INSOMNIA ~ I CAN’T SLEEP
Most people relate sleep problems to a lack of melatonin but believe it or not it may also be a gut problem! How can your digestive system affect your sleep? Let’s talk……
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid meaning it must be obtained through diet. What is an amino acid? Amino Acids are the building blocks of the body. We need them to build a solid foundation for our health. They are created from the proteins that we eat BUT if we don’t have the proper digestive enzymes to break those proteins down then we won’t be able to create those amino acids AND/OR if there is inflammation in our gut which will prevent the absorption of those amino acids. We require tryptophan to produce niacin (vitamin B3) and for tryptophan to do its job Vitamin B6 (pyridoxin) and Vitamin C are must be present Tryptophan also helps alleviate stress, helps reduce appetite, control weight and abnormal levels may contribute to migraine headaches. If there is a deficiency it can result in Depression, Insomnia, and Chronic Fatigue. Tryptophan is vital for creating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, melatonin and Vitamin B6.
What are neurotransmitters? Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that transmit signals from one nerve cell to another. Some neurotransmitters are created from amino acids (tryptophan) which are available from the diet such as Serotonin (neurotransmitter). These neurotransmitters play a major role in shaping our life and our bodies functions and one of those functions is sleep.
Serotonin is the neurotransmitter important to sleep and it also stabilizes emotional moods, pain control and inflammation. Tryptophan is converts into 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) which is then converted into the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Ok, so let’s summarize this simply; if you have digestive problems (which you may or not be aware of) your enzymes may not be breaking down the proteins that create the amino acid tryptophan which is converted into the neurotransmitter serotonin which you need for sleep.
With that said, this could be just one underlying factor that is preventing you from a good night’s sleep. What is causing your digestive issues and what are some other insomnia possibilities? Schedule your Zyto scan and let’s see what your body tells us and what your body needs and wants to get balanced!
What's Your Poison??
Do you know that you are poisoning your body daily? It’s frightening what our bodies are being exposed to and without our conscious knowledge or permission. We believe that everything that is on the market today is safe for us. If you depend on government agencies like the FDA to protect you from harmful ingredients in the products you use and the food you eat, you are playing Russian Roulette with your health.
There is a chemical onslaught happening right under our noses. Since 1965 more than 4 million chemical compounds have been formulated and at least 250,000 new chemicals are created annually. Approximately 3,000 chemicals are added to our foods through the growing and manufacturing process. Over 700 chemicals have been found in our drinking water, with 400 being identified in human tissues. Have I got your attention yet? Those are chemicals just found in what we ingest!
More than 500 chemicals on average are found in the typical American home. This includes your cleaning products, laundry products, air fresheners, disinfectant sprays, etc. Then we have the personal care products, cosmetics and perfumes. The average woman is exposed to a whopping 515 synthetic chemicals every day!
When you view the below picture of how these products affect the body, it is no surprise we are seeing a rise in men, women and children with symptoms directly related to hormone disruption!
Let’s just investigate one of these chemicals Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). This is a chemical used to make toiletry products foam when they are mixed with water. Why is a dangerous chemical like this being used in our soaps and shampoos? The answer is simple - it is cheap. It works by dissolving the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. This is the same chemical used in car washes and used to dissolve grease off car enginesand we are using and exposing our bodies to this daily!
It is also well documented that it is not only a skin irritant, but it also allows environmental contaminants easier access to the lower, sensitive layers of the skin. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of sodium lauryl sulfate is to mimic the activity of the hormone which has many health implications for adults and even more so for the future health of our children. It may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer.
SLS can be found in Soaps, Shampoos, Bubble-baths, Tooth paste, Dish soap, Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener, Children/Infant soaps-shampoos-lotions, Stain Remover, Carpet Cleaner, Body wash, Shave cream, Mascara, Mouthwash, Skin cleanser, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, Sunscreens/After Sun lotions, to name a few. I have even found it to be in products being marketed as “natural” so beware!
Just thinking about the products you use that contain just SLS is overwhelming, so just imagine how your body feels being bombarded every day by all the chemicals you are being exposed to. How long will it be before your body becomes chemically overloaded? Maybe it already is.
Are you or a family member experiencing unexplained physical or emotional symptoms, or have you been diagnosed with issues that never seem to get any better no matter what you throw at it? Your body may be trying to communicate “chemical overload” to you.
We will never be able to be completely chemical free. We live in a world that has not yet awakened to the destructive nature of synthetic chemicals in our environment, but we can take control and take the steps to reduce it in our personal life and in our homes. When we choose “chemical free” products over chemical laden products we not only improve our health and that of our family’s, we are sending a clear message to these chemical manufacturers and our government agencies with where we spend our money!
You may feel chemical free products are costlier but in the long run, what is costlier than the expense and needless suffering of being unhealthy?
The Spine - Your Communication Highway!
Our spine is a series of vertebrae extending from the skull to the small of the back, enclosing the spinal cord and providing support for the thorax and abdomen; the backbone. That is the simple definition but it’s what is within that enclosed spinal cord that makes the spine an amazing communication highway!
Along with the brain, the spinal cord makes up the central nervous system. The spinal cord acts as a communication highway between the brain and the rest of the body sending out messages (nerve impulses) to tell the body what to do. Each vertebra’s spinal nerve root has a direct relationship to specific organs, glands and systems.
Here are just a few:
Our C-1 (Cervical) vertebrae is directly related to our brain, the blood supply to the head, the pituitary gland and inner ear. If there is a road block/subluxation in that location, you could experience headaches, migraines, nervousness, insomnia, dizziness, chronic tiredness, head colds or high blood pressure.
The C2 vertebrae is connected to our mastoid bone, ears, eyes, sinuses, optic nerve, forehead and tongue. A road block/subluxation here could result in sinus problems, allergies, deafness, eye problems, earaches or feeling faint.
The TH-1 (Thoracic) can affect the hands, wrists, fingers, esophagus and trachea which can cause problems such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, asthma, coughing or lower arms and hand pain.
Your L-1 (Lumbar) vertebrae is directly related to the large intestine. When this vertebra has a road block/subluxation you may experience constipation, diarrhea, colitis or hernia.
There are 26 of these vertebrae (nerve roots) that must be in alignment for optimal body function. A healthy spine means healthy functioning organs, glands and systems. Chiropractors are trained to remove those roadblocks/subluxations and clear that communication highway so the messages (nerve impulses) can get through and do their job. Seeing a Chiropractor on a regular basis should be a part of every wellness plan.
Could your symptoms be the result of garbled messages and lack of communication due to a road block/subluxation?
If you would like to see a chart of the spine and all the vertebrae/organ relationships, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with SPINE in the subject line!