How the Parasympathetic Nervous System Helps Us Lower Stress - South Arkansas Sun

Also known as the “rest and digest” system, our parasympathetic nervous system is vital to health.

Our world is more hectic and stressful than our parents'. We don't have harder problems, but we're constantly bombarded with information.

The nervous system is usually associated with the brain. Our neurological system is spread out. The system sends and receives signals.

The nervous system has several branches with two main control boards: – The central nervous system (CNS), which is the brain, brainstem, and spinal cord – The peripheral nervous system (PNS), which is everything else throughout the body

The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) equips the body to handle a “fight-or-flight response.” This happens via an increase in norepinephrine, epinephrine, and other neurotransmitters.

The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) is primarily made up of the vagus nerve. This nerve makes up about 75% of our PSNS.

It’s made up of nerves that cover the length of the gut. This system runs from the vagus nerve down to the sacral region of the central nervous system (the lowest part of the spinal cord).

Even if you deal with a lot of stress, there are many ways to support a balanced nervous system response. This involves finding ways to naturally engage and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.

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