Category: Fatigue

The “Matrix”

Do we live in the Matrix?cholesterol4

Labcorp just changed its markers for Total Cholesterol to 100-175, with 176 being a pathological high. So the median or optimal level would be 137-138 according to labcorp. In the cardio vasculature fellowships we were taught if a patient has lower than a 145 total cholesterol, the patient should be on some type of Anxiety, depression and brain malfunction medication.

If a total cholesterol of 137-138 is the new optimal target, then expect an increase in Neurological problems (memory, foggy, headaches, thyroid, and brain issues) due to the fact that the brain is mostly Cholesterol and uses healthy Cholesterol for energy.

More hormonal problems (Erectile dysfunction, lack of libido, dryness, vaginal pain, lack of motivation, difficulty getting pregnant, and possibly increase autism in children). Being Cholesterol the pre-cursor to hormones such as Testosterone, Estrogen, progesterone, etc.

Low Cholesterol> Low hormones> lower immune system…

So everyone needs to unplug and enter the real world!!!

Stress

stressStress causes the whole body to function poorly, it causes an inflammatory response in the body, and all systems either over work and or under perform.

Adrenal Glands

The adrenal glands respond to stress by releasing cortisol, and adrenaline; the continuedover use of the adrenals causes a condition called “adrenal fatigue”. Adrenal fatigue decreases, causes thyroid and hormonal function to decline. Fatigue, muscle weakness, wake up tired, irritability, decreased sexual function, anxiety, and depression are signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

Breathing techniques, hobbies, stress management courses, exercise, sleep, supplementing the adrenals, brain and thyroid help correct stress related conditions. The L3W program helps the body run more efficiently, which will help combat physiological, neurogenic and emotional stress.

There is no one organ/gland that works alone…Stress also affects the Gut>Brain>Immune system train.  These all work together, when excessive stress is forced on the body. The brain will start to have dysfunction due to psychological components and pathophysiological components. The brain will crave sugar and other substances to deal with the stress. In turn, the poor food choices will inflame the gut. When the gut is inflamed, the immune system starts to fail. The body goes into a vicious cycle until it fails and the patient gets sick.

Stress is definitely the hardest thing to correct on a patient. There is no adjustment or pill to help money problems, sickness, marital problems, work issues and family problems. Each individual has to try and construct their own stress dissolver. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Pituitary Gland

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Pituitary Gland

The pituitary gland is termed the “Master Gland” because it directs other organs and endocrine glands, such as the adrenal glands, to suppress or induce hormone production. Pituitary disorders occur when the pituitary gland produces too many or not enough hormones. Hormones are chemicals that are released into the bloodstream. It is important that the body releases normal amounts of hormones because they send messages to cells throughout the body in order to regulate bodily functions, such as growth, metabolism, and sexual development. Many experts consider the pituitary gland to be the most important part of the endocrine system because it secretes hormones that regulate the functions of many other endocrine glands. As a result, patients with pituitary disorders may experience a disruption in many different bodily functions

The pituitary gland is involved in several functions of the body including:

Growth Hormone (GH) Production; which regulates bone and tissue growth. It also helps maintain a healthy balance of muscle and fat tissue in the body.

Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH); which signals the thyroid gland to secrete other hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism.

PITIUITARY HEALTH IS IMPERATIVE FOR HORMONE PRODUCTION AND REGULATION

Conditions associated with Pituitary are Acromegaly, Cushing disease and Pituitary tumor.

Sleep

Sleep.

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Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

Sleep isn’t exactly a time when your body and brain shut off. While you rest, your brain stays busy, overseeing a wide variety of biological maintenance that keeps your body running in top condition, preparing you for the day ahead.

Your sleep schedule, bedtime habits, and day-to-day lifestyle choices can make an enormous difference to the quality of your nightly rest. Everyone should get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep. The first four hours are responsible for body recovery; the last four hours are responsible for mental recovery. You should eat at least 2 hours before sleep, the longer before bedtime, the better. If the person eats poorly for dinner or dessert, they will have sugar spikes and insulin surges, which will have the adrenal glands release cortisol through the night. The body will not get the restorative rest needed and you will wake up tired. The body will crave the caffeine and sugar first thing in the morning and then the whole process will start again.

Sleep is the biggest anti-inflammatory, that’s why the body feels more comfortable when is cooler in the room at night.

The health benefits of a good night’s sleep are: Memory and brain function improvement, more stamina and better performance, reduce stress and improve quality of life.

Some of the consequences of sleep deprivation can include: Decreased performance and alertness, memory and cognitive impairment, stress, occupational or automobile injury, heart disease, diabetes and psychiatric problems. It is also very hard to lose weight without restorative sleep.

The L3W program usually gets great results with sleep quality. It normally takes only 2-3 days to improve a patient’s sleep.

Exercise

Exercise and physical activity is the path to health and well-being.

exercisePatients can exercise 4-5 times per week. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday workout schedule is optimal. 1-1.5 hours of exercise is optimal.

Lose weight goal: keep the heart rate steady at a 60-65% of highest heart rate. Walking steady on a flat surface for 45-60 minutes straight is optimal. Try and keep the heart rate at 106-116 depending on age. Walk at 3.0-3.3 mph. Fat is the lowest source of energy, so with a low heart rate the body uses fat for energy. As the heart rate increases the body bypasses fat and uses muscle (glycogen) for energy. People think that excessive sweating is burning fat, but in reality sweating is the body cooling itself off and is water weight. The returns back to normal after eating and drinking.

Cardio goal: To strengthen the heart muscle and increase endurance the heart rate can get up to 70-80% of the heart rate. Try and do a 30 minute training session. Patients should only do hard cardio 3x per week maximum. Too much cardio exercise can cause adrenal fatigue. It is very common to get a flat line cortisol from excessive exercise. A flat line cortisol will cause insulin resistance, in which makes it very difficult to lose belly fat. The thyroid can be affected by excessive exercise, when the adrenal glands are stressed or not functioning optimally, the thyroid will not convert T4 into T3 properly (Thyroid Hormone). So the Master Gland (Thyroid) can be compromised, in which will affect the entire endocrine system. The excessive exercise can decrease Hormone production for males and females. Testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, and Estrogens are produced in the adrenal glands; the excessive exercise can decrease hormone production. Professional athletes have the tendency to have very low hormones when they reach the late 30’s and early 40’s. Excessive exercise can have a negative effect on the body!!!


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