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The job of the parasympathetic nervous system is the exact opposite. Once the stressful event is over, it brings the heart rate and blood pressure back to normal, constricts pupils, improves circulation, enhances digestion, calms us down, contracts the bladder and puts us into a state of rest and relaxation.

It conserves energy and is often referred to as the brakes of the autonomic nervous system. When the autonomic nervous system is functioning as it should, the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system work in perfect harmony together to maintain balance in the body. The sympathetic nervous system provides us with the tools we need to respond to stress adequately and the parasympathetic nervous system restores us to our normal state of peace and tranquility.

Dysautonomia, or autonomic nervous system dysfunction, occurs when these two systems fail to work together in harmony. The most common scenario is the sympathetic nervous system remains dominant most of the time and the parasympathetic rarely turns on, which is referred to as sympathetic dominance.

When this occurs, then the body remains in a state of fight or flight most of the time or at all times. The stress response system never or rarely turns off. If the body remains in a state of fight or flight all the time, then many degenerative processes begin to happen and result in a variety of chronic health conditions and overall poor health like those in our list above, because it is only supposed to be used for brief emergencies.

The stress response system was designed to deal with brief emergencies that threaten survival. It isn't supposed to last very long because the body cannot sustain itself for very long in this state. The natural and preferred state of the mind and body is the parasympathetic state, because it is regenerative. However, it is willing to forgo its preferred parasympathetic state to deal with acute emergencies and will remain in that state if the emergency continues.

If the brain and the body remain in the sympathetic fight or flight state for too long and too often, it is degenerative; it breaks us down. If this cycle continues, then eventually the system burns out. It is this cycle that results in dysautonomia or autonomic nervous system dysfunction. The instigating factor responsible for putting the body into a constant state of fight or flight is chronic stress or what I call overstimulation of the stress response system.

However, when we speak of stress, we are talking about a lot more than emotional stress. There are many different kinds of stress or types of overstimulation and each one is perceived by the body in the same way -- a threat to survival that activates the sympathetic fight or flight system. One of my favorite mentors, Dr. Charles Gant, tells us there are 12 different kinds of stress, but underneath each of these categories is a never ending list of possibilities.

They are as follows:. This list is not exhaustive either, and many experiences or conditions could probably fall under more than one category but it gives us a pretty good outline to begin identifying our sources of stress, or the things that cause overstimulation to the stress response system.

Anytime you experience stress of any kind the sympathetic nervous system, fight or flight system, is activated. Therefore if you are under stress on an ongoing basis, then the stress response system never turns off. Again to quote my favorite mentor, Dr.

Charles Gant, if you rev up the engine of your car for too long, you will burn up the engine. Revving up should take place briefly to get you through a temporary crises, not ongoing. The same applies to the human body. It's also important to be aware that severe stress or trauma that occurs early in life like childhood abuse, neglect or loss of the primary caregiver, as well as acute life-threatening events in adulthood like a car accident, living in a war zone, rape or other violent acts, or a natural disaster can cause permanent and irreversible damage to the stress response system, which leaves the individual with stress circuits that remain in a hypersensitive state and perpetuate sympathetic nervous system dominance throughout their life.

This, of course, leaves the individual highly susceptible to developing any of the conditions associated with dysautonomia. If you experience only one or two stressors in the list above, your sympathetic nervous system will deal with the situation at hand and you return to the parasympathetic state.

However, the more stressors you have to deal with in your life, the more your sympathetic nervous system is activated. When your total stress load, which is the sum of all your stressors added together, becomes too high then dysautonomia occurs. Charles Gant calls this the web of distress.

When we are under stress, the fight or flight system is activated and the sympathetic nervous system is in control; digestion is shut down, metabolism, immune function and the detoxification system is impaired, blood pressure and heart rate are increased, circulation is impaired, sleep is disrupted, memory and cognitive function may be impaired, neurotransmitters are drained, our sense of smell, taste and sound are amplified, high levels of norepinephrine are released in the brain and the adrenal glands release a variety of hormones like adrenalin and cortisol.

In a state of chronic stress, the body remains in this condition continually. We can easily see how remaining in a state of constant fight or flight would lead to a variety of digestive and circulation disorders as well as high blood pressure. However, it's much deeper than that. Although norepinephrine is crucial for our survival and proper brain function, it becomes toxic when it is in excess. High levels of norepinephrine in the brain result in fear, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and inability to relax, while adrenalin triggers the liver to dump its sugar reserves into the blood stream.

High levels of sugar in the blood steam alert the pancreas to release high levels of insulin. High levels of insulin in the blood stream on an ongoing basis lead to many degenerative health conditions like insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many more.

During this process, other neurotransmitters like dopamine, GABA and serotonin are overstimulated as well, which eventually leads to depletion. Neurotransmitters are what govern our moods, thoughts, feelings, behavior, memory and cognitive function, so if they become depleted then many psychological symptoms develop.

Additionally, neurotransmitters are needed to modulate the autonomic nervous system and restore the body to the parasympathetic state, so if they are not available in sufficient numbers, then the sympathetic nervous system runs rampant. It is exceptionally important to replenish GABA levels and prevent histamine excess. Cortisol is extremely important because it helps counteract some of the negative effects of stress and keep things in balance.

It enhances digestion and metabolism, restricts insulin, is a crucial player in blood sugar management, glucose metabolism, immune function and the inflammatory response.

However, excessively high levels of cortisol that occur when the demands of stress are too high result in high levels of anxiety and fear, disruption of the hormonal system, may impair memory and cognition and eventually leads to burn out.

If the demands for cortisol remain high and incessant, eventually the adrenal glands can no longer produce enough cortisol. Charles Gant, when the demands for cortisol are extremely high, a phenomenon called cortisol steal occurs. All the precursors needed for the hormones in the body like aldosterone, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and dhea will be used up to create cortisol and thus these hormones will become deficient and create additional burdens on the body and lead to more degeneration in health.

For example, aldosterone is important for regulating blood pressure and the sodium potassium ratio in the body. It is the combination of these negative effects of excessive sympathetic nervous system activity that lead to dysautonomia.

At this point there is a domino effect on other organs and systems in the body, the entire nervous system, immune system, endocrine system, hormonal system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, etc.

Since the primary root of dysautonomia and autonomic nervous system dysfunction lies in an overactive sympathetic nervous system or activation of the fight or flight system, the ultimate goal in recovery is to restore balance to the autonomic nervous system. In other words we want turn off the sympathetic nervous system and return to the parasympathetic state. The preferred state for the body and mind. Regardless of which health condition you face, healing takes place in the regenerative state.

Healing can't happen in a degenerative state. The process of restoring balance to the autonomic nervous system requires a complex and comprehensive approach that addresses each and every one of the contributing chronic stress factors that exist for each individual, as well as a variety of techniques and lifestyle changes that encourage activity of the parasympathetic nervous system and oppose the high levels of norepinephrine. One must go through the list of 12 types of stress above, identify each one that pertains to their situation and address them accordingly.

If you have a boat filled with water and it is sinking, you take a bucket and toss the excess water out and the boat will stop sinking. The same applies to the stress load. Start tossing them overboard so you can get your head above water.

For example, if you have Candida, nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, emotional stress, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, lyme, low serotonin, structural stress, etc. Whatever stressors apply to your life, these are the areas you need to focus on to reduce your total stress load.

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. The poppy plant grows up to 5 feet in height. It requires full sunlight and fertile soil to flourish. Depending upon its variety, lilac, blue, red or white flowers appear during spring on long peduncles which subsequently turn into globular or oval shaped fruits seed capsules. Each globular poppy fruit head capsule measures about 4—6 cm in length and 3—4 cm in diameter, contains numerous tiny, bean kidney shaped seeds, which rattle when shaken inside dried capsules.

Seeds poppy can be light gray to dark gray, black, or bluish depending on cultivar type. Poppy seeds are popular ingredients and generally employed as a condiment and to press oil.

The seeds, indeed, are very safe to use as food and contain negligible quantities of toxic alkaloids of the opium poppy.

Poppy seeds contain many plant-derived chemical compounds that found to have antioxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties. The seeds are especially rich in oleic and linoleic acids. Oleic acid , a mono-unsaturated fatty acid, helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol" levels in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids helps to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.

Poppy seeds outer husk is a good source of dietary fiber. Much of this fiber is metabolically inert content which helps increase the bulk of the food by absorbing water down the digestive tract and thereby easing constipation problem.

Additionally, dietary fiber binds to bile salts a product of cholesterol and decrease their reabsorption in the colon. It thus helps in a further decrease in blood LDL cholesterol levels.

The seeds are excellent source B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid. Many of these vitamins functions as co-factors in the substrate metabolism, especially fat and carbohydrates inside the human body. Poppy seeds contain good levels of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper utilized in the production of red blood cells. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis.

Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. The human body uses manganese as a cofactor for the important antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Dried poppy seeds contain very small levels of opium alkaloids such as morphine, thebaine, codiene, papaverine, etc.

When consumed in food, these compounds produce a minimal effect on the human nervous system. On the contrary, these chemicals found to have some beneficial effects on the human body; soothe nervous irritability, act as painkillers.

Its seed extractions found useful in the pharmacy and many traditional medicines in the preparations of cough mixtures, expectorants, etc. Fresh whole or ground poppy seeds can be readily available in the grocery stores. The seeds are high in polyunsaturated fats, which make them vulnerable to oxidation and turn rancid.

Therefore, buy good quality whole fresh seeds from the authentic store. Store seeds poppy in cool, dry, dark place, in airtight containers where they will stay fresh for up to six months. Poppy seeds are one of the favorite items in many cuisines. They add special nutty flavor to the recipes.

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