Pacific Medical Training has put together an excellent introduction to the human nervous system.
Written by Sarah Gehrke, MSN, RN, the article brings together the many strands of the subject you would otherwise have to surf far and wide for.
We’ve added it to the helpful links section of our website, and recommend it to anyone researching in this area. Or, indeed, just for a general but detailed overview or refresher.
Optimize Your Brain and Prevent Injury
The article’s closing section of tips for a healthy nervous system are particularly pertinent to many of the areas we cover at The Mother and Child Foundation. We quote the section here in full:
“By following the guidelines below, people can help keep their nervous system healthy. Always speak to a healthcare practitioner before starting any new exercise, regime, or diet.
- Exercise regularly – get your heart rate up to increase BDNF.
- Get plenty of rest and sleep.
- Refrain from caffeine six hours before bedtime.
- Take care of conditions that may cause a decrease in the function of the nervous system, such as low or high blood pressure and diabetes.
- Eat a balanced diet that consists of whole food with ample sources of flavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids, B6, B12, and folate.
- Get plenty of sunshine and have your vitamin D checked.
- Ask your doctor if nootropics are right for you.
- Perform intermittent fasting or caloric restriction.
- Improve your gut-brain axis and intestinal motility: video tutorial.
- Talk to your doctor about a low-carbohydrate diet for mood disorders or an autoimmune diet.
- Drink plenty of water – the heart and brain are composed of approximately 73% water.
- Stop or limit alcohol.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco products.
- Do not use illegal drugs such as meth, cocaine , heroin, or other non-prescribed drugs (such as non-prescribed opioids).
- Learn new skills to rewire the brain.
- Concentrate on one thing at a time – the brain is not the best multitasker.
- Wear head protection when performing a risky activity, which may include riding a bike, skateboarding, football, etc.
- Prevent falls in the home – remove rugs, keep walkways clear, clean up clutter, and use a nightlight.”