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By Rich Jammes

The nervous system relies on a high-speed communications network to alert the brain to information that affects all areas of the body. For instance the impulses sent from the nervous system to the brain travel at up to 250 miles per hour. This is infinitely faster than the endocrine system that sends hormones through the bloodstream and may take an hour to get to their destination. The nervous system has the full attention of the brain and the brain responds. The responses can be the result of pain, enjoyment or other sensory data. You work your heart and muscles to improve their condition and tone. You want to have a low resting heart rate and slow deep breathing all the time. Exercise definitely helps all that. There is nothing better you can do for depression than regular exercise. But it’s also very desirable to directly train the nervous system to operate efficiently and effectively. Anyone can become more sane. When I tell you to exercise your brain I don’t mean soduku and crossword puzzles.

For almost everyone, stimulation is not the big issue. The problem is inadequate capacity for relaxation of the nervous system. I don’t mean the kind of relaxation that you get after physical exhaustion or a few shots of tequila. I mean training the relaxation response. The methods I describe below have permanent benefits for a broad range of issues. Most of them involve biological monitoring and biofeedback. Biofeedback means interactive training with a display of your physiological responses. It is like exercising with an inner body mirror.

Nutrients for Brain Power . Boost Choline Intake Choline, a B vitamin-like substance, is a crucial ingredient in the membranes found in every one of your cells. Dietary or supplementary choline can boost the production of acetylcholine and thus is important for memory, learning, and mental alertness. Rich food sources of choline include lecithin, peanuts, wheat germ, and soy foods. Balance Your Electrolytes The ability of a nerve to fire depends on the presence of electrolytes - minerals such as potassium, sodium, chloride, and magnesium dissolved in water. They are termed electrolytes to signify their critical role in conducting electricity in the human body. If you have too much sodium and too little potassium in your diet, the imbalance can slow down the ability of neurons to conduct signals.

Herbal Brain Tonics Biochemic tissue salts (also known as tissue or cell salts) are essential components in the cellular level. For without them, cells in bodily organs and consequently, the organs in vital systems of the body will desist to function properly. The biochemic salt Kalium Phosphate is an essential factor of the human nervous system for without it the brain would lose its ability to concentrate. Symptoms of Kalium Phosphate deficiency include hyperactivity disorders (ADD, ADHD), memory loss (Alzheimer's, Amnesia), insomnia, nervous exhaustion and other neurological disorders. Another biochemic salt called the Natrium Muriaticum maintains water balance at the cellular level. The tissue salt plays a critical role in the excretion of cellular waste products while providing fluid requirements. A deficiency of Natrium Muriaticum triggers severe headaches and may even lead to cases of chronic depression. Calcium Phosphate on the other hand is essential in routine cell regeneration since its deficiency would result to rampant cell deterioration that likely renders the human body good as dead. An imbalance or loss of any of the mentioned biochemic tissue salts in the body would surely be a horrifying ordeal.

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