The nervous system is a vital and complex part of our biological makeup and is woven throughout our bodies.
It is in charge of controlling your movement, memory, and every action you make, whether you are at rest or on-the-go.
Let’s look at what makes up the nervous system and why taking care of it, strengthening it, and building up its defenses is essential to optimal wellness.
WHAT IS THE NERVOUS SYSTEM, EXACTLY?
Let’s start by looking at what a nerve is.
A nerve is a grouping of fibers that branch from the brain to every other body area.
A neuron is the cell body in the system, and many long processes shoot off of that body called axons and dendritic processes.
In addition to the nerve itself, many supportive cells are vital to the function of the nerve. These include glial cells, astrocytes, and ependymal cells.
Four parts make up the nervous system:
- the central nervous system (CNS)
- the peripheral nervous system
- the somatic nervous system
- and the autonomic nervous system.
The somatic nervous system controls your conscious movements, like performing tasks and exercising
The autonomous nervous system controls your unconscious actions, like breathing and blinking.
The two main systems are the central and peripheral systems.
The central nervous system is comprised of your brain and your spinal cord.
The mind consists of neural and support cells that work to store impulses from the peripheral and autonomic systems and then process the signals, translating them into actions and sensations.
The spinal cord travels from the brain into the spine and is responsible for sending both the signals for movement and feeling back and forth from mind to body.
The peripheral nervous system comprises the nerves that branch out into the body from the brain and spinal cord.
These nerves are found all over the body, in your fingers, toes, arms, legs, and internal body parts.
Electrical signals are delivered into these nerves, causing different triggers from motion to pain and more.
Motor nerves carry command signals from the brain to muscle. Sensory nerves carry signals from receptors to the brain for processing.
The nervous system acts as a messaging system throughout the entire body, telling the body how to move, react, feel, and process.
When the system runs smoothly, your body runs smoothly – but when it is damaged or inhibited, your whole system can feel the effects.
HOW CAN I TAKE CARE OF MY NERVOUS SYSTEM?
When nerves are damaged, it can change your body’s sensation perception by either numbing areas of the body or overstimulating lasting pain.
This can be felt as intense pain or small sensations like pinpricks, tingling, or even burning.
Damaged motor nerves or the brain’s areas responsible for motion can result in movement and function problems.
Your speech, vision, muscle strength, and memory can be dramatically affected in severe circumstances, and you should contact your doctor immediately.
Nerve damage can be caused by injury, disease, stroke, compression, or general aging.
Low-level chronic inflammation is one of the primary causes of damage to the nervous system today.
Keeping up with regular doctor’s visits and practicing a healthy, active lifestyle can help to keep your system functioning optimally.
You can also supplement your system with essential ingredients to strengthen your nervous system, hopefully keeping pain and illness far, far away.
WELL THEORY: YOUR BEST DEFENSE
We have the perfect weapon against nerve pain and inflammation: our Nervous System Multivitamin from Well Theory!
This formula has our beloved Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), as well as Omega-3, Luteolin, and Resveratrol, among other ingredients.
Let’s look at a few of these ingredients a little closer, shall we?
As we’ve shared many times, PEA is a powerhouse ingredient. It is naturally occurring in the body and made of fatty acids.
It is anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving, and it has no side effects to date when treating pain or neuroinflammation.
PEA belongs in the endocannabinoid family, and it can be combined with other supplements to kick your defenses into high gear!
Omega-3 is a poly-unsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) found in foods like flaxseed, seafood, fish oil, nuts, and eggs.
This is a crucial ingredient in promoting higher energy and optimal heart, lung, immune system, endocrine system, and blood vessel function.
Omega-3s can help to protect your body against cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, dementia, and rheumatoid arthritis, among other conditions.
Luteolin is a flavonoid that gives off yellow pigment in foods including carrots, cabbage, oregano, and chamomile, but it can also be found in a variety of green peppers.
This plant flavonoid has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help protect the body from disease and chronic inflammatory and neuroinflammatory conditions.
Because of its effectiveness in reducing brain inflammation, luteolin can be useful in reducing symptoms of Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and more.
Resveratrol is another plant compound found in grapes and berries that is high in antioxidants.
It is useful in
- lowering blood pressure
- relieving joint pain
- balancing cholesterol oxidation levels
- and even slowing the rate of cognitive decline as we age.
This compound’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities work to protect brain cells from damage.
This protection can be essential in preventing neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
Find these ingredients, along with Chlorella and Resveratrol, in our newest multivitamin comples from Well Theory.
As we age, it is vital to protect our system before issues occur. Give your nervous system the defense it needs against damage and degeneration.
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