Your Health: The Vital Role of Your Nervous System 

By Health Coach, Sera Eden

When we think about health, we often focus solely on fitness and nutrition. But did you know that the health of your nervous system is just as important? As a Health Coach who is also certified as a Somatic (Mind-Body) Coach, I want to share why keeping your nervous system in tip-top shape can make a big difference in your overall well-being and even help with weight management. First, let’s look deeper at the Nervous System.

Understanding The Nervous System

Our nervous system is like our body’s command center. It has two main parts: the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (all the other nerves). This system works in tandem with our endocrine system to help our body maintain homeostasis, or a state of balance. The endocrine system is a complex network of glands and organs which uses hormones to control metabolism, energy level, reproduction, growth and development, as well as its response to injury, stress and mood.

Stress and Your Body

Imagine being chased by a predator or facing some other danger or stressor. Your body responds by going into “fight or flight” mode; diverting energy from rest and digest functions toward your extremities and muscles so you can literally run or fight. While this is useful for immediate danger, modern stressors like work deadlines can trigger a similar response. When this happens too often, it’s called chronic stress. Chronic stress keeps stress hormones like cortisol high, leading to health problems like anxiety, depression, digestive issues, and weight gain.

The Link Between Cortisol and Body Fat

Persistently high cortisol levels can also lead to fat build-up around your organs. This type of body fat – known as visceral fat – is found deep within your abdominal cavity and is particularly harmful as it raises the risk of metabolic disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Supporting Your Nervous System

The good news? There are simple ways to support your nervous system and manage stress:

  • Mindfulness and Meditation – These practices help calm your mind.
  • Breathwork – Simple breathing exercises can reduce stress.
  • Movement – Activities like yoga and tai chi stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, helping you relax. Moderate exercise is great, but avoid overdoing it, as too much can trigger stress.
  • Adequate Sleep – Make sure you’re well-rested.
  • Creative Activities – Engaging in hobbies can put you in a “flow state” and reduce stress.
  • Nature Time – Spending time outdoors can be very calming.
  • Hydration – The Brain and Spine Neuroscience Institute highlights that hydration is crucial too, as the brain is about 75% water.
  • Nutrition and Supplements – A balanced diet that includes vitamins and minerals such as B, C, D, potassium, and calcium supports our nerve health. Certain herbs known as adaptogens, like ashwagandha and rhodiola, can also help manage stress. According to the Cleveland Clinic, adaptogens may reduce inflammation, improve metabolism, and aid in weight loss. Note: Always consult your medical provider before you take any type of supplement to ensure it is safe for you and does not interfere with any medications you take. 

Self-Care Is Key

Taking care of your nervous system is a form of self-care. Tools like tracking your Heart Rate Variability (HRV) with wearables can help you understand your stress levels. Simple practices like journaling can also make a big difference in understanding what your stressors are. Our bodies are amazing, and taking a holistic approach to health means balancing fitness, nutrition, and nervous system care. By incorporating stress management into your routine, you can enhance your overall health and well-being.

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