How Important are Food Enzymes in Your Life?
Part 4: Autonomic Nervous System
In this article, I am going to focus on the autonomic nervous system, also known as the visceral nervous system. The autonomic nervous system functions below the level of consciousness. For example, you don’t have to think about how to increase or decrease your heart rate or breathing rate, constrict or dilate your pupils or secrete saliva in your mouth when you take a bite of food. Your autonomic nervous system controls these functions among many other organ related functions.
Nutritionally, there are certain minerals that can help support the normal function of the autonomic nervous system. During times of high or prolonged stress, your body requires more nutritional support to be able to combat that stress. If your diet is not high in fruits and vegetables, if you have a weakened digestive system, or if you are eating too much sugar, it is very easy for you to become deficient in these minerals. This can lead to sympathetic or para-sympathetic dominance. This will upset the natural harmony of your autonomic nervous system, which can lead to health problems. There are some food enzyme supplements that can support your body’s nutritional needs and can help speed up your recovery.
Here are a few common symptoms to let you know if your autonomic nervous system could be out of balance:
- Type A personality
- Stiff, sore joints, especially after rest
- Problems with indigestion or constipation
- Muscle soreness and weakness
- Restlessness, hyperirritability, or restless legs at night
- Unresolved health problems
The most common thing that I see in my practice with my patients who struggle with autonomic nervous system problems is diet and eating too much sugar. And what I mean by sugar is a lot of processed foods, baked goods and refined carbohydrates. Diet is so important in the healing process that I always ask my patients about their diet. I will ask them about how many fruits and vegetables they eat per day. Rarely, will I get someone that eat more than 3 servings per day. We need to be eating 7-13 servings per day according to the CDC.