Heart Rate Variability
The Heart Rate Variability Analysis uses two methods to evaluate your vital functions: the Health-Express and the Nerve-Express. The analysis is a non-invasive, computer-based program designed for assessing your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and general health.
Health-Express is a method that determines your overall state of health such as physical fitness, wellness and day-to-day functional capacity. This helps determine your physiological age rather than your chronological age. It consistently measures and monitors change in your physical and emotional well-being over a period of time. This assessment helps to optimize your nutrition, energy, stamina, and general physical and emotional well-being. It is an ideal tool for wellness assessment and improvement.
Nerve-Express is a method that evaluates the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), which regulates the internal body processes that require no conscious awareness. Examples of the ANS include the rate of heart contractions, the rate of breathing, the amount of stomach acid secreted, and the speed at which food passes through the digestive tract. We divide the Autonomic Nervous System into the Sympathetic (SNS) and Parasympathetic (PSNS) sides and they can be easily thought of as our body's gas pedal and brakes. The Sympathetic side relates to the speeding up of the body's processes and its response to stresses both internal and external, like infection. At its extreme influence we are in what may be referred to as "fight or flight" mode, which is our response to extremely stressful or emergency situations (like flooring the gas pedal). SNS is also a biological marker of age. While Sympathetic dominance is necessary, even life saving at times, it prevents the proper operation of the Parasympathetic side, which is equally important. Sympathetic Dominance can be indicated by the presence of symptoms that both show a keyed up, hyper-functioning, over-alertness, and an under-functioning of the Parasympathetic side such as poor digestion, difficulty relaxing or getting a good night's sleep, racing or erratic pulse, or difficulty with bathroom functions. Too much acceleration means we need more brakes.
The Parasympathetic side influences the resting, nourishing, and repair aspects of the body. It allows us to recharge and recover from stresses. While Parasympathetic influence is necessary, if imbalanced, it prevents the proper operation of the Sympathetic side. Parasympathetic Dominance can be indicated by the presence of symptoms that show both a slowed down, under-energetic nature and an under-functioning of the Sympathetic side such as frequent illness, slow healing time, dislike of exercise, and lack of motivation. Too much braking means we need more acceleration.
It is important to note that it is possible to show both Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Dominance, which means your body has a difficult time maintaining balance between the two states; it swings like a pendulum between both extremes and indicates a need for nutritional support for both sides. We will recommend dietary changes, nutritional supplements, herbs, and lifestyle changes to help regulate the Sympathetic system and to feed and support the Parasympathetic side. Each of the two sides uses specific counterbalancing minerals and nutrients to fuel their controlling mechanisms. Don't forget that there may be other emotional influences that both cause and can be caused by either Sympathetic or Parasympathetic Dominance.