The Nervous system can seem very complex, but in a simplified view we are mostly in Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) dominance these days, the fight or flight, anxiety, on edge, always on the go. We need to try to move things back to our Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSNS), the calm place, happy, safe, slow.
So, how can we calm the GO (SNS) and promote the SLOW (PSNS) with food? We looked at many other ways to help get to that space of peace in this month’s Rest & Rese webinar, Systems Overload – Link:
Following on from this I decided write this week’s article on the topic, here are some foods that can really help ground you and get you out of that wired energy.
1 - Protein - this can be any form of protein:
- do your best to keep it as natural as possible
2 - Get an oil change - move from hydrogenated fats to Omega 3 oils:
Deep sea fatty fish
3 - B vitamins:
My favourite - Nutritional yeast
B vitamin supplements
4 - Get back to your roots, specifically your root veggies:
5 - Spice it up - hot chilli’s, research shows capsaicin in chilli’s can significantly lower the SNS reactivity
6 - Get hydrated - drink your water.
7 - Chew your food - give your digestion a chance to absorb the goodness to support your nervous system
A few things you should think about reducing are:
- Caffeine - Stimulates SNS
- Alcohol - Stimulates SNS
Food is one part of the picture but it’s important not to ignore it!
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Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.