The Adrenal glands sit on top of each kidney and regulate many systems of the body, including our fight or flight responses. With frequent over stimulation, such as long term stress, the adrenals become exhausted and unable to contribute adequately or effectively to balancing the systems of the body.
Have you ever noticed that some days you get out of bed in a very dark mood, for no apparent reason. Yet other days, you may awake feeling apprehensive or anxious, rather than the joyous mood you'd prefer as your norm. Whilst plenty of people might be fairly stable in their moods, there is a good proportion of the population that are indeed susceptible to external influences that can and do affect their moods - not all of the time, but certainly some.
We all at some point adopt belief systems and habits that we perceive as useful in maintaining some sort of control in our lives. Its usually much later that we begin to realise the things we thought made sense are actually a hinderance. If we develop and increase an awareness of ourselves, we can use that awareness to confront old habits and beliefs and achieve small breakthroughs.
Have you ever noticed how your stomach is easily affected by worry, so that your digestion seems to stop working and your food won't go down? Or perhaps you keep getting throat problems when you are suppressing what you really want to say? This is a common phenomena that we all recognise so let's take a look at how the 12 major meridians are associated with the major emotions.
Why do we need supplements at all? Well, if we've been through a time of major stress and become deficient in key nutrients we may recognise a need to supplement, but generally don't consider a long term goal. Taking supplements is ideally a short term solution - like a bridge - that takes you to where you really want to be; the long term goal is a good diet without the need for supplementation.
Its widely known that we all harbour viruses within the body that wait patiently for our immune system to be suboptimal, so a particular virus can seize its opportunity and burst into life. Or maybe its a particularly virulent strain that's doing the rounds and we just happen to be caught out at a vulnerable time. Whatever the case, noticing the moment when a virus is beginning is key to nipping it in the bud, or at the very least reducing its effect.
"Life acquires meaning when we face the conflict between our desires and reality" says the Tao. To me, this phrase is often displayed in the bodies of the clients I see, manifesting as painful symptoms of long-term tension and the effect of much inward struggle.
Many people believe its normal to feel sluggish in the depths of winter but is that a true perspective? Wintering well is all about the composite effect of the little things we do, so take a look at your life and pare back some of those habits.
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