Sympathetic Nerve Support Remedy
The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for up- and down-regulating many homeostatic mechanisms in living organisms. Fibers from the SNS innervate tissues in almost every organ system, providing at least some regulatory function to things as diverse as pupil diameter, gut motility, and urinary output. It is perhaps best known for mediating the neuronal and hormonal stress response commonly known as the fight-or-flight response. This response is also known as sympatho-adrenal response of the body. The preganglionic sympathetic fibers that end in the adrenal medulla (but also all other sympathetic fibers) secrete acetylcholine which activates the great secretion of adrenaline (epinephrine) and to a lesser extent, noradrenaline (norepinephrine). This response acts primarily on the cardiovascular system and is mediated directly via impulses transmitted through the sympathetic nervous system and indirectly via catecholamines secreted from the adrenal medulla.
Examples of sympathetic responses:
- stimulates heartbeat
- raises blood pressure
- dilates the pupils
- dilates the trachea and bronchi
- stimulates glycogenolysis - the conversion of liver glycogen into glucose
- shunts blood away from the skin and viscera to the skeletal muscles, brain, and heart
- inhibits peristalsis in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract
- inhibits contraction of the bladder and rectum
In short, stimulation of the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system prepares the body for emergencies (and, perhaps, enhances the memory of the event that triggered the "fight or flight" response). Sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions typically function in opposition to each other. This natural opposition is better understood as complementary in nature rather than antagonistic.
The Sympathetic nervous system is critical to our survival. It is often referred to as the fight or flight mechanism because anytime we perceive danger, it kicks in and puts the body in a position to respond with the most efficiency. Whether it is running from a tiger in Africa, responding to hearing a window break in the middle of the night, or lifting a car off of someone you love, the Sympathetic response (adrenaline surge) makes all this possible. But what percent of your day is spent in fight or flight mode? Stress of any kind activates the Sympathetic response, it does not have to be a life threatening situation. Over activity of the Sympathetic system can lead to many health conditions.
Suggestions To Strengthen
- Consider the advice posted under the Parasympathetic Nerves.
- Eat organic, healthy foods to keep minerals balanced.
- Perform regular cardio activity (aerobic) to keep circulation and heart strong.