Our bodies are complex, but oh so fascinating! Here at Larimar Med, we work with our clients to biohack better health and wellness specifically for their unique needs.
In this article, we’re focusing on one particular part of your body… your nervous system!
Basically every function in your body is controlled by your nervous system, which we find fascinating. It tells your brain to think, your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe… you get the picture.
Parts of the Nervous System
Every individual on the planet has two distinct parts to their nervous system.
- The central nervous system: consisting of the brain and the spinal cord
- The peripheral nervous system: consisting of all the neurons outside of the central nervous system
The Central Nervous System
If you had to guess what the most complex organ in your body is… what would you choose?
If you guessed the brain, you’re right!
Not only is it connected to billions of neurons (which connect to thousands of other neurons), but it uses about 20% of our body’s total energy.
You can think of the brain as command central for your body.
It essentially coordinates the majority of your body’s functions — from the everyday things you’re aware of like physical movement, to the secretion of hormones, formation of memories, and feeling emotion… the central nervous system really seems to do it all!
The Peripheral Nervous System
We’ve covered the vast importance of the central nervous system, but that doesn’t mean the peripheral nervous system is just some innocent bystander… oh no.
While the central nervous system includes a lot of VIPs, the peripheral nervous system is equally important.
The peripheral nervous system contains all those other essentialnerves, muscles, and organs that play a vital role in not only your overall health but how that information is communicated to the rest of your body.
Now, not to complicate matters, but within the peripheral nervous system, there are two more nervous systems.
We know, it’s complex!
Within the peripheral, we have:
- Sympathetic nervous system: typically known as “fight or flight” response.
- Parasympathetic nervous system: typically known as “rest or digest.”
Currently, a lot of us spend way too much time in a state of “fight or flight.” But, in reality, we should be spending more of our time in “rest and digest” mode.
When we spend too much time in the sympathetic nervous system, we are more prone to developing chronic stress, which can lead to a multitude of ailments like anxiety, depression, headaches, heart disease, sleep problems, and weight gain (just to name a few).
Fortunately, there are easy ways to activate your parasympathetic nervous system! Activities like meditation, prayer, breathwork, and yoga can all activate your parasympathetic nervous system. Really any activity that helps you to relax will do the trick. So go ahead and book that massage!
If you’re interested in learning more about our functional medicine and biohacking services that can keep you healthy all fall and winter long, contact us today!