The body’s central nervous system plays a crucial role in keeping us functioning at optimal levels of health. It controls all the other systems in the body, so the health of the central nervous system is vital. It is made up of the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system is made up of all the nerves in our body. The nervous system breaks down further into the autonomic nervous system, which controls all the involuntary actions that we do without thinking, such as breathing, digesting, and pumping blood through the body. To break it down even further, the autonomic nervous system is composed of two parts, the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. Overall, for the body to work properly, there must be a balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of the nervous system. If at any point anything is out of whack, it can become a big problem that affects our health and wellness.
What Is the Difference Between the Parasympathetic and Sympathetic Systems?
The parasympathetic system is responsible for keeping the body in the rest and digest phase. It is the part of the body that helps it repair itself as well as function at high, healthy levels each day. A healthy parasympathetic system leads to long-term health and wellness. The sympathetic system is responsible for our “fight or flight” response, otherwise known as the stress response. Whenever your body senses a physical or emotional threat, it shuts down regular functions to cope with the threat and turns on the stress response. Essentially, it shifts into the fight or flight mode. This results in rapid heart rate, increased sweating, and elevated blood pressure. We always want these systems to be balanced. Too much of the parasympathetic and not […]