Many clients come to the Clinic complaining of wind, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea and complete exhaustion. The problems start in the gut. Evacuating the bowels on a regular basis is a pre-cursor to good hormone health.
To some people a bowel movement once a day is ‘normal’, to others it’s every other day, to a desperate few it’s once a month.
Digestive problems cause hormonal imbalances and fatigue is just one of the symptoms.
There are a few tell-tale signs of hormonal imbalance:
Fat around the waist and just under the breasts – the metabolism is run by hormones.
Exhaustion – the adrenal glands and thyroid gland control energy and mood.
Depression – the hormones control motivation and drive (sex drive and lust for life) – this can switch to anxiety and restlessness.
The body is like a beautifully orchestrated symphony, and needs to be in harmony. There are three main systems of the body that harmonise:
The hormonal system- this commands and controls e.g. sex drive, blood sugar, desire to eat.
The gastro-intestinal system – this absorbs and pulls in nutrients to feed every organ/ tissue/cell.
The detoxification system – this neutralises and flushes out harmful toxins that would otherwise pollute the blood and affect the brain.
Symptoms are a breakdown of the three key body systems.
There is an endless list of the types of symptoms one can suffer if the body systems are not in harmony, take hormonal imbalances for instance. Hormones don’t just fall apart of their own accord. They are responding to ‘stress’.
There are various types of stress:
- Internal toxins from the natural breakdown of metabolic wastes.
- A blocked detoxification system- the kidneys, lymph, lungs, bowel and liver are overwhelmed.
- Emotional stress – a bereavement, trauma, house move, divorce, caring for a loved one.
- Pathogens (acquired and internal overgrowth) – bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi.
- External toxins from our environment – the list is endless.
- Dietary – consuming inflammatory foods such as grains and sugar.
The body interprets stress as Danger and mounts an inflammatory response. Unlike a trauma to the thumb, where it is visible and you’ll grab a bandage, this inflammation is hidden and is internal. Our hormones respond to both forms of inflammation in exactly the same way, and produce anti-inflammatory hormones. If the internal inflammation is allowed to continue, through pursuing the same habits that produce the stress, then our hormones will start to crash.
It is always a compilation of things that lead to a crash, but the outcome is tired adrenal glands.
The person feels exhausted and, after exploring conventional medicine, which is often unsatisfactory, find their way to the Clinic – usually through a recommendation.
How do you rate your energy out of 10? (10 out of 10 being outstanding!)
Do you wake up and feel refreshed?
Does your energy stay consistently high throughout the day?
Does your energy stay consistently high throughout the month?
By the time clients come to see us their answers are not so good.
Energy is typically a 4 out of 10- that’s less than 50% of the energy of a healthy person.
They wake up and turn off their alarm, still feeling exhausted.
They experience a post-lunch slump- that afternoon lull where you just need a quick nap…
Women may have 2 weeks of the menstrual month where they feel normal and then grumpy and tired for the rest of the month.
Adrenal fatigue is real. It is something that is measurable, and often our clients are relieved when they see their results and know that they are not imagining it- they really are functioning at 50% or less.
Adrenal fatigue plays a role in the sex hormones- oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. As stress and cortisol increase, the ability to produce the sex hormones, drops. High cortisol is a direct suppressor of the sex hormones and this means that the ability to reproduce is prevented. Low sex drive, erratic periods, erectile dysfunction, PMS, miscarriages or infertility. This isn’t a design flaw- it is a survival mechanism. You are your body’s most important asset, so it is a question of prioritising survival over reproduction.
Famine, war and impending death were ancient stressors which occurred from time to time, and then, it was acceptable for the sex hormones to drop. Now we have stresses from the moment we wake up and even when we’re sleeping, and the continuous high cortisol acts as a direct suppressor to the hormones.
Burned out adrenal glands have a direct relationship with how damaged the gut lining has become, and how compromised the detoxification organs are.
We have to fix the underlying problem.
We use the Health Detective Screening System system to assess your hormonal system, gastro-intestinal system and detoxification system. We use nutritional, herbal and homeopathic remedies, along with Naturopathic advice on diet and lifestyle, to bring about positive changes to your health. These changes don’t just happen by themselves you have to be willing to take control of your health – only then will you feel the full benefits of a new vitality.
Take a look at the following website – a really good resource, Amchara.com