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Healthy Habits for Strong Nervous Systems

Scott Loeb DO
Medically reviewed by Dr. Loeb
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Scott Loeb DO
Medically reviewed by Dr. Loeb

The nervous system (NS) is a complex structure. It regulates all body functions. NS affects vision, breathing, and heartbeat. It also affects digestion and motor activity. The nervous system is one of the main components of health. Its poor condition can lead to various problems. Possible consequences include insomnia, anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue. Memory and concentration problems are also common. Pay attention to the health of the NS and take measures to improve it. Let’s look at some methods and practices. They can help improve your mental state.

A healthy mind improves cognitive function, mood regulation, and stress resilience. We’ll talk about foods for nervous system health. Consuming a balanced diet rich in nutrients supports its function. Regular physical activity boosts blood flow to the brain. Individuals must practice meditation or mindfulness and prioritize adequate sleep. It’ll help to facilitate neural repair and regeneration. By nurturing mental health, individuals can be the happiest ones. 

The importance of nervous system health


The significance of nervous system health is immeasurable. It influences various aspects of overall well-being:

  • Cognitive function: A healthy NS supports optimal cognitive abilities. They include memory, attention, and problem-solving skills.
  • Emotional regulation: Proper NS function contributes to effective emotional regulation. It helps individuals manage stress, anxiety, and mood swings.
  • Physical coordination: A well-functioning NS is essential for coordinating movements. It maintains balance and controls fine motor skills.
  • Sensory perception: The NS is crucial in processing sensory information. It allows individuals to perceive and respond to their environment.
  • Autonomic functions: NS health influences autonomic functions. They are heart rate, digestion, and breathing. Such functions are vital for maintaining homeostasis.
  • Stress resilience: A resilient NS can better withstand the effects of stress. It adapts to challenging situations.
  • Overall vitality: Mental health and the nervous system are closely interconnected. A healthy mind contributes to a strong NS, and vice versa. 

Prioritizing this aspect promotes overall vitality and enhances quality of life.

The health of the nervous system through nutrition

Nutrition is crucial for supporting neurological health. Consuming enough nutrients through a balanced diet is vital for optimal neural function. This includes vitamins, minerals, and other essential compounds. They play critical roles in brain health. A well-rounded nutritional intake supports cognitive processes. It fosters overall physical and mental well-being. Nutrition contributes to a healthier and more vibrant life.

Essential Nutrients to Support the Nervous System

Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins B6, B12, and folate are beneficial. Magnesium and zinc significantly improve mental health, too. Omega-3 fatty acids aid in maintaining nerve cell structure. Also, they optimize neurotransmitter function. Antioxidants protect against oxidative stress. They support overall neural health. B vitamins improve neurotransmitter synthesis, cognitive function, and nerve signaling. Magnesium and zinc contribute to nerve cell structure and function. 

Products that have a beneficial effect on the nervous system

Certain foods and supplements can provide beneficial effects on the NS. Examples include fatty fish (rich in omega-3s), nuts, and seeds. They are sources of antioxidants and minerals. Also, examples involve leafy greens (high in B vitamins) and fortified foods for nervous system health. They must contain essential nutrients for NS support. Incorporating these products into a balanced diet can help maintain health.

Mental well-being and nervous system

This aspect is closely linked to NS health. The brain and nerves regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Supporting NS function through lifestyle choices is crucial. Also, individuals must follow stress management techniques. It helps maintain mental health. 

Relationship between mental health and nervous system

The relationship between mental health and the nervous system is bidirectional and complex. Stress, anxiety, and depression can impact neurotransmitter balance and neural connectivity. Also, it influences the overall NS function. Conversely, support for emotional regulation, cognitive function, and resilience are pivotal. They contribute to positive mental health outcomes. Nurturing both mental health and nervous system health is crucial for overall well-being.

Stress management techniques and mental health

Adjust how you manage stress. So you can improve your nervous system health. Effective methods include physical activity, relaxation, and meditation. Yoga can help promote spiritual well-being. “Body soul” and “stretching” have also become popular. Good relationships with family and friends will provide support and a sense of unity.

The importance of sleep for nervous system health

Getting a full 8 hours of sleep is the key to the health of the NS and the whole body. It supports various essential functions:

  • Neural repair: During sleep, the brain undergoes repair processes. They include removing toxins and consolidating memories.
  • Neurotransmitter balance: Adequate sleep helps maintain optimal levels of neurotransmitters. They are essential for proper nerve signaling and cognitive function.
  • Emotional regulation: Sleep is crucial in regulating emotions and mood. It promotes mental well-being and stress resilience.
  • Memory consolidation: Sleep stores new information and experiences in long-term memory.
  • Immune function: Quality sleep supports immune function. It helps the body defend against infections and inflammation affecting nervous system health.
  • Energy restoration: Sleep replenishes energy stores. It allows the NS to function optimally throughout the day.
  • Stress reduction: Proper sleep reduces stress levels. It lowers the risk of chronic stress-related conditions impacting NS function.

Prioritizing sufficient and quality sleep is essential for maintaining nervous system health.

Seeking professional help: therapy and counseling


Treatment plans and counseling provide invaluable support. This is pivotal for individuals experiencing mental health challenges. Those struggling with NS health need medical help, too. Professional therapists and counselors offer guidance, support, and evidence-based interventions. They help individuals navigate their emotions, manage stress, and improve overall well-being.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT is a widely used therapeutic approach for mental and nervous system health. It focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. Through structured sessions and homework assignments, individuals learn coping strategies. They help to challenge unhelpful beliefs and develop healthier ways of behaving.


This treatment strategy encompasses various therapeutic approaches aimed at addressing psychological issues. Also, they improve emotional well-being and promote NS health. Psychotherapy helps individuals explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They do it through one-on-one or group sessions. It leads to increased self-awareness and enhanced coping skills.

Lifestyle factors influencing mental health and nervous system function

Lifestyle factors influence mental and nervous system health. They include physical activity and social connections. Also, among such factors is substance consumption.

Physical activity and sports

Regular participation in sports offers numerous benefits for mental health. Engaging in physical activity can reduce stress levels and elevate mood. Also, it enhances cognitive function. Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins. These neurotransmitters are known for their ability to boost mood. Incorporating regular exercise into their routine is pivotal for nervous system health. Sports participation provides opportunities for social interaction and teamwork. 

Social Connections

Regular interaction fosters a sense of belonging and connectedness. It reduces feelings of loneliness and isolation. A supportive social network provides emotional support during challenging times. It offers comfort, encouragement, and understanding. Sharing experiences, thoughts, and feelings with trusted individuals can alleviate stress. Also, it improves mental and nervous system health. Nurturing meaningful relationships contributes to resilience. 

Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption

Excessive alcohol and caffeine intake can negatively impact mental health. Moderate consumption may have some health benefits. Excessive alcohol intake can impair cognitive function and disrupt sleep patterns. Also, it exacerbates mental health conditions. Similarly, excessive caffeine consumption can lead to anxiety, insomnia, and overstimulation. 

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Edward Medina
Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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