Metabolic Imbalance

Written by Kimberly Clark
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All unfavorable conditions within the body exist because of a metabolic imbalance in one or more of its systems. In essence, the theory is that if one part of the body breaks down, the problem cannot simply be isolated to one system, gland, or organ. When a body is metabolically balanced, the symptoms of many diseases disappear because the body is using all its nutrients and resources optimally.

Conditions Associated with Metabolic Imbalance

Thyroid hormones are the primary regulators of the body's metabolism; consequently, imbalances in the thyroid can affect every other metabolic function in the body. The disorder hypothyroidism occurs when the body under-secretes the thyroid hormone and thus slows down the body's metabolism subsequently (causing extreme fatigue, muscle weakness and weight gain). On the other hand, hyperthyroidism depletes the body's energy levels by overproducing the thyroid hormone; this in turn can cause intense anxiety, insomnia, and weight loss.

Another type of metabolic imbalance involves the improper synthesis of amino acids, a component of protein. When this occurs, the amino acids accumulate in the blood stream, dangerously raising the blood's toxicity level. Ultimately, this can interfere with the brain's functions.

Maple syrup urine disorder (MSUD) is an example of a medical condition that exists because of this type of metabolic imbalance. There are several other metabolic disorders that center around the inability to process substances needed by the body such as fat, acids, or carbohydrates. If these conditions sound alarming, you can relax. There are ways to keep yourself healthy and free of such conditions. Dietary supplements can help if you're lacking in the appropriate nutrients needed to maintain metabolic health.

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