Nutrients in our Formulas
Brain cells are programed to die if not used, which makes room for more cell growth. They are vital to overall mental and physical well-being. The formulas contain 20 amino acids: Required for optimal growth, intelligence development and nitrogen equilibrium in the body Used to synthesize other non-essential amino acids. Nicholas Gonzalez developer of The Gonzalez Protocol for the treatment of cancer and many other degenerative diseases explains the importance of nutrition in maintaining and restoring the autonomic nervous system balance that is so crucial to good health. This includes insuring that you get your 8 or 9 hours of sleep each night.
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Unfortunately in our society we tend to frown upon people who rest and take naps. We are expected to be doing something all the time, and if we aren't then we are often labeled as lazy or lacking in motivation. This attitude contributes greatly to autonomic nervous system conditions, because basically the norm in our society is to run yourself into the ground. Taking time to rest and nap is very healthy and getting plenty of it is a crucial part of recovery for an overactive sympathetic nervous system.
This includes insuring that you get your 8 or 9 hours of sleep each night. The adrenal glands, as well as the body in general, does its regeneration while we sleep. Charles Gant tells us that a cholesterol level of below is very hazardous to your health. Cholesterol is needed for the synthesis of all our steroid hormones. If you don't have enough cholesterol, you can't produce your life sustaining hormones like dhea, progesterone, estrogen, aldosterone and testosterone and most importantly in regard to the autonomic nervous system, cortisol.
Cholesterol is converted to pregnenalone, which is converted to progesterone, which is converted to cortisol. If your cholesterol levels are too low, then they need to be increased. What you eat has a profound impact on your autonomic nervous system. Sugar, food additives, preservatives, dyes, caffeine, chocolate, pesticides all trigger the fight or flight system and keep the sympathetic nervous system in high alert and should be eliminated.
These substances also deplete neurotransmitters. Foods that are high in starches like whole grains, potatoes and legumes break down into sugar in the body and should be avoided or at least greatly restricted as they too trigger the fight or flight and deplete neurotransmitters. Too much fruit also stimulates sympathetic stress and drains neurotransmitters. Additionally, if the diet does not contain the right amount of nutrients that the body needs to produce hormones like cortisol or for the brain to produce neurotransmitters, then neurotransmitters and cortisol will not be available in sufficient amounts to regulate the autonomic nervous system.
The diet should be high in animal protein and low-starch vegetables, contain a moderate amount of fat, eggs and fish, and a small amount of low sugar fruits, nuts and seeds. If you tolerate dairy, then butter, ghee, cream, and full-fat yogurt can be good for the endocrine and nervous system as well. It is my opinion that a slightly modified version of the Paleolithic Diet is what is best for not only restoring balance to the autonomic nervous system, but for optimal health overall.
Most of the common everyday chemicals found in your cleaning products, personal care products, perfume, cologne, laundry products, air fresheners, pest control, lawn products etc.
This is especially true of pesticides. They are one of the most harmful toxins that exist. And, this applies to mold as well, they emit mycotoxins that can be harmful to the mind and body in the same manner as any other toxin. It is crucial to eliminate these substances from your living space; eat organic and switch over to environmentally friendly personal care and household products.
The autonomic nervous system simply cannot be restored to balance if it is constantly exposed to environmental toxins. You may want to read this page, for a more thorough discussion of how toxins impact our mental and physical health. Microbes of all kinds candida, viruses, bacteria, parasites can be a major contributor to excessive sympathetic nervous system activity, because they, their toxins, antigens, and consequences are a significant source of stress.
Additionally, microbes can disrupt neurotransmitter balance that is needed to regulate the autonomic nervous system. Getting regular exercise is very important for healing the autonomic nervous system, however the type of exercise that you engage in is even more important. Exercise that is too intense , strenuous or lasts too long will put too much pressure on the endocrine system and add to depletion of cortisol and neurotransmitters in the brain and thus trigger the sympathetic stress response.
The body perceives endurance type of exercise as stress. You should not be engaging in traditional cardio or aerobics. Mild, gentle exercise with a few short bursts of intensity will turn off the sympathetic nervous system. This also boosts endorphins, serotonin and dopamine which oppose norepinephrine and turn on the parasympathetic response.
If you feel worse after exercising, then you have pushed too hard. Cut back as far as needed. People with dysautonomia typically have a long list of nutritional deficiencies they are unaware of. Adequate levels of vitamin c, zinc, pantethine, folic acid, b12, b1, b2, b3, pyridoxal 5 phosphate, as well as a variety of amino acids, fatty acids and minerals are essential for a healthy nervous system and neurotransmitter production and function.
Furthermore, lack of adequate nutrients is perceived by the body as stress and will perpetuate the whole fight or flight system. An Organic Acids test is a good place to start for identifying nutritional deficiencies. As we mentioned above, neurotransmitters are key for keeping the autonomic nervous system in balance, and every suggestion that is made on this page will also help with neurotransmitters, but sometimes specific amino acid supplementation and their respective co-factors are needed to replenish them.
Methylation may be impaired because of nutritional deficiencies, which can keep one stuck in the stress response system as well, and there are genetic factors that can affect methylation. Breathwork and deep breathing exercises are one of the most effective and affordable tools you can find for assistance in restoring balance to the autonomic nervous system. With our breath we can use our voluntary nervous system to influence our involuntary nervous system. We can turn off the sympathetic nervous system and turn on the parasympathetic simply by changing our patterns of breathing and also stimulate the feel good, relaxing alpha brain waves and neurotransmitters like endorphins, dopamine and serotonin.
However, the type of deep breathing exercise that you use is crucial. If it is not done properly it can produce a counterproductive effect. Please read my pages on breath, and breathing exercises and instant relaxation to learn the types I have found to be most effective for turning off sympathetic stress.
Deep breathing exercises should be practiced every day, in the morning when you get up and in the evening before going to sleep and anytime throughout the day that stress feels particularly high.
Simple mindfulness based meditation is also very effective for activating the parasympathetic nervous system and stimulating the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and endorphins which help us feel more relaxed, harmonious, balanced and happier.
Mindfulness meditation should also be practiced every day. I prefer to combine my deep breathing exercises with mindfulness based meditation, which enhances the benefits of both. Meditation and deep breathing are just two of the activities that can be used, but there are many others. Any activity that brings peace, harmony, oneness with the Universe, balance and happiness to your life or makes you feel centered, like art, dance, social activism, love, yoga, tai chi, writing, spending time with nature, smiling more often, massage, etc.
When you commune with nature, it stimulates your neurotransmitters, dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins, all of which oppose norepinephrine and turn off the stress response system, which in turns boosts mood, increases feelings of well-being and reduces pain. Spending time with nature should be done daily if possible, but at least several times a week. Take a walk, go to the park, sit in the back yard or simply look at the window if that is all you can do.
Smile Yes, I know that when you don't feel good you do not feel like smiling. But if you smile, even though you don't feel like it, it will improve how you feel. The brain takes cues from our actions and thoughts, and when it sees that we are smiling, then it basically tricks the brain into believing we are happy and the brain is hard-wired to stimulate our happy neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, GABA and endorphins when we smile.
So the brain says, "hey, she's smiling so she must be happy, we need to produce some happy neurotransmitters. So smile all the time, for no reason at all, and you will find that you feel happier and more relaxed. The stress response system is also hard-wired to set into action when we are in a rush or hurrying.
Earlier in our evolution when the autonomic nervous system was developing, if we were running or rushing, it was because we were trying to escape a rival tribe or wild animal and this would set off the sympathetic nervous system. So anytime we rush or hurry, the brain thinks we are trying to escape danger and it goes into stress response mode. So try and slow it down in all your activities. Along the same lines, if we pursue something too aggressively, including good health, this too can trigger the old part of our brain to think we are trying to escape danger and set off the stress response system.
Having acceptance for where we are in the healing process is crucial for improvement in health to take place. You must first have acceptance for whatever health condition you face and its impact on your life before moving forward.
Understand that healing is a journey that takes time; it is not an event. Be patient and kind with yourself and your body. You must learn to find peace, happiness and gratitude in the midst of the storm. Additionally, the mindset that we aren't supposed to experience any type of discomfort in our lives is a driving force for more stress.
Some stress and anxiety is normal and healthy and there is no way to avoid it completely. We must be accepting of discomfort to some degree and learn how to live with it to minimize its impact on our life.
The more you resist something, the bigger and stronger it grows. The regular practice of mindfulness that I mentioned earlier can be very helpful with this. Although an impaired autonomic nervous system influences your thoughts, the way you think also affects your autonomic nervous system.
In order to restore balance to your autonomic nervous system, you must change the way you think; letting go of perfectionistic demands, unrealistic expectations, negative self-talk and silencing the inner critic and trying to focus on the positives in your life instead of your symptoms, worries, fears and problems. Whatever thoughts you give the most attention are the ones that will be dominant. If you choose to focus on love, relaxation, appreciation, gratitude and peace, this will encourage the parasympathetic nervous system, while fear, worry, demand, criticism etc.
Furthermore, if you focus on thoughts about how stressed you are or on symptoms that you experience, they will become stronger as well. To some degree, we can minimize the impact that stress has on our life, by the way we respond to it. Now, granted, if you have dysfunction in your autonomic nervous system, at first this will feel impossible, but as you practice, it will become easier and more effective. MRIs of the brain indicate that the constant and excessive stimulation that is caused to the brain by Facebook, Twitter and social media in general is as addictive and bad for your brain as methamphetamine and cocaine.
They overstimulate the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain in the same manner as these hard drugs, which results in depletion and then the need for more stimulation. Dopamine is a primary neurotransmitter needed to keep sympathetic stress in check and it is responsible for enabling us to feel pleasure, joy, motivation, energy, mental clarity and focus. Additionally, the constant stimulation of technology is another form of stress that keeps the body in fight or flight.
So, disconnect regularly from your cell phone, laptob, tablet, Ebook readers, computer, etc. Make a conscious effort to get completely away from technology for at least a period of time each day.
Try and take one or two days a week when you avoid them completely or as much as possible. Don't use instant notifications from Facebook, email or other social media, as this keeps you in a perpetual state of overstimulation.
Alcohol, marijuana , cocaine, heroin, meth, benzodiazepines, SSRIS, Adderal or any other mind-altering substance all deplete neurotransmitters in the brain, and thus they will not be available to keep the autonomic nervous system in balance and perform there other critical jobs of moderating mood, behavior and thought.
Although psychotropics will initially relieve your stress, it is because they mimic your natural neurotransmitters, but as soon as the substance leaves the system you return to an even more stressed out state than you were before because you now have less neurotransmitters.
When neurotransmitters are mimicked by artificial substances, then the brain reduces production of the natural neurotransmitter and then one becomes dependent on the mind-altering substance to fill in for the depleted neurotransmitter.
This is called addiction. This is also true of nicotine, caffeine and chocolate. Spending at least a little time each day, completely alone, and in complete silence is vital for the brain and the autonomic nervous system to rest and rejuvenate, and can provide profound relief from stress and tension.
The amino acids in Tranquility further support relaxation, calmness, and healthy functioning of the nervous system. This unique combination of herbs and nutrients translates to a healthy response to stress and a calm state of mind. Important for relaxation, Glycine also plays a key role in maintaining healthy functioning of the central nervous system.
Taken before sleep, it can help you wake up clear-headed and energized. Theanine is an amino acid that helps to promote calmness and an alert state of relaxation. Research finds that L-Theanine stimulates the production of alpha brain waves and is involved in the formation of GABA.
Passion Flower is used to induce relaxation and improve sleep for those experiencing mental worry and overwork. Skullcap offers a soothing influence on the nervous system, and is conducive to relaxation and a natural, restful sleep.
It is also used to enhance mood and demonstrates calming properties. Tranquility features a blend of classic tonic and relaxant herbal nervines. Tonic nervines are herbs that nourish the nervous system to promote healthy function. Relaxant nervines are herbs that exert a calming effect on excited nerves. These botanicals are useful for promoting mental and physical relaxation.
In addition, Tranquility promotes healthy levels of GABA gamma-aminobutyric acid and possesses adaptogenic qualities to support healthy cognitive function and mental performance during stress. A natural sleep strategy that includes supplementation with nervine botanicals and neuro-supportive amino acids, may help you fall asleep faster, spend more time in deep sleep, and wake up more refreshed and clear-headed than with conventional sleep formulas.
Tranquility is a safe and effective solution to experiencing restful sleep through its soothing actions on the nervous system and its ability to calm mental chatter and relax muscles.
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