Aging is a complex phenomenon, affecting all of the body’s systems at once. One of the key elements of aging that impacts our health as we get older is autonomic nervous system (ANS) imbalance.

Fortunately, NuCalm can help combat this aspect of aging by resetting the ANS. It’s one of the most powerful anti-aging effects of NuCalm and could help you avoid or at least postpone some of the serious health consequences of aging. 

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What Is the ANS?

The ANS is often called the body’s “involuntary” nervous system, because it controls many of the “automatic” functions that we take for granted and depend on daily for the health and normal operation of the body.This includes breathing, heartbeat, digestion, and more. 

The ANS has two branches: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The sympathetic nervous system controls the body’s “fight or flight” response. It makes you stressed, and you depend on it in critical situations where your body has to perform in response to threats. 

The parasympathetic nervous system controls the body’s “rest and digest” response. It helps your body control appetite, take in nutrients, sleep, and heal from wounds and disease. 

ANS Imbalance

When we are young, the two branches of the ANS are in relative balance. The parasympathetic system usually dominates, calling on the sympathetic system as necessary. Of course, many people experience stress disorders, which lead to an overuse of the sympathetic nervous system, triggering imbalance. 

However, ANS imbalance also increases with age. While it seems that the responsiveness of both parts of the nervous system decrease, the parasympathetic nervous system seems to decline faster, which makes the sympathetic nervous system more dominant as we get older. 

The Effects of ANS Imbalance

So, why does ANS imbalance matter? The increased dominance of the sympathetic nervous system can be linked to many health risks as we get older, as well as some challenges of aging that impact our health and quality of life. 

Most straightforward is the impact of ANS imbalance on the heart. The sympathetic nervous system ramps up our heartbeat to improve performance during critical times. However, long-term sympathetic nervous system dominance can contribute to high blood pressure and other cardiac problems, such as atrial fibrillation and heart disease. 

Sympathetic dominance also contributes to many other changes as we get older. We’ve talked before about retirement stress, but this is just one type of stress among seniors, who often see an increase in anxiety as they get older. Plus, the loss of parasympathetic tone could also be responsible for problems like reduced appetite and inability to sleep. Insomnia is highly prevalent among seniors, and this is part of the reason why. Lack of parasympathetic tone can also make us more vulnerable to disease. 

Restore Your Balance

Fortunately, you can do something about ANS imbalance. NuCalm promotes parasympathetic dominance. Using NuCalm regularly can help you improve the tone of your parasympathetic nervous system, helping you to maintain a better balance as you get older. 

NuCalm sessions only take about 20 minutes a day or so, but the impact can change your life. It helps you feel younger, sleep better, and stay healthy for longer.