Do you realize that your brain health impacts:
Your relationships with loved ones;
Your work performance;
Your overall health, immunity and whether you are susceptible to certain illnesses;
Your health habits and how well you eat and take care of yourself;
Your success in life!
As you may be aware there is a very strong brain-body connection. In fact, your digestive system or gut houses approximately 500 million neurons, which is why we now realize we have two brains – one in our heads and one in our guts!
We are integrated systems – each part is connected to the others and impacts all of them. However, brain health is now known to powerfully influence all other systems. So here are some important ways to keep your brain healthy and in turn all other aspects of your being according to Dr. Caroline Leaf.
She recommends detoxing the brain, body and mind and I thoroughly agree. In fact detox is the first step in all my coaching, including my Today is Still the Day 7 Week Plan. The quality and foods you choose to nourish yourself with will either assist detoxification or create more toxicity. So proper nutrition is an effective first step.
She clarifies the distinction between the brain (the physical organ) and the mind and the need to detoxify the mind as well. The mind, which is also referred to as the heart, is constantly bombarded with toxic thoughts, emotions, relationships and beliefs and regularly clearing those is critical to overall health and wholeness.
Prayer and scriptural meditation is my first choice for this process. Another very effective and simple way to detoxify those negative, toxic stressors is using EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique or tapping. I practice this regularly with a decidedly Christian slant and find it to be one of the best ways to address anxiety, stress and toxic thinking.
Dr. Leaf share some other important ways to improve brain health including deep thinking, creativity and adequate, restful sleep, which is another of my 3D Living Program keys.
What steps are you intentionally taking to keep your brain as healthy as possible?
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Absolutely critical Ms. Ann. This might sound silly to you, but I believe my “brain health” can contribute to my overall physical health. If I’m rested, relatively stress free, and focused, I find the rest of my body seems to follow along much better. Oh, I’m still stiff, sore, and weak sometimes, but my mental condition does indeed affect my physical condition. Thank you for this wonderful post ma’am.
It doesn’t sound silly to me at all – I experience the very same thing and if we pay attention I think everyone could say the same. Our mind – what we think, believe and our perceptions color everything in life. Thanks Jim, for sharing.
Ann, another great article. I find the brain and gut connection facinating. I think the whole body is. When the medical field disects the body and doesn’t value the impact each part has on the whole we suffer from their “cures.”
Oh Debbie you said a mouthful! We absolutely can’t separate spirit, soul and body and overlook or ignore any one aspect of our being and be truly healthy and whole.