A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Dysautonomia
I had a question the other day about dysautonomia.
Dysautonomia is a general term used to describe a breakdown of your autonomic nervous system.
Basically, your autonomic nervous system controls your involuntary functions.
Symptoms vary and can include problems with regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and perspiration.
Other symptoms may include fatigue, lightheadedness, feeling faint or passing out (syncope), weakness and cognitive impairment.
Autonomic dysfunction can occur as a secondary condition of another disease process, like diabetes, or as a primary disorder where the autonomic nervous system is the only system impacted.
It’s often misdiagnosed.
Over one million Americans have some kind of primary autonomic system disorder.
The more common forms include Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS), Pure Autonomic Failure (PAF) and Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA).
Besides regulating your involuntary functions, it also controls your “fight or flight” response.
When helping someone with dysautonomia, address systems in this order: cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological, and immune.
To deal with dysautonomia it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 10 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Drink lots of organic pomegranate juice.
*Cordyceps, a Chinese herb, helps regulate the heart rate, increase blood supply to the arteries and heart, and lower blood pressure.
*Consuming 1/4 cup of tomato sauce or 3 medium-sized tomatoes per day can be beneficial.
*Try suma tea. Drink 3 cups daily. You may want to add ginkgo biloba extract to the tea (don’t take ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.
*Other herbs to consider include barberry, butcher’s broom, cayenne, dandelion, and valerian root (don’t use barberry if you’re pregnant).
*Make sure your diet is well balanced and contains plenty of fiber.
*Eat fish several times a week. If you don’t like fish or don’t want to eat it, take fish oil capsules.
*Eat plenty of raw foods. For protein, each broiled fish and skinless turkey and chicken.
*Include garlic and onions in your diet.
*Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
*Add raw nuts (except peanuts), olive oil, pink salmon, trout, tuna, Atlantic herring, and mackerel to your diet.
*Don’t consume stimulants like coffee and black tea, that contain caffeine. Also avoid tobacco, alcohol, chocolate, sugar, butter, red meat, fats, fried foods, processed and refined foods, soft drinks spicy foods, and white flour products, like white bread.
*Eliminate all known sources of sodium from your diet. Try to keep consumption below 5 grams per day.
*Sleep with the head of your bed elevated.
*Keep your weight down. Get regular moderate exercise.
*Avoid stress and learn stress-management techniques (yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc.)
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
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