The autonomic nervous system consists of the parasympathetic (relaxation) and sympathetic nervous system and controls involuntary actions in the body including heart rate, blood pressure, digestive and bladder function. When the autonomic nervous system is constantly out of balance it can leave people with some debility symptoms which severely impact quality of life.
Symptoms of Dysautonomia include:
Managing Dysautonomia naturally
Diet and lifestyle plays a huge role in the management of Dysautonomia both by helping with symptomatic relief and also addressing the underlying drivers that are causing or contributing to Dysautonomia.
Natural management of Dysautonomia commonly involves some or all of the following.
- Staying well hydrated
- Ensuring good magnesium intake (both via diet and supplementation)
- Eating small meals more regularly
- Consuming an anti-inflammatory diet rich in polyphenols
- Avoiding alcohol and stimulants like coffee
- Not avoiding salt (some will benefit from a significant salt increase in their diet)
- Compression stockings
- Engaging in activities that improve vagal nerve tone (a major parasympathetic nerve involved in nervous system regulation)
Other strategies may also be recommended to address the underlying causes or contributors unique to the individual. These may include reducing neuroinflammation, improving digestive health including microbiome balance, correcting nutrient deficiencies, targeting stealth or persistent infections, educating on activities which assist nervous system regulation.
Some patients may require pharmaceutical medications to help regulate heart rate and blood pressure alongside the above dietary and lifestyle strategies. Seeking advice from a Naturopath or Nutritionist who is familiar with dysautonomia can help support you alongside a conventional approach and can help prevent dietary or supplement interactions with medications.
These tips are general recommendations. Please speak with your health team to find out what is most appropriate for your individual circumstance or get in touch to arrange an appointment with myself.
Kelli Kieselbach BHSc (NutDMed), Adv Dip (Nat), Adv Dip (WHM)
Kelli Kieselbach is an Adelaide based Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist who works with clients of all ages to restore health and prevent disease using nutrition and herbal medicine. Kelli has a special interest in pain and fatigue management working closely with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients to empower them to live life with more energy and less pain. Kelli sees patients one on one both in clinic and online, as well as educating businesses and community groups on various health related topics through workshops and guest speaking roles.
Kelli works Thursdays at Marion Physiotherapy. To see how she can help you please call 82967594 to book an appointment or visit our Naturopath & Nutrition page.