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What is NeuroEndocrine Dysregulation?

The central nervous system and hormonal system work together as a highly sophisticated communication network responsible for coordinating all processes in the human body. This is the body’s normal healthy state and is called neuroendocrine integration.

Neuroendocrine Dysregulation

This exists when there is obstruction of communication between the central nervous system and endocrine system.

Neuroendocrine Dysregulation results in key hormone imbalances at the root of many secondary conditions including:

  • Adrenal fatigue (feeling “tired and wired” or depleted)
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Hyper or Hypothyroidism
  • Cold sensitivity, especially in extremities
  • Irregular periods, debilitating PMS
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Infertility, first-trimester miscarriages
  • Debilitating hot flashes
  • Night sweats that prevent sleep
  • Consistently waking between 2-4 am
  • Consistently poor quality sleep
  • Daytime fatigue, worst before 10am
  • Second wind at night preventing sleep
  • Lowered libido
  • Increasing belly fat despite exercise
  • Hair loss in women
  • Painful, cystic acne
  • Loss of fullness of breast tissue
  • Dry, thin, wrinkled skin
  • Itchy, restless legs, especially at night
  • Sugar cravings, especially following meals
  • Menstrual headaches or migraines

How does this Happen?

Neuroendocrine Dysregulation results when the human body’s primitive emergency chemical alarm system is habitually activated in response to chronic stressors.

This metabolically-expensive state depletes nutrients, vitamins, minerals and pre-hormone organ reserves, and eventually leads to hormonal imbalances.

Unfortunately, chronic sleep deficit, “burning the candle at both ends”, physical over-exertion, vitamin and mineral deficiencies/toxicities, and unresolved stressors and worry are an every-day reality for many people.

Problems this Causes

As such, disproportionate amounts of stress hormones and neurotransmitters such as cortisol and adrenaline must be produced, at the expense of:

  • Normal circadian rhythms and sleep cycles
  • Thyroid function for healthy metabolism, body heat, fat loss and vitality
  • Reproductive hormone balance for regular menstrual cycles, healthy libido, fertility, conception, and full-term pregnancy
  • Connective tissue health including skin elasticity and moisture, healthy flexible joints, muscle tone, and bone mineral density
  • Hormones that support your immune system and white blood cell function
  • Healthy gut flora and intestinal permeability
  • Balanced moods, sharp mental focus and recall, and a sense of calm

When the above path to Neuroendocrine Dysregulation is understood, it becomes obvious that efforts to “top-up” hormone levels (whether chemical/bio-identical or natural animal hormones) to pacify secondary conditions can never address the true problem at it’s root.

Just as trying to solve a dandelion problem by mowing all the tops off, or trying to solve an engine leak by topping up the oil every day will eventually lead to a bigger problem, addressing Neuroendocrine Dysregulation from a short-sighted perspective can only lead to further imbalance and more serious repercussions.

At Cardea, we take a more nuanced, comprehensive, and highly individualized approach in working with patients to resolve Neuroendocrine Dysregulation. We help patients to rebuild healthy hormone pathways and metabolism naturally.

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