5 Warning Signs Your Nervous System Is Out of Sync

5 Warning Signs Your Nervous System Is Out of Sync

Are you feeling fatigued, having difficulty sleeping and feeling bloated all the time? This could be your body signalling that your nervous system is out of sync. 

We deep dive into what your nervous system is and the impact imbalances can have on our bodies and explore ways to restore balance through nutrition and lifestyle changes. 

What is the Nervous System?

The nervous system is your body's command centre. It comprises the brain, spinal cord, and a vast network of nerves. This system sends and receives information, allowing us to respond to the world around us. It regulates everything from your heartbeat to your ability to read this blog. It operates in two primary modes: the "fight or flight" (sympathetic) and the "rest and digest" (parasympathetic) responses, crucial for managing stress and aiding in recovery and digestion.

The Ripple Effect of an Imbalanced Nervous System

When your nervous system is out of balance, it's like a finely tuned orchestra playing out of sync. This disharmony can manifest in various ways, impacting your physical, emotional, and mental health. It can lead to disrupted sleep patterns, anxiety, digestive issues, and even hormonal imbalances. The gut-brain axis, a bidirectional communication highway between your gut and your brain, plays a pivotal role here. An imbalance in gut health can send stress signals to the brain, exacerbating nervous system imbalances and contributing to a cycle of stress and discomfort.

Connecting the Dots: Gut Health, Hormones, and the Nervous System

The gut is often called the "second brain" for a good reason. It produces a significant amount of serotonin, a key neurotransmitter that affects mood and behaviour. A healthy gut contributes to a balanced nervous system, which in turn supports hormonal equilibrium. Conversely, a stressed nervous system can lead to gut health issues, which can disrupt hormonal balance, illustrating the interconnectedness of our bodily systems.

5 Warning Signs Your Nervous System Is Out of Sync

  • Persistent Fatigue: Not just tiredness that a good night's sleep can fix, but a deep, unrelenting fatigue.
  • Digestive Issues: Unexplained digestive symptoms, bloating, or changes in appetite can be signs.
  • Mood Fluctuations: Increased irritability, anxiety, or feelings of overwhelm.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty falling or staying asleep, or waking up not feeling rested.
  • Physical Symptoms: Frequent headaches, palpitations, or a sensation of being "on edge."

Rebalancing Acts: Nutrition and Lifestyle Tips

  • Prioritise Gut Health: Incorporate probiotics and prebiotics into your diet. Fermented foods like yoghurt, kefir, and kimchi, and fibre-rich foods can support a healthy gut microbiome, which in turn supports mental health.
  • Adopt a Nutrient Dense Diet: Nourishing your nervous system requires more than just eating healthily; it's about focusing on foods rich in specific nutrients that support nerve function and brain health. Key vitamins and minerals include:
  • B Vitamins: Particularly B6, B9 (folate), and B12, are crucial for creating neurotransmitters and repairing nerve fibres. Find them in meat, fish, beans, and sunflower seeds.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Essential for brain health and reducing inflammation, omega-3s can be found in flaxseeds, walnuts, chia seeds, and fatty fish like salmon.
  • Magnesium: This mineral supports nerve function and relaxation. Include magnesium-rich foods like leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and whole grains in your diet.
  • Antioxidants: Vitamins C and E, and selenium, combat oxidative stress that can damage nerve cells. Citrus fruits, berries, nuts, and vegetables are excellent sources.
  • Calcium: Important for nerve signalling, you can get calcium from dairy products, fortified plant milks, calcium-set tofu and sesame seeds.
  • Manage Stress: Techniques such as mindfulness, yoga, and deep-breathing exercises can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation.
  • Ensure Quality Sleep: Establish a calming bedtime routine and aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
  • Stay Hydrated and Exercise Regularly: Both are fundamental for maintaining overall health and supporting the nervous system.


Recognising the signs your nervous system may be out of sync is the first step towards rebalancing it. Through mindful nutrition and lifestyle changes, you can support your body's natural harmony, enhancing your health and well-being. Remember, it's not just about what we eat, but how we live. At Free Soul, we believe in nurturing both body and mind for a holistic approach to health.


Marilia Chamon
Written by Marilia Chamon
Registered Nutritional Therapist, Gut Health, IBS & SIBO Expert
Founder of Gutfulness Nutrition
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