Dr. Kasi’s 3 Tips to a Healthy Nervous System
Happy Thursday, Sun Prairie! We decided to switch gears from our automobile theme the last few weeks (hope you caught the pun there) to one with some tips for you to be able to immediately take control over your nervous system’s health.
Every single anatomy textbook you find will have some sort of definition mirroring this one- “The nervous system- made up of the brain, spinal cord, and the nerves connecting the spinal cord and the rest of the body- controls and coordinates every function in the body.” If your nervous system is functioning well, then your body will most likely function well as a result. As Chiropractors, the nervous system’s health and ability to properly control the body’s functions has been our central focus for 120+ years. By adjusting the spinal bones that may be causing communication issues within the nervous system, we are able to help promote an environment for your nervous system to flourish, and therefore your health also.
One of the most common questions I get as a Neurologically-based Chiropractor is- “What are your tips for a healthy nervous system?” I get asked about diet tips, supplementation, and other ways to help with nervous system health. While I’m biased towards Neurologically-based Chiropractic care being a great option, the following is a great start to help your nervous system function at its best:
1) Neurologically-based Chiropractic Care: I’m sure you’ve heard that communication in relationships is vital for success. The same can be said for our nervous systems too! The nerves branching off from your spinal cord pass through small passage ways between the vertebral bones of your spine, and carry important messages from your brain for things like body movements, bowel movements, eye dilation when being chased by a bear, you name it.
What can happen in these passage ways, is that the bones of your spine can move out of proper alignment and cause the spinal nerves to be irritated, therefore causing an issue with the communication between the brain and the organ/tissue/muscle that the nerve is connecting to. Chiropractors look for areas where this is occurring, and gently and specifically adjust the bones to help remove the interference causing miscommunication between the brain and the body.
While a couple may work to correct the communication issue in their relationship, I ask that you seek out a Neurologically-based Chiropractor for helping with the communication issues in your nervous system!
2) B-Vitamins: While we don’t sell supplements or provide thorough diet advice (We do what we do best and that’s adjust!), B-Vitamins are vital for proper nervous system health. In my opinion, B-1, B-6, and B-12 are the most valuable players in the nervous system game to keep your eye on.
· B-1, aka Thiamine, is huge for glucose metabolism (Your brain mainly runs on glucose) as well as for general nervous system health. Find B-1 naturally in nuts, oats, eggs, and beef.
· B-6, aka Pyridoxine, is vital in nervous system and immune system health, among many others. B-6 is like the swiss-army knife of B-vitamins as it is involved in many bodily processes, even the creation of neurotransmitters which are the little chemicals your nerves communicate with. Find B-6 naturally in fish, meats, starchy vegetables like potatoes, and non-citrus fruits.
· B-12, aka Cobalamin, is the most important B-vitamin in my professional opinion. Not only is B-12 vital in the myelin sheath that surrounds nerves (You probably have heard of Multiple Sclerosis, which is a disease that degrades this sheath), if B-12 is low in the body, it can cause anemia as it is required for red blood cell formation. B-12 is also involved in more body process that are too frequent to list here. Find B-12 naturally in fish, poultry, eggs, red meat, and milk products.
****While deficiency in B-vitamins can cause many health problems, there are also health issues that can arise from consuming too much as well. Please consult with a professional nutritionist for recommended intakes.
3) Keep Moving: blood flow throughout the spinal column and the spinal cord relies heavily on spinal movement. We see that people who sit a lot, whether for their job or their hobbies, tend to have low back pain and LOTS of inflammation. Part of the inflammation game is that when blood flow decreases, it’s harder for the body to rid an area of cytokines (proteins) and other inflammation-causing substances. Utilize a standing desk, drink lots of water (Makes you get up and walk to the bathroom and is good for detoxifying the body), and make sure to get regular exercise. Stretching and yoga are great options to increase blood flow as well.
In no way is this an exhaustive list of what can help you keep your nervous system healthy, but this list is a great start and within reach for even the busiest of folks.
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Until next time, we hope you choose to plant daily seeds of healthy living, so you can savor the harvest of health success for many years to come.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Kasi Schroeder and the Harvest Team