Inside burnout

Depression is an emotional manifestation from “burnout”, but what do we know about the physiological origins?  Let’s take a closer look at cause of burnout from inside…



Here’s what we know… Psychological resistance or failure to accept a task or idea can contribute to physiological burnout. How we feel emotionally manifests what we feel physiologically.  Prolonged biological stress reduces energy overtaxing adrenals while impairing blood pressure & hormone regulation, compromising immune function causing associated disorders involving chronic pain.

Let’s take a closer look… Pathophysiology examines the biosynthesis between the sympathetic-adrenergic-medullary (SAM) axis and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.   ‘Applied Nutritional Science reports’ Dr. Richard L. Shames’ findings:  Over time, hypercortisolemia initiates catabolism leaving us vulnerable to inflammation, asthma, allergies and autoimmune related diseases.

What micronutrients & herbs can do… Micronutrients and herbs have a synergistic effect on our biochemistry promoting the HPA axis for enhanced immune function, vitality and overall well-being.  Vitamin B6 pantothenic acid, a precursor to coenzyme A, potentiates BP and hormone regulation involved in adrenal hormone production.  Additional nutritional support from the bioavailable form of coenzyme Q10 ubiquinol, promotes healthy cellular ATP production (energy powerhouses of the cell) ; “Delivering both essential & accessory nutrients that help provide resistance to oxidative stress and support mitochondrial energy production via oxidative phosphorylation.” 

Adaptogenic herbal formulas mitigate negative physical fatigue brought on by prolonged stress.  Indigenous herbs across Asia have been known for centuries to modulate these systems.  Holy basil, Panax ginseng and the fungus cordyceps reduce anxiety inducing hormones while achieving a restorative level of function.  Ashwagandha, bacopa, and rhodiola rosea increase energy and promote endurance, eliminating fatigue.  Combined with other stress reduction methods, these adaptogenic herbs normalize the physiology by balancing various immunomodulatory activities.


Restorative herbs

Foods that can restore…Iodine rich algaes like bladderwrack, sea kelp and spirulina in concert with prohormones vitamins A & D, support thyroid synthesis.  Foods high in selenium and zinc minerals further “preserve thyroid integrity.” Coconut oil, wild salmon and pasture raised eggs supplement the body with necessary omega 3 fats with generous sprinklings of Celtic sea salt providing the necessary nutrients to offset “Stress-Induced Dysfunction” we refer to as BURNOUT. 


‘Facebook’ has many faces


‘Biochemical Nutrition’ Facebook page

As the number one social media today, Facebook has created another dimension in the way people interact.  What does this have to do with natural health?  Our thought processes and behavior effect the way we feel which can manifest in physiological conditions.  There are a multitude of ways interactive media impacts our health.

Social media offers a way for people to be fully expressed.  A forum with which to share personal interests, information, vent, to take action and react.  Participation can be psychologically addictive.  Experiencing these emotions have physiological transformations on the human body too, increasing blood pressure as well as reducing BP and stimulating brain chemistry; initiating a cellular metamorphic cascade.  Although this technology is relatively new, it will be interesting to witness how we evolve as Facebook’s catalyst…

After making these observations (and much research later), a condition known as “Facebook Affective Disorder” (FAD) has made headlines.  The effect of electronic media  is likened to excessive television exposure throughout our lifetime. This habitual trend has become entertainment as well as an invaluable resource.  Facebook is my favorite social network when rarely a day passes that I don’t log-in to learn about what my friends, family and colleagues are sharing from around the world.