Don’t give your brain ALL the credit for making health decisions. Did you know that we have three “brains”?
They all keep your bodily functions running well with very different jobs.
Have you heard the term “mind-body” connection?
We are realizing, now more than ever, with modern medical research that the body has constant “conversations” with your brain.
Not only does your brain communicate with the rest of your body, but your “other brains” like your heart and your gut, communicate PLENTY with your brain.
It’s like one huge feedback loop, so if you are treating each brain well, your whole system will be well.
This brain is in charge of logical processing and conscious decision-making. It also controls unconscious biological processes like breathing, regulating body temperature, and activating your metabolism.
The ancient Egyptians used to believe that your heart had its kind of intelligence and they were right!! There are a ton of neural pathways in your heart that are part of this communication highway. The two branches of the autonomic nervous system, sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (chill function) run through your heart. When your heart rate accelerates due to signals from your emotions and your #1 brain, then your blood pressure can go up.
90% of the neurotransmitters that are used for the brain to body communication are made by the friendly flora that lives in your gut! So think of your gut as a major communications expert – so take care of your good gut guys and feed them with plenty of vegetables that are high in various fibers.
Most of the gut-nourishing habits are super healing for the other two brains too! So focus on a gut-healing diet with plenty of vegetables, some clean protein organic/grass-fed, including nuts and seeds, and fermented foods every day. Plus include probiotics, plenty of filtered water, and some supplemental support.
Decide to take on more healing habits, so that you can feel more energized.
To your health,
Dr. Wanda Bedinghaus, MD, IFMCP