In Part I of this article series, I discuss ways to increase the amount and quality of bodily sensation in your life by touching and being touched.
In Part II, I offered tips on diet to optimize the health of the nerves and optimize nerve transmission. Part III will help you select supplements to augment your improved diet and take your health and vitality to new heights.
If you suffer from depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and emotional instability that commonly accompany immune system challenges and sustained stress, fear not! Here, you will learn about selected nutritional supplements that alleviate such distressing conditions. Supplements that enhance nervous system health can also be beneficial for healing fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and many other conditions.
Nutritional supplements that restore and maintain the nervous system have additional health benefits as well. Many are magnificent immune system boosters! As such, they support anti-aging and cancer prevention.
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All vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional supplements are just that - supplements! The better your self-care routine, the better the results of adding nutritional supplements will be.
The foundation you need for supplements to work optimally to improve health consists of healthy whole food diet, consistent exercise program that you enjoy, and enough quality sleep. Add to that human relationships rich in love and respect, regular loving contact with nature, animals and plants, and regularly taking time out for quiet inner reflection or meditation, and you have a solid base on which to build optimal health.
NOTE: Not all supplements are created equal!
Three decades of in-depth experience with the supplement industry has proven to me that you need to thoroughly research any company from whom you buy nutritional supplements. Don't take their word for it; even the poorest quality products claim to be better than all the others! Second-rate supplements are less likely to result in the kind of significant benefits I talk about here.
The Following Supplements Support Nervous System Health
Inositol is a pleasantly sweet-tasting powder that is actually classified as a B-vitamin. Research has found that it increases serotonin and improves sleep quality. Not only that, but it tends to reduce cravings, as well! Six to twelve grams per day has facilitated increased cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer's. Six grams per day was found helpful in relieving diabetic neuropathy.
Research found that patients suffering depression have lower levels of inositol in their brains than non-sufferers. To improve mood and noticeably reduce depression, six to twelve grams per day for a month was found effective. Inositol can be used safely along with antidepressants.
Inositol also has a relaxing effect that helps calm anxiety.
My personal experience and that of clients to whom I've recommended inositol has been very positive. Used in large enough amounts, I have seen inositol supplementation achieve remarkable results in relieving depression and anxiety, enhancing mood, and helping people fall asleep easily even when they are under stress. Not only that, but their quality of sleep noticeably improves, also.
For the purpose of using inositol in large enough quantities to be effective, the most economical form to buy is a powder, rather than capsules or tablets.
Choline is a supplement related to, and complementary to, inositol. It benefits brain and nervous system health and helps metabolize fats that contribute to nervous system health. It is good to take with fats, since it emulsifies them and aids in digesting them. Choline has a lemony, acidic taste. I find 600 - 1000 mg per day to be effective.
Omega 3 essential fatty acids in the form of a fish oil supplement helps maintain brain, myelin sheaths and nervous system health. It also increases the strength of cell membranes throughout the body. Omega 3's are important for maintaining the eyes and healthy visual functioning.
Glutamine is contained in many foods, but is destroyed by heat, so it is good to consider using a supplement. Glutamine easily passes through the blood-brain barrier, a protective barrier formed by the red blood cells and glia of brain. In brain, glutamine is converted to glutamic acid which helps sustain proper brain function. Increases gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) - amino acid that functions as a neurotransmitter.
Other benefits of glutamine include:
1 - Protecting the body from stress.
2 - Balancing blood sugar.
3 - Promoting weight loss.
4 - Stops food cravings.
5 - Heals and repairs the digestive tract.
6 - Reduces food allergies.
Calcium and magnesium are essential for nerve transmission. More well known, of course, is the importance of these minerals for bone health. Calcium and magnesium need boron, and vitamins A and D in order to be absorbed. I have found these two minerals also support good sleep quality.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a fat soluble antioxidant and protects nerves from free radical damage. Generally, 100 - 300 mg per day is enough to be of benefit.
You can alleviate depression and anxiety through a consistent program of self-care. A wholesome diet, exercise, proper rest, and selected quality nutritional supplements that support the nervous system and the immune system will go a long way toward supporting a healthy, happy life.
Ellen Landauer is a Health Seminar Leader and Coach with 3 decades experience, and a Certified Advanced Rolfer with a practice for over 25 years. Her mission is to empower people to achieve optimal health as a gateway to the joy of higher human functioning. Ms. Landauer has initiated a wholesale supplement program for a limited number of selected applicants.