Fixing & Preventing Burnout

“Now, with burnout in the spotlight, companies have a fresh opportunity to step up, for the sake of their people and for the health of the bottom line. Focusing on people’s actual experience at work is no longer a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have for anyone who wants to succeed in the long run. To find the cure to 'civilization’s disease,' it’s going to take a commitment to getting to the root causes of burnout.”

Arianna Huffington

Are you Suffering from Burnout?

  • Mentally and physically exhausted?
  • Feeling like you’re aging prematurely?
  • Self-medicating on coffee to stay focused?
  • Cranky?
  • Slipping up at work?
  • Taking more sick days?
  • Singing the blues?

We’ve all been there!

Burnout starts in the Mitochondria

Our mitchondria are tiny organelles inside our cells, that make the energy that we use to breathe, think, move and run all the functions in our body.  They take the food we eat and break it down, to make energy, in a series of metabolic chemical reactions called the Kreb cycle.

Burnout sets in when our mitochondria are damaged and the Kreb cycle stops working efficiently.

So what can damage our mitochondria? Basically anything that causes oxidative stress in the body:

  • Emotional stress
  • Dietary choices, like too much sugar
  • Toxins and pollutants in our environment
  • Hidden inflammation from infections and bacterial imbalances in the gut; which you may be completely unaware of because many people don’t experience any gut specific symptoms.

Check your Mitochondria with Organic Acids Testing

Organic acids are the by-products of metabolic processes in the body, which then get disposed of via the urine.  Urine testing is a really easy and reliable way to check which parts of our metabolism are working, and which parts are broken.

Lets take a quick look at the different categories of organic acids that can be assessed:

  • Fatty acid and carbohydrate metabolism markers show us how well our body is breaking down fats into fatty acids, and carbs into glucose, to feed to our mitochondria
  • Energy production markers show us how well the mitochondria are able to convert the fatty acids and glucose into energy, using the Kreb Cycle
  • B -vitamin markers show us if we have enough of the specific B vitamins needed by the mitochondria, as co-factors, to drive the Kreb cycle
  • Neurotransmitter makers show us how stress, and damage to the mitochondria,  is impacting on our brain (including levels of dopamine and serotonin)
  • Antioxidant and detoxification markers show us how much oxidative stress the body is experiencing, how much DNA damage is occurring, and if we are producing enough glutathione (the body’s master antioxidant), to combat the oxidative stress.  The more unchecked oxidative stress, the more damage to our mitochondria.
  • Bacterial markers show us if our gut bacteria and yeast are out of balance, which will add to oxidative stress levels in the body.

Issues in any one or more of these systems, could lead to burnout.

Now What?

So you take the test and discover some issues in a variety of markers?  What happens next?

  • Fatty acid and carbohydrate metabolism, and energy production markers – simple supplement fixes might involve carnitine or lipoic acid.  We’ll also look at your diet and lifestyle so that you can make informed choices about supporting your mitochondrial function.
  • B -vitamin markers – we can pinpoint the specific B vitamins that require additional supplementation, to make sure that your mitochondria have the right co-factors to work well and produce enough energy.
  • Neurotransmitter makers – while we are working on reducing your stress levels, its good to know that simple amino acid supplements like tyrosine or 5-HTP can help to boost brain levels of dopamine and serotonin, to support your mood and energy.
  • Antioxidant and detoxification markers – at the Duncan Centre we have some amazing protocols to help boost your body’s glutathione levels and combat oxidative stress; to help protect the mitochondria.
  • Bacterial markers – if these are out of balance, simple dietary fixes can involve eating more polyphenols (in the form of brightly coloured fruits fruits and vegetables) and taking probiotics.

This is a vast oversimplification, but it gives you an idea of how we can work with you to optimize your health and wellbeing; whether you currently experiencing burnout, or if you want to get proactive and prevent burnout in the first place!

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