The Central Nervous System is a complex system that is one of the most important parts of your body. It is what controls your whole body and mind. Your vital functions like breathing and your heart beating to other bodily functions like eating, hydrating, and eliminating waste are all controlled by your Central Nervous System. Your Central Nervous System also controls your immune system, your mood and emotions, and your reaction to internal and external stimuli.
If your Central Nervous System is damaged or faces any interference, your body can suffer for it. So, it is best to do what you can to take care of it. There are a number of foods, nutrients, and therapies you can try to keep your Central Nervous System Balanced and operating properly.
Oatmeal is an affordable staple with numerous health benefits. The nutrients in oatmeal work to stabilize the nervous system and can calm irritability and mild anxiety, relieve insomnia, and increase mental performance.
- Baker’s Yeast
Surprising, and little known, baker’s yeast is packed full of B vitamins and can be taken as a nutritional supplement. As a result, it can combat depression, anxiety, stress, and reduced appetite.
Superfoods are essentially foods that are packed with nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that provide numerous benefits for the body and mind.
- Chia Seeds: Being pumped fully of Omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins and other essential minerals, means that chia seeds are the superfood of superfoods that help with cognitive function, combat depression, and help keep the mind calm and focused.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Foods high in Omega-3s have been shown to strengthen neuron functions and improve nerve transmissions.
A deficiency in magnesium can put the Central Nervous System out of balance and cause anxiety, insomnia, hyperactivity, and panic attacks. You can either take a magnesium supplement or eat some of the following foods that are rich in magnesium:
- Cocoa/ Dark Chocolate
- Green Leafy Vegetables: Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard
- Nuts: Walnuts, Cashews, Almonds, and Hazelnuts
- Fruit: Banana, Melon, Avocado, Plum, Apricot
- Legumes: Lentils and Peas
- Brown Rice
Exposure to sunlight is an easy, natural way to expose yourself to vitamin D which is vital to your overall health and nervous system. Just be careful to not get a sunburn!
Walk Outside… Barefoot
It may seem odd but studies have actually been conducted on this. Walking barefoot through the grass or on a sandy beach have shown to improve blood viscosity, reduce stress, increase sleep, and balance your nervous system. Contact with the Earth’s surface transfers electrons to your body which promotes healthy physiological changes.
Exposure to water at various temperatures can balance your nervous system. The alternating temperatures will play on the firing of your nerve endings, allowing them to refresh themselves. There are a few methods you can employ:
- Cool, Wet Rubs: Run a cool, wet washcloth quickly along the following patterns: hand to shoulder, foot to groin, then your torso. Immediately dress warmly after rubbing down your torso.
- Magnesium Sulfate Baths: Add magnesium sulfate to your next bath for a more relaxing and vitalizing twist on your regular routine.
- Cold Shower: End your regular shower with a rush of cold water but avoid dipping your head under the cold water.
- Arm Baths: Fill two sinks, buckets, or run water from the faucet if nothing else is available; one with hot water and the other with cold. You will alternate placing each one of your arms into the hot water and then the cold. You can repeat the arm bath but be sure to end with a cold bath. So, left arm: hot, cold, hot, cold, hot, cold/ right arm: hot, cold, hot, cold, hot, cold.
Stress can be harmful to your body and mind in several ways. Follow some of these tips to de-stress and keep your nervous system healthy.
- Deep Breathing: Sit or lie in a comfortable position and place your hands on your abdomen. Inhale through your nose, hold for three seconds, and then exhale through your mouth completely. Repeat for 5-10 minutes and try to perform deep breathing exercises 2-3 times a day.
- Yoga or Mediation: Yoga is an exercise that will not only strengthen your body and increase your flexibility but it will also help you to focus and reduce stress. The goal of mediation is to put yourself in a reduced stress state where you can clear your mind and be problem free, even if just for the moment.
- Get Up and Move: A quick exercise or stretch can do wonders to clear your mind.
- Show Yourself Some Love: Indulge yourself every now and again. Whether it’s getting a massage, facial, a pedicure, or making that purchase you have been holding back on (so long as it will not create a financial strain – your goal is to release stress, not create it!).
See an Upper Cervical Doctor
When your neck and spine vertebrae are misaligned, the effect on your nervous system can be detrimental and cause a number of issues ranging from pain, and headaches to more severe issues of depression, anxiety, or other illnesses. Having a skilled Upper Cervical Doctor re-allign your vertebrae will correct many of the issues you are having and will provide you with a healthier central nervous system.