I am afraid of needles. I can hardly even be near them. So when one of my fellow yoga instructors suggested I try acupuncture, because of its myriad of fitness-related benefits, I was ready to crumble in anxiety and fear. But after a bit of research, I realized there are tons of benefits associated with acupuncture, especially when it comes to a fitness lifestyle.
Vey common conditions acupuncture help are vast.
While there’s a lot to gain from trying out acupuncture, it’s important to remember not to squeeze in a sweat sesh your treatment. Even though you might experience a burst of energy after getting acupuncture (one of the endurance-related benefits), it’s essential to let your body rest and not act on that initial boost.
However, after taking some time to relax, you’ll be able to hit the weight room and reap all the many advantages of this ancient treatment.
And for all you needle haters out there: If I can do it, you can do it, too.
The next time you’re tempted to pop an Advil to ease muscle fatigue, remember that acupuncture really gets to the root of the pain, while NSAIDs simply act as more of a band-aid.
The needles that are inserted into your body during the treatment create a very small injury, which your body quickly heals.Then, your body begins toheal all of the potentially inflamed surrounding tissues,including muscles, nerves, skin, fascia, and connective tissues.
So, if you’re suffering froman injury after going too hard during your HIIT circuit? Acupuncture can help by regulating nerve conduction in the inflamed area and speeding up your healing process.
While you’re letting some stranger stick you with needles, know that it’s doing awesome things for your bod.Acupuncture pricks create an increase of nitric oxide in your body, thus causing blood vessels to relax and arteries to open.
After the treatment, you’ll have more blood flowing to your heart and vital organs, as well as better circulation overall.
You already know that that investing in some acupuncturewill help with healing muscle damage, but get this: It also exercise injuries,too. And you know there’s nothing that halts your gym grind more than a pesky pulled muscle.
Investing in acupuncture will prevent injuries by creating aneurological and cardiovascular balance, which supportsa natural homeostasis in your body.
Though you shouldn’t exercise immediately after acupuncture, after resting up a bit, you’ll continue to feel the energy and endurance from the treatmentas you grind through your sweat sesh.
The holistic treatment regulatesyour nervous system, which helps to improve overall endurance.
So, you know, you can slay even during SoulCycle.
Pre-workout acupuncture is a no-no, but a post-workout treatment might just be the restful recovery your body craves.
Scheduling regulartreatments in between workouts(or after a race, for all you runners out there) minimizes muscle fatigue and pain, and lets your muscles recover at lightning speed.
Acupuncture can also allow you to sleep deeper and more restfully, which lets muscle tissues rebuild in a more effective way.
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Feel tired all the time? Your body may have difficulty meeting the demands of everyday stress because of adrenal fatigue, Adrenal fatigue often comes about because of too much stress from a busy lifestyle and too little sleep, but other factors can also be associated.
Do you have these signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue?
Tired, even when you got a good night sleep
Stress headaches, especially in the afternoon
Frequent colds and flu, catching everything everyone else has
Allergies seasonal or random allergy attacks
Slow to get started in the morning
Craving sweets and coffee, tea or soda especially first thing in the morning or afternoon
Feeling lightheaded, shaky, or irritable between meals
Needing to eat to relieve fatigue
Difficulty sleeping, waking up at 3 or 4 a.m.
Dizziness or lightheadedness when moving from sitting to standing
Low blood pressure
Besides chronic stress and lack of sleep, these factors can lead to adrenal fatigue.
1. Too much sugar and processed carbohydrates. When we eat something sweet or very starchy our blood sugar shoots up, then crashes. The adrenal glands all called on to release stress hormone to raise the blood sugar level. When blood sugar levels swing up and down repeatedly, the adrenals get tired out. People with adrenal fatigue often have low blood sugar, or reactive hypoglycemia. Aim for a whole foods lower glycemic diet that does not spike your blood sugar, and also includes healthy fats, protein, and plenty of fiber.
2. Caffeine and other stimulants. Stimulants such as caffeine, energy drinks, cigarettes, and diet pills cause extra release of stress hormones and can fatigue the adrenal system.
3. Overtraining. Exercise is vital to good health, but over-exercising can cause inflammation and deplete the body, taxing the adrenal glands. If your workout performance is slipping, and you feel tired, you may be overdoing it.
4. Food intolerance. Eating foods that trigger an immune reaction taxes adrenal function. Many people have a food intolerance or sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Dairy, eggs, soy, corn, and yeast can also cause inflammation and fatigue the adrenal glands. To find out which foods you are sensitive to you can try an elimination/provocation diet or a lab test.
5. Gut infections. Many people have overgrowths of yeast, fungus, and bacteria due to poor diets. These infections lead to chronic inflammation throughout the body and in the gut, which contribute to adrenal fatigue.
6. Unmanaged autoimmune disease. You may be surprised to learn that more people have autoimmune disease than cancer and heart disease combined. An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys a part of the body, such as the thyroid gland (Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism), the pancreas (Type I diabetes), or the nervous system (multiple sclerosis). An autoimmune reaction can also cause symptoms that are not yet identified as a disease because not enough tissue has been destroyed. Unmanaged autoimmunity keeps the immune system on red alert, and over time, this state fatigues the adrenals. Lab testing can screen for autoimmune reactions.
7. Brain inflammation. Chronic inflammation in the body from poor diet, chronic stress, autoimmunity, and other problems can inflame the brain. Common symptoms of brain inflammation include brain fog, low brain endurance and slow mental speed. Ask my office about nutritional compounds and strategies that can calm brain inflammation.
As you can see, managing adrenal fatigue is about more than just taking adrenal supplements, although that may be helpful. Adrenal fatigue is always due to something else, and we have to find and address that “something” before adrenal fatigue can be properly addressed. By doing highly sensitive lab work, Bennett Functional Medicine program we can help restore function in many cases. Dr. Bennett along with Kalish Functional Medicine approach can help adrenals work better and turn you feel better.