Stress, in many of its forms, is a health-depleting influence on your body and mind. While it’s often easy to recognize the tension that stressful situations create, its effects on your body may be harder to see.
Common physical symptoms include headache, sleep disruptions, digestive issues, fatigue, and even changes to your sex drive. Periods of stress are normal, and you can usually recover quickly from these. When stress becomes chronic, though, your body may change in ways that make it difficult to bounce back.
Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+)
One of the contributors to the changes in these physical conditions is the imbalance between two forms of a coenzyme that contributes to many metabolic functions in your body at the cellular level. This coenzyme, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+ for short, has both an active and inactive form, NAD+ and NADH respectively.
Prolonged stress is thought to deplete the NAD+ form, lowering the ratio between NAD+ and NADH, leading to losses of cellular energy. This is thought to be a contributing factor leading to mitochondrial dysfunction and some of the physical symptoms behind chronic stress.
Since the NAD+ coenzymes help your cells produce energy, low levels obviously lead to changes in the way your cells operate. The stresses that deplete NAD+ levels are varied. For instance, overuse of drugs and alcohol can drain your natural reserves. NAD+ levels also fall off as part of the natural aging process. Other causes of NAD+ depletion include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Neurodegenerative conditions
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Replacing depleted NAD+ with a synthetic version of the substance restores the balance between NAD+ and NADH and, in turn, restores your cells ability to function at peak efficiency. Unlike some other medications and supplements, NAD+ can’t be taken in an oral form, since the digestive system breaks down NAD+ bioavailability.
NAD+ is administered using an intravenous feed to bypass the digestive system. This high dose delivery method naturally restores energy as the correct ratio of NAD+ and NADH returns to normal.
Since this is a chemical process your body performs anyway, the improvements you feel are generated through regular body function. There’s no artificial process at work, such as the temporary effects of caffeine or other stimulants.
The Effects of NAD+ Treatments
For those trying to overcome the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, NAD+ therapy helps their bodies metabolize toxins from their systems, a process that’s co-opted by NAD+ deficiency. Addictive cravings lessen and withdrawal symptoms subside.
But you don’t need to be in recovery to benefit from NAD+ therapy. While results vary from person to person, you may see changes to conditions such as:
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease symptoms
- Anxiety and depression
- Chronic fatigue
- Cognitive functions
Overall, NAD+ therapy limits the effects of chronic stress. These no longer take the same toll on your body. At the Bridgeway Institute, a custom NAD+ IV treatment regimen designed by Dr. Jeffrey Cox and his team may help you feel increased vigor and vitality. Contact Bridgeway Institute today to schedule your consultation.