Natural Nerve Calming


Nerves are well protected and resistant to injury but there are limits. When a nerve gets “caught, pinched or tethered,” injury results. 

When I injured myself in a Pilates class last year, I hurt a nerve in my sacrum was super painful. You may think nerve damage is small, but think how small a paper cut is and what an annoyance it is! It flared up and radiated down my entire leg. 

I decided to see if there were any natural ways I could help calm the nerves and put the painkillers back on the shelf. After all, the nervous system is a "wired" communication system of the body and totally connected. Stress, tension, anxiety will all effect your nerves. 

Natural Ways To Relieve Pain

  1. Exercise. It releases natural painkillers called endorphins and promotes blood flow to the nerves in the legs and feet. Perfect!
  2. Hot Bath. This is a great innexpesinve and easy treatment. The warm water will temporarily increase blood flow and help ease stress. 
  3. Meditation. Meditation calms the mind/body causing inflammation to subside. Start and end the day off on a relaxing note with 15 min. 

Good Foods to Eat

1. Super foods high in Antioxidants

These foods can help heal damaged nerves and at the same time help reduce the risk of cancer and immune diseases.

  • Fruits: Blueberries | Raspberries | Blackberries | Acai Berry
  • Greens: Broccoli | Spinach
  • Other : Dark chocolate | Green tea

2. Foods High in Omega-3

Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Fish: Salmon | Trout | Halibut | Tuna
  • Other: Flaxseed | Walnuts | Soybeans | Tofu

3. Foods high in B12 

B12 contribute to the repair and maintenance of nerve cells, and particularly the myelin sheath. 

  • Fish: Salmon | Trout | Halibut | Tuna
  • Dairy: Milk | Cheese | Eggs

4. Water   

Dehydration can cause muscle spasms and increased viscosity or thickness of the blood. This can disrupt healing and worsen inflammation. 

Things to Avoid

1. Happy Hour - Heavy alcohol use is toxic to nerves and can worsen nerve pain. 

2. Artificial Sweeters - They are part of a chemical group called excitotoxins, which activate neurons that can increase your sensitivity to pain.

3. Caffeine - Can is a stimulant and can make anxiety worse.

Image via:  Kimberly Snyder

Image via: Kimberly Snyder

In replace of coffee or caffeinated tea in the evening, I have been drinking this wonderful hot beverage from nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, called Nourish Your Nervous System Elixir based on the Ayurveda principles of nourishing your nerves. I find it's a great recipe to sip in the evening.