on a three-day grueling golf trip).  This can lead to health problems due to too much Cortisol circulating in the body or from too little Cortisol in the body if the adrenal glands have become chronically fatigued (Adrenal Fatigue).

Warning: Possible T.M.I.

Today I mail the saliva testing kit back. Even though it’s my own spit, I get nauseous just typing it. The doctor thinks that I may be experiencing Adrenal Fatigue…that’s not the only part of me that’s fatigued. So we’ll send off these 4 spit-filled vials (gag) to the lab and see what they find. I won’t bore you with details, but if you’re curious about Adrenal Fatigue (think chronically fatigued, but sleep doesn’t relieve tiredness, muscle weakness, overweight, cravings, inflammation, insomnia…sound like fun?) check out these links:

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