Too Stressed Too Mellow?

Too Stressed Too Mellow?  Your brain manages your stress levels with a careful balance between two parts of your nervous system.  Understanding both, balancing them and keeping them healthy may be crucial to your overall health.

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Too Stressed Too Mellow?  Did you know there’s a happy medium?  In order to understand this balance, we need to start with an overview of your nervous system.  While several ways to break down your nerve control exist, this article will focus on the automatic parts.  These parts are called the autonomic nervous system, or ANS.  This is because the ANS controls all of the functions of your body automatically.  That is, you don’t have to think about them.  Furthermore, these aspects of your brain are divided into two systems. They are the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.  To keep things easy, we will call the sympathetic the “fight or flight” system.  On the other hand we’ll call the parasympathetic the “mellow” system.

Before I talk about the all-important balance between these systems, I need to briefly overview each one.  The “fight or flight” system does exactly what it sounds like.  I ramps up in times of stress.  It increases blood flow to the limbs, decreasing it to the gut, brain, sex organs, and immune system.  This, of course impedes concentration, digestion, healing and libido.  In addition, it releases stress hormones like adrenaline, epinephrine and nor-epinephrine.  It also increases your heart and breathing rates.  The original intent of this system is exactly how I’ve named it: fight or flight.  It is an emergency system.

On the other hand, the “mellow” system does the exact opposite.  This system increases blood flow to the gut, brain, sex organs, and immune system.  It also lowers your heart and breathing rates.  Lastly, it decreases blood flow to the limbs.  The “mellow” system also blocks the release of stress hormones like epinephrine, nor-epinephrine and adrenaline.  This system is crucial for everyday health.

Balance is the Key

Another important concept, as you’ve probably already figured out, is that these systems work opposite each other.  That is to say both cannot be on or off at the same time.  When the “mellow system” is turned up, it automatically turns down the “fight or flight” system.  Of course, the opposite is also true.  It’s important to realize your body requires both systems are necessary to stay healthy.  In the next few articles, I’ll detail each one including sings of over work, signs of deficiency and crucial nutrition vital to supporting their proper function.

Support Healthy Brain Function

If you’re too stressed, or too lazy, these may be signs of a serious imbalance between the “mellow” and “fight or flight” systems.  The right nutrition and enzymes can help both of these systems balance and work properly.  This is precisely what we do at Redmond Ridge Nutrition.  Through scientific testing based on sound medical principles, we can determine which system is out of balance.  Then we use the right dietary changes combined with the proper enzymes supplements to help that system work properly.

Are you always stressed out or exhausted?  Or are you lacking drive or motivation?  Are you missing out on work family or fun? If so, you can contact us one of several ways to set up a consultation. You can reach us on the web, stop by our office in Redmond, WA, or call us at 425-868-0120. Then I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). In fact did you know that both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America rely on BIA? These tests help me determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.


After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

Too Stressed
Too Stressed – Sympathetic dominance
too mellow
Too Mellow – Parasympathetic dominance