Sympathetic Vs Parasympathetic Nervous Systems

Sympathetic Vs Parasympathetic Nervous Systems

Everyone has probably heard of the phrase “Fight or Flight”.  So, what is the definition, where did this originate, and what are the implications on our minds and bodies?

Our nervous system is very complex and affects all areas of our body, mind, and spiritual health whether good or bad?  There are two components of our nervous system the sympathetic region and the parasympathetic region.  Each possess specific neurotransmitters that are responsible for various functions in the body one of which is our emotional well being.  

The sympathetic system is known as “fight or flight” and secretes the neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinephrine. This region of our brain is triggered when our body is in a state of alarm and the good Lord gave us this to protect us.  If you think about ancestral times, during times of scarcity and being attacked by animals, this system allowed for protection and survival.  Conversely, the parasympathetic system, is known as the rest and recovery mode, and secretes the calming noradrenaline neurons.  

In today's adrenaline-fueled, “on-the-go” lifestyles, humanity is mainly operating in threat mode, which is one of the reasons we contract a variety of different illnesses.

The constant overstimulation of our nervous systems caused by our fast-paced way of living causes our bodies to release inflammatory proteins in response to stress.  Because of this, our nervous system shows a decrease in the capabilities of our immune system, which is what responds to threats such as viruses (Covid), germs and various bacteria. 

In addition, to an impaired immune system, the constant state of stress contributes to depression, anxiety, high blood pressure etc. etc. which our society is certainly witnessing during the pandemic.  Furthermore, when we are operating from a state of fear and uncertainty, we tend to be prone to make unwise-impulsive decisions, as this constant torment on our nervous system affects areas of our brain that regulate cognitive abilities and decision making.  

Like anything in life, too much of anything is never good, as it takes us from a state of harmony and balance.  We all must be mindful or recognize these symptoms and move from constant threat mode (which has negative long-term effects on our health) to our rest and recovery mode that will change how we respond to life’s circumstances.  

Shroomspa product offerings will provide specific products to address the root cause of these imbalances and help to restore the balance or harmony that our creator has so uniquely provided us all to live from.  These are just tools to add to your preventative toolbox but there are many FREE lifestyle changes that we all should incorporate to balance the teeter totter of our emotional state.  

I will capture in another blog additional lifestyle changes that we should incorporate to move from “threat” to “relaxation mode”.  

Be Blessed!!!

1 comment

Very useful information explained in a simplified manner. Thanks for sharing it Dave.

Joseph Benny

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