Nerve Health


What You May Not Know About Nerve Health

The control center of your entire body is influenced by proper nerve health.  The spinal cord and brain, along with a large number of nerves cause your actions and reactions.  Nerve health can also be an influence to your emotions or how you interpret the environment around you.  High stress levels affect your nerves causing you to feel negative toward people and things that probably would not generally bother you.  A healthy diet is essential to nerve health and regular exercise releases endorphins that help to balance your mood, positive feelings and increase your self-esteem.

Nutrition plays an important role in nerve health, especially magnesium.  It is said that magnesium helps to regulate calcium levels in your body.  Without magnesium, the proper flow of the current caused by your nerves cannot be properly maintained.  When magnesium levels in your body become low then the calcium level drops and without the needed adequate amount of calcium, the nerves cannot properly function resulting in poor nerve health

Magnesium works in many ways to aid in nerve health.  Magnesium has been used to control convulsions, epileptic seizures and alcoholic shakes.  It works as a depressant for the nerves, however, it has a paradoxical effect in people that are magnesium deficient.  A person having a deficiency that takes magnesium will feel more energetic like they took a stimulant, even though it's actually a depressant.

When a person has a very low magnesium level, the nerve health is affected resulting in loss of muscle movement, mental process and respiration.  Symptoms that your body is depleted of magnesium is irritability, irregular heartbeat, twitching and fatigue.  Magnesium deficiency can usually be remedied by consuming foods such as wheat germ, liver, cocoa, green vegetables, eggs, almonds and soy beans.

Poor nerve health can also be affected by a vitamin B12 deficiency.  A poor amount of this vitamin in your system can result in non-clear communication between the spinal cord and your brain.  People that suffer from a deficiency in this vitamin show signs of pain, twitching, weakness, muscle cramps, numbness and tingling.  The symptoms will depend on whether the damaged nerves are sensory, motor or autonomic.  Adding a vitamin B12 supplement to your diet is essential to nerve health.

Nerve health can also be affected by diabetes.  If you have diabetes and you can keep your blood glucose as close to normal as possible then you can substantially lower your risk of nerve damage.  In addition to this, you should limit your alcohol consumption, avoid smoking and take care of your feet.  Be sure to wash your feet daily in warm water and inspect them for sores, blisters, cuts or calluses.  If your skin is dry you should rub lotion on them but do not put any lotion in between your toes.  Also, if you have diabetes you need to always wear socks in shoes to avoid blisters, wear slippers around the house and wear shoes that fit well.

Your nerves constantly send messages through your body from your brain.  If you have high blood sugar, over time it will eventually damage blood vessels that need to bring oxygen to your nerves.  Damaged nerves will stop sending messages resulting in poor nerve health.  If you suffer from peripheral nerve damage then it can cause your feet, legs, arms and hands to go numb.  You also might not feel hot and cold elements the way you should and the way you need to.  The muscles in your feet get shorter and weaker also, due to the nerve damage affecting their shape.

You may think your brain is really in charge of your body but poor nerve health doesn't allow it to function properly.  Your nerves control everything that happens in your body.  If you think you may have signs of poor nerve heath, it is always recommended that you speak with your doctor about possible remedies.