The Autonomic Nervous System and Good Health

by admin on February 18, 2012

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An article by Dr. Mark Force, “Alternative Medicine Magazine”
The very first thing that needs to be accomplished for people when they seek help for their health problems is to balance their autonomic nervous systems (ANS). The ANS regulates every part of the body. If the ANS is out of balance, health will not improve no matter what else is done.
The ANS regulates every unconscious process in your body. Think of it as the “automatic” part of your nervous system. It has to be set properly (like a thermostat in your house) to function properly.
There are two parts to the autonomic nervous system:
•    Parasympathetic – This system acts as the brakes, slowing down and relaxing you as well as controlling all of the body’s functions that work in a relaxed state.
•    Sympathetic – This system is like the gas; it speeds you up. It controls everything to do with the “fight or flight” response.
Your body needs to function normally when it’s in a parasympathetic state because that’s when the body repairs and maintains itself. If the body remains in a sympathetic (fight or flight) state for too long, it will break itself down quicker that it can repair itself.
It’s like having a car that you only put gas into while neglecting all maintenance. Things are going to start falling apart.
Some of the terms that describe this state are “neurasthenia” and “nervous exhaustion.” I am inclined to include chronic fatigue syndrome, as well.
It’s vitally important to your health that you know how to keep your ANS balanced. Your body is meant to operate primarily in the parasympathetic state. However, 99 percent of the time, people are chronically sick from always being in a fight-or-flight state.

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