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Foods to Benefit Your Nervous System

By Sara Butler

Seeing the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic for regular chiropractic adjustments is one way to keep your central nervous system healthy and working optimally, but it's not the only thing you can do. In fact, there are several things you can do outside of the chiropractor's office to keep you healthy between visits. One of the biggest is what you eat. There are foods that can help keep your central nervous system balanced and incorporating them with regular chiropractic visits can bring you great results. Here are a few foods beneficial to your central nervous system that the chiropractors at The Joint want you to know about.

Go Bananas!

What's there not to love about bananas? They're full of potassium, which helps your brain (and other parts of you) to stay hydrated. That's why so many athletes grab a banana after a workout. Throw in the fact that they're portable and easy to hold in your hand, and you have the perfect snack that can help to keep your central nervous system working well.

Binge on Blueberries

Antioxidants help to fight free radicals that are constantly pummeling your body. As antioxidants work to help protect your heart, they also improve the health of your nervous system and even give your cognitive abilities a boost. Blueberries happen to be loaded with antioxidants, so enjoy them for the health of your heart and your brain!

Bring on the Beets

Beets are another food high in antioxidants. The antioxidants found in beets also help to reduce inflammation while the natural nitrates in beets help to increase blood flow to your brain. This helps keep your cognitive abilities sharp and your central nervous system firing on all cylinders!

Crazy for Cacao

Great news -- you can improve the health of your central nervous system with chocolate! Dark chocolate with a high concentration of cacao but not a lot of added sugar contains something called L-tryptophan. This is a neurotransmitter that helps keep your mind calm. So, go ahead, have a little dark chocolate for your brain!

Nab Some Nuts

There are several nuts rich in magnesium such as hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, and almond, and magnesium has been shown to relax your central nervous system. Add in some Brazil nuts, which are high in selenium, and you can help your nervous system relax and function as it should even more. Plus, the punch of protein from this snack is great for the whole body.

You are what you eat -- for your spine and beyond. If you need more advice on keeping your spine healthy with your food choices, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.

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