The nervous system
The nervous system has two distinct parts. The central nervous system comprises
the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves
that connects the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. The brain coordinates
the ability to move, touch, smell, hear, and see. It allows us to think, decide,
and control our actions. The brain is in close and constant communication with
the entire nervous system.
When things go wrong
The disorders associated with the nervous system are some of the most frightening
problems we face. It is difficult for us to consider memory loss, dementia,
and Alzheimer’s disease. Stroke is always a worry. And problems with the sense
organs—such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and hearing loss—are worrisome
to us as we grow older.
Why things go wrong
Diet and lifestyle do make a difference. A diet low in B vitamins may affect
our "brain health." There are also links between nervous disorders such as Alzheimer’s
and Parkinson’s diseases and our increasingly toxic environment.
To maintain nervous system health
Live the Healthy Cell Concept™. The B vitamins are known as "brain" vitamins,
and supplements such as choline, phosphatidylserine, and ginkgo biloba are known
to help memory. Herbs such as chamomile, passionflower, valerian, and kava kava
help us maintain a balanced demeanor.