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Surprising Facts About the Nervous System
Jen Heupel

Surprising Facts About the Nervous System

If you’re a practice member at Restore, you likely know the basics about the nervous system and it’s role in helping you heal from the inside out. But there are MANY incredible facts about the nervous system that we don’t have time to cover during your initial consultation and exam… so we thought we’d share some here!

Get ready to be amazed at how complex and vital your nervous system is to your overall health and wellbeing. You might even want to take some notes to wow your friends and family or win the next game of trivia.😉

10 Surprising Facts About the Nervous System

  1. The brain contains 100 billion neurons, each with up to 10,000 connections to other neurons, making the total number of connections in the human brain equivalent to the number of stars in the Milky Way.

  1. The nervous system is the fastest communication system in the human body, with nerve impulses traveling at speeds of up to 120 meters per second.


  2. The nervous system plays a key role in regulating our immune system, with nerve cells and immune cells communicating with each other to help fight off infections and other threats.

  1. The nervous system is also responsible for controlling our emotions and behavior, with different areas of the brain playing key roles in regulating mood, motivation, and decision-making.


  2. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is responsible for regulating many involuntary functions in the body, such as heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, digestion, and temperature control.


  3. The ANS is affected by a wide range of factors, including stress, emotions, exercise, and various drugs and medications. In some cases, dysfunction of the ANS can contribute to various health conditions, such as high blood pressure, digestive disorders, and autonomic neuropathy.


  4. The human brain uses about 20% of the body's total energy, despite making up only 2% of the body's weight.


  5. The nervous system is incredibly resilient, with the ability to repair and regenerate damaged nerve cells in some cases.


  6. Your skull isn’t the only thing that protects your brain. A special barrier called the blood-brain barrier prevents harmful substances in the blood from entering your brain.


  7. The longest nerve in the human body is the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down to the foot, and can measure up to 2 centimeters in diameter.

For more fun facts about the nervous system and different types of cells, click here.

Ways to Improve Nervous System Function

Now that you’ve learned some interesting facts about the nervous system and how CRITICAL it is for regulating all the other organ systems, muscles, and tissues in your body, it’s important to do YOUR PART to take care of it. Below are some articles that share simple, practical ways to reduce stress and nerve interference in your nervous system to support your physical, mental, and emotional health.

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