Have you ever thought why sometimes you feel great, excited and happy and suddenly it becomes anxiety, you get palpitations and cannot sleep.
Or how you can flip from a low mood to a more “Zen” like state. If you look at this diagram it can help you see the mix of elements that can alter how we feel.
DHEA is Dehydroepiandrosterone it is produced by the adrenal glands and the brain. It is thought that it may help reduce inflammation and reduce free radical production. Free radicals cause damage to cells. DHEA production is greatest in the teens and 20’s and reduces with age. Regular exercise and food restriction can help boost DHEA levels.
Cortisol is the stress hormone and is released in response to stress or low blood sugar, it is also produced by the adrenal glands.
The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are part of the autonomic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is your “fright and flight” system. It causes your heart rate to rise, your pupils to dilate, your bronchi to open up and your blood pressure to rise. It gets you ready to run.
The parasympathetic system is your “Rest and Digest” system, it slows the heart rate down, reduces blood pressure and encourages digestion and gut function.
So if you look at the diagram you can see that in an ideal world we want to be on the right hand side of it. I always thought that I needed to try to be in the bottom right hand corner all the time, but it felt a bit boring! But I now know that you need to have the high sympathetic excitement corner. Going on holiday, falling in love, just feeling that childlike anticipation its all really important too. You need the ‘Zen’ space to recuperate and dream and to get ready for the next excitement.
I think in this overstimulating world we forget this and we don’t take enough care of ourselves, give ourselves that down time, which means we are more likely to slide into the left hand side of the diagram.
I hope you find this interesting, look out for my blog about the heart as it will help you listen to the cues for what will keep you healthy.