We often discount when we fall off the curb, bump our head getting into the car, or feel those muscle spasms that appear and then go away quickly. But multiply those incidents by your age and you will come up with a number well into the thousands, a number that is the amount of minor trauma your body has taken and still kept ticking. Minor to major distortions of the body’s joints lead to disruptions of the nervous system. The nervous system is what allows your brain to make your body’s decisions a reality. Posture changes, tight muscles, ringing ears and so on are all signs that your body is not aging gracefully but instead is losing its battle.
When we are under stress our emotions activate neurons that signal the body to release hormones. Depending on the amount and length of stress we are under, our bodies can become stuck in go-mode. The longer our systems stay in this perpetual state of action, the faster we burn through our reserves and the quicker we become exhausted.
If we stay in this state too long, we reprogram our neurons so that the negative emotions we feel under stressful times are easier to recreate. If left unchecked, we feel a constant state of frustration.
Your gut and brain are the same tissue for the first 45 days after conception. Your brain splits off and creates the nervous system; your gut creates the enteric nervous system. The enteric nervous system makes 90% of the chemicals that your brain uses. As a result, your brain’s ability to make decisions is influenced by the food you put in your mouth.
As the adage reads, garbage in equals garbage out.
There are more and more chemicals being used in our foods, lotions, cleaning products, soaps and so on. These chemicals influence our hunger and affect what we like and dislike. Unfortunately, this is done by altering our hormonal system, which can lead to moodiness, weight gain, difficulty in concentration, and heightened emotions.
Your environment affects your mental and physical health. Understanding your environment and your stressors can illuminate strategies toward general well-being.