Having abdominal fat, or central obesity, or what we call muffin top is getting very prevalent nowadays. It is related to obviously metabolic imbalances, such as lipid dysfunction. Most people call it the spare tire and almost everybody has it when they reach middle age. The question is why This is Dr. Lam, founder of DrLam. In the case of Adrenal Fatigue, we do find that a lot of people have central obesity. Now, we know that part of it is metabolic reasons as we talked about earlier, but part of it also has to do with cortisol. And cortisol is regulated by the adrenal glands. What happens,.
We know, is that when you have Adrenal Fatigue, the cortisol is put on overdrive in order to help the body deal with stress. Cortisol receptors are actually very, very dispersed throughout the body but more so in the central area. And in fact, there is many more times cortisol receptors in the central part of the body as compared to the peripheral part of the body. So the body's proportion changes as in accordance to the cortisol receptors because there is a tendency to attract the fat to where the cortisol receptors are.
Why It's because the fat and cholesterol are necessary ingredients to make cortisol. So this is a vicious cycle. The body is trying to make more cortisol and is using various different parts of the body to store, to manufacture, to transport, and to synthesize not only fat but also cholesterol and the best place the body can think of is in the tummy where it is resting and is not used as frequently as in the peripheral musculature. So we do see an association. We are not saying that central fat propensity.
Is equal to Adrenal Fatigue because it's certainly not the only option but many people do have Adrenal Fatigue and when the Adrenal Fatigue progresses, there is a tendency to develop central obesity and we have to know that. Some people are already on statin drugs, etc. when they come on board with understanding how Adrenal Fatigue really is related, so we have to be cognizant of the fact, of the these things because when a person is on medication for this central obesity the lipid profile irregularities it can affect the rest of.
The body. So understanding that central fat is actually a normal, somewhat, phenomenon as the body tries to hang on to fat in its effort to conserve energy and deposit it in the central part of the body is important symptom not to be forgotten. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. For more information on this topic, head over to DrLam where I have written over a thousand articles to help educate people. You can also call me at 6265711234 for more information on Adrenal Fatigue and how to navigate it. Finally,.
Autonomic vs somatic nervous system
We can think of the nervous system as split up into two other parts. There's going to be an autonomic nervous system branch. And as the name kind of sounds like, this is your automatic control. That's the involuntary parts that we talked about from above. Beside that, there's also going to be a control that we exert. And so that's going to be called the somatic nervous system. So that's something that we control, somatic nervous system. Underneath the autonomic classification, you can break this up into two other parts.
One is called the sympathetic nervous system. And we sort of alluded to that above when we were talking about the sympathetic ganglia that were part of involuntary control. In addition, we also have a parasympathetic nervous system that sort of sits in a checksandbalances position with the sympathetic nervous system. And that's how we break this up. The somatic nervous system is just the somatic nervous system. So it has just sort of one function, and it's trying to control voluntary muscle. So the neurotransmitter that we use here, which you may recall and I'll put this in parentheses.
Is acetylcholine. And we abbreviate that ACh for acetylcholine. What about the neurotransmitters that are used by the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system We actually sort of know them already, at least for the sympathetic nervous system. And we can come up with it. And the way you know them is if you think about what the sympathetic nervous system does. Because I'm sure you've heard of this phrase called your fight and flight response. Fight or flight. And so that's when you're in a dire situation and your body.
Senses, uhoh, I may die at any second now. I need to do something to get out of here. And so you activate the sympathetic nervous system so that you can achieve fight or flight. You start pumping adrenaline through your body, and you get your heart to beat faster so you can pump more oxygen to your legs to help you run quicker and get away. So that's fight or flight. And so I mentioned adrenaline, which is an endocrine hormone that's secreted to help with this. But it also has a neurotransmitter friend.
That does the same thing. And so the neurotransmitter friend that I'm going to write up here, it's not adrenaline, but it's noradrenaline. Starts with an N. And another term for that is norepinephrine. I'll write it out. Norepinephrine. Or noradrenaline. And so that's the neurotransmitter that's used by the sympathetic nervous system. What about the parasympathetic nervous system Well, oddly enough it actually uses the same one that the somatic nervous system does. And the way that you can sort of differentiate this from the sympathetic nervous system is that, while the sympathetic nervous system is.
For the super, hardcore, intense moments where it's fight or flight, the parasympathetic nervous system is a little more chill. This is for rest and digest. So when you're going to sleep and you're trying to relax so your heart rate can lessen and your muscles and your heart aren't contracting as quickly. Or if you just ate a big meal and you need to digest that food, the parasympathetic nervous system will tell the stomach to churn that food up so you could digest it in your intestines as you also propel it along with the smooth muscle in there.
2Minute Neuroscience Divisions of the Nervous System
Welcome to 2 minute neuroscience, where I simplistically explain neuroscience topics in 2 minutes or less. In this installment I will discuss the divisions of the nervous system. There are two major divisions of the nervous system. The first is the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain and the spinal cord. The second is the peripheral nervous system, which consists of nerves that run throughout the body. The peripheral nervous system itself is made up of two subdivisions. The first is the somatic nervous system, which contains nerves that carry sensory signals from the body to the.
Central nervous system and nerves that carry motor signals from the central nervous system to skeletal muscles. The somatic nervous system is associated with voluntary movement. When you clicked on this tutorial to play it, the signal to depress your finger was sent from your brain to your finger via the somatic nervous system. The second division of the peripheral nervous system is the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is sometimes called the involuntary nervous system, and it is involved in regulating the internal environment of the body. It carries signals from internal.
Organs to the central nervous system and from the central nervous system to the internal organs. In this way, it is involved in regulating things like digestion and heartbeat, which are generally outside the realm of conscious control. The autonomic nervous system can be further subdivided into sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve fibers. The sympathetic nervous system plays a large role in stimulating and mobilizing energy resources, while the parasympathetic nervous system acts to conserve energy. For example, if you are in a frightening situation, the sympathetic nervous system will cause your heart rate to increase, your blood pressure to increase, and your sweat glands to be stimulated.
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