Neurological health refers to the state or status of your brain and nervous system.
Your nervous system controls your body via electrical signals and biochemical energy. Your nervous system completes it’s work through the following components:
- Your brain (which works similar to a computer)
- Your spinal cord
- Your nerves.
The billions of nerve cells, or your neural network, is a powerhouse of signals generated by neurotransmitters.
This neural network creates electricity through nerve signals and biochemical reactions. This electricity allows your nervous system to monitor and interpret activity within your body. Your neural network also controls the relationship between your body and your environment. For example, through your nervous system you:
- Sense what’s going inside of and around you
- Interpret what’s going on inside and around you
- Integrate what’s going in the environment.
Your brain and nerves allow you to deal with stressors, threats and challenges. As a result, your body to respond to keep you functioning and living. Your nervous system controls:
- Hormone function,
- Digestion and elimination of waste
- Blood circulation
- Cognitive Function
What ares the obstacles to neurological health?
First, your nervous system can be injured, impacted by internal health conditions and stressed by toxins. Diseases like stroke, dementia and multiple sclerosis are caused by brain tissue and nerve cell damage. Certain health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity can cause abnormal nervous system function. Especially for women, health conditions such as pregnancy, depression and reproductive organ cancer can have devastating effects on the nervous system.
Second, the toxicity of substances like tobacco, alcohol and even some prescription medication can cause your nervous system to be off balance. Your nervous system imbalance can be short or last long. And, over the long-term the substances that are toxic to your nervous systems can accelerate the path to aging and death.
Last but not least, research shows that external impacts to your nervous system such as chronic stress and lack of sleep are toxic to the nervous system at the biological level. These” toxic states” are associated with higher levels of disease, including dementia, stroke, cancer, and depression.
It all sums up to the fact that your neurological health is based on how well your body functions, how you fight neurological disease, and you manage your neurological symptoms. This is the focus of Your Brain Doctor.