Brain Health

Our nervous system is made up by the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Their teamwork ensures the smooth function of the body, including reflexes, breathing and heartbeat, proper muscle function, digestive processes, memory, learning, emotions and daily metabolic processes. It is easy to see that healthy function of the brain and nervous system is essential for our wellbeing.

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The nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, is a network system of nerves, cells and chemicals called neurotransmitters that transports messages within the body systems, regulating almost all body functions. It is a complex system and wellbeing will greatly benefit from attention and care for this vital body system. There are many options we can do every day to support a healthy nervous system. Some proactive options would be:

  • Enjoying a nutritious, more plant based diet with the aim to keep blood sugar levels balanced to provide nerve cells with regular energy
  • Including omega-3 fatty acids in the diet for healthy cell membrane function and neurotransmitter transport
  • Making sure to get sufficient good quality sleep to help support healthy nervous system circuits and repair processes
  • Enjoy workouts for the brain while learning new things or engaging in problem solving games
  • Taking pleasure in an active lifestyle be it playing with the kids outdoors, walking, tramping, cycling, dancing, yoga or other aerobic and weight bearing activities

And, of course, there is the good option of including support through various nutrient options in supplement form:

  • Vitamin D – supports healthy nerve cells and balanced nervous system function
  • Vitamin B12 and folic acid – support healthy state of nervous system cells and balanced neurotransmitter function
  • Withania somnifera (aka Ashwaganda) – supports strong memory and health of nerve cells
  • Bacopa monnieri – an ayurvedic herb supporting cognitive function, memory and healthy nerve cells
  • Coenzyme Q 10 – protects cells from free radical damage and degenerate effects, supports healthy nervous system cells
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