How Do Body Chemistry and Human Performance Become Disrupted?
Last week we asked… How does chiropractic relate to our body chemistry? The answer is that there are billions of cells in the body and every one of them are little chemical factories. They have to be controlled by a master control system. That system is the nervous system and that system is protected by the skull and spinal bones.
How do the cells, glands and organs that produce chemicals know that a particular chemical is needed in a distant part of the body? All parts of the body are constantly feeding information concerning their status and their needs to the brain and the brain, in turn, is sending out messages to the chemical factories to respond to the body’s needs.
When the body has more stress than it is able to adapt to… physical injury, overuse or fatigue; chemical insults like pollution, toxins, drugs, a poor diet; or emotional stress like anxiety, depression, loss of loved ones, overwork, or emotional trauma, the nervous system can become overwhelmed. The result is muscle contraction for fight or flight… but if the stresses are chronic then chronic muscle contractions can move the spinal bone. If misaligned enough, the position of the bone will cause irritation of the nerve. This is called a subluxation. The irritation of the spinal nerves disrupts communication to the organs and glands. This results in improper gland function and imbalanced body chemistry.
Small changes in body chemistry can disrupt our ability to adjust to changes in our environment. We may be unable to get the maximum benefit from the food we eat. If your body chemistry is not working as it should, all the good food in the world will not help you. Hormonal cycles may become unbalanced. Sleep can become disturbed. There may be small changes in strength, coordination, balance, reaction time, or any other area of performance. Imbalanced body chemistry decreases human performance.