Good evening everyone!!! Coming to you with another My Goodness health post, surprise surprise 🙂 I have been working hard to bring content to my blog that will benefit us all in our health and fitness, but more specifically, focusing on health aspects that we may not think of otherwise. Knowledge is power people!! My nerves lately… oh boy!! This girl needs to pipe it down a notch 😉 I put this post together to jump into our nervous energy a bit and provided some tips for us all! ENJOY!!!
Be sure to stop by the blog later this week for a fun pregnancy update 🙂
Your nervous systems is an incredible thing. It maintains control of all parts of your body. It’s responsible for regulating movement and breathing, maintaining temperature and digesting food.
But if we don’t look after our nervous systems, it can be hard to be our healthiest self. We can develop nervous ticks, have problems swallowing and struggle to digest food, and I think you would be surprise how many people struggle with this. The subject of looking after our nervous system doesn’t come up often enough when we think about being healthy, being healthy is SO much more than eating healthy and working out you guys! We don’t think about how our nervous system might be affected by our lifestyle and environment.
There are plenty of things that can adversely affect the nervous system and destroy our quality of life. The main cause of a faulty nervous system is poor circulation. But you can also suffer nerve dysfunction because of disease or even after being exposed to a toxic substance. People on special diets need to be careful too. A lack of B12, for instance, has been linked to nerve problems in people who eat a vegan diet. And a lack of magnesium is also a problem for those who eat a very bland diet with little variety. This is why I am careful with advice to on what diets are good and bad because almost every diet lacks something that can effect your body in ways you would never think.
If you want to reduce the symptoms from a weak nervous system, you have to take control of your health. Here are some things I have put together that you can do to help boost that nervous energy. Take a look at these tips.
Take An Epsom Salt Bath
Can I get a heck yes?!? For the last part of my pregnancy, I have been taking MANY epsom salt bath’s 🙂 They are my best friend right now and have many benefits.
Epsom salt is something of a cure-all. It’s used in pretty much every remedy out there. Epsom salt helps to elevate your mood and get your nerves and muscles functioning properly. Epsom salt contains lots of magnesium, and this allegedly helps to increase serotonin release in the brain. The more serotonin, the more relaxed and stress-free you will feel.
Drink Green Tea For Brain Boost
Quick note: Green tea is one to avoid when you are pregnant 🙂
When most people think of the nervous system, they think of the finger-like structures that travel around our bodies. But the vast bulk of the nervous system is in our brains. It’s also where the majority of problems can develop. Green tea has been listed as a solution for all sorts of problems, from slowing aging to preventing heart disease. Now it’s being hailed for its positive effect on the nervous system. Green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine. This chemical helps to get the brain to release dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine is essential for neurons in the brain to make connections. Without it, we can feel depressed and anxious.
Some have argued that the caffeine in green tea is beneficial too. It helps with alertness and concentration. The jury is still out on whether caffeine itself is beneficial, or whether other compounds in the tea are responsible for its benefits. But so far green tea has been linked to a reduction in brain-related conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Drink two to three cups throughout the day. Add lemon too, it tastes so good!
Drink Chamomile Tea For Better Functioning Nervous System
Chamomile has been used for decades to treat nerves and calm people who are anxious. Some of you ladies may recognize chamomile, it is in the bedtime tea a lot of us have tried and loved!
Not only does chamomile help us relax before bedtime and calm us at night, I found a study on chamomile in Phytotherapy Research. It found that chamomile essential oil improved the function of the nervous system. There are two ways you can use chamomile. You can either drink the stuff in tea. Or you can put essential oil in your bath and soak in it, just like with the Epsom salts.
Walk Barefoot as Much as Possible
I mean, we used to not wear shoes at all 😉 . It was only with the advent of technology that we started doing it. Don’t get me wrong, I love a cute pair of shoes and I promise the next time you see me I will not be walking into the grocery store barefoot, but there is some research on the idea of walking barefoot when we can.
I found this interesting study in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health on walking barefoot. The study found that walking barefoot had multiple benefits. These included lower blood viscosity, less inflammation, more sleep and autonomic nervous system balance. The study was groundbreaking, so to speak. And it highlighted once again how important it is for us to go back to our roots as often as we can in the modern world. I have a family member who often refers to how things used to be in the “olden days” and how many of those practices are better than what we practice today and maybe this is a good example of this!
Walking barefoot around the house is easy to incorporate into your life. But walking barefoot outside isn’t. The good news is that you can now buy shoes that simulate the effect of walking barefoot, we have all seen those funny looking toe workout shoes right?! I have heard great things about them if you can get passed the look of them! These shoes look a lot like toe-socks. They’re ideal for when you want to keep fit and exercise.
Start Attending Yoga Class
We’ve all heard the expression “use it or lose it.” Well, it turns out that it applies to our nervous system, just as much as it does to our muscles or cognition. One of the best ways to test your nervous system is to do yoga. Yoga is an activity that tests all aspects of your nervous system. It requires you to maintain balance and get into unfamiliar positions. It’s been shown by research that yoga helps to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol. It’s also been proved to improve the immune system and generally help make people feel better.
Some yoga poses are particularly useful in protecting the nervous system. These include the downward-facing dog pose, the inverted staff pose and the shoulder stand pose.
Getting good at yoga takes time and daily practice. Once you’ve incorporated it into your routine, it becomes hard to give up.
Thanks for stopping by for a little health read today 🙂 Have a great week!!!