A man had experienced weight gain and low energy for about three years, but since he was in his 50s he was told by his physician that was normal. But when his legs began to ache, his hair fell out, his libido waned and he experienced shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat, he began looking for more answers. Since he did not show any sign of disease (yet) his physician wrote him off as suffering from old age. A chiropractic exam, however, revealed he was suffering from adrenal stress syndrome, commonly known as “burnout”. His very stressful lifestyle had caused his reserves to be depleted: his batteries desperately needed a recharge!
Fortunately, our body is equipped with a battery that can give us extra juice when we really need it (fight or flight). The adrenal glands are primarily the organ responsible for this and are actually designed for short bursts of energy, not the sustained demand that many of us experience with a stressful lifestyle. Therefore, it is imperative we pay attention to signs that our body has become run down, such as aching muscles and joints that don’t feel better with rest, fatigue, migrating pain, craving sweets or stimulants, poor memory or concentration, poor sleep and digestive upsets… and that’s just the start! Chronic inattention to these symptoms gives disease a foothold. That’s right: thyroid and autoimmune disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cancer, heart and vascular disease and many more result from sustained and poorly managed physical, chemical and emotional stress. There are several tests that can be ordered to confirm a diagnosis of adrenal stress syndrome.
Remember that symptoms are warning signs to remind us when we need to recharge or change our ways, but we can easily be swayed by Big Pharma to take medications that block or hide symptoms. Many people are unaware that something is wrong or out of balance since symptoms are sometimes subtle. Check to see if you are getting good nutrition, sleep, downtime and enough good drinking water. Please don’t put your batteries in danger!
Dr. Erich Parks of Dynamic Chiropractic helps Auburn, California residents recharge their batteries and maintain better overall health!