Whatcha Thinkin?

You know I remember asking my dad starting around the time I was a teenager, as he poured over papers and papers of long division (he was figuring out the costs of running his business), whatcha doing, whatcha thinkin? I always thought he was an amazing man, self made, built his business from scratch with a grade 9 education. As I would ask this of him and ask him about his success – he would usually comment, “Well kiddo, I was just in the right place at the right time, and I wish I had more than sawdust for brains.”

I never really got what he meant and now I know he wasn’t really in “just the right place at the right time – although he thought so – the Laws that be – attracted to him his desire. But the Sawdust for brains comments always made me curious. I guess my dad just wished he were ‘smarter’. Then the time came where his mind did start to go….. the dementia and memory loss set in….. and as complicated as a dis-ease such as Alzheimer’s is, I now realize how much the health of our bodies affects the health of our brains and vice verse. The Cigarettes and Alcohol certainly did not help his cause either.

I would like to share with you vital information on the Brain and how it works. If your Brain is not ‘firing’ those messages properly to your body is it any wonder why your body may not be functioning optimally.

Brain Chemistry

For 90% of dieters, a deficiency in one of four key brain chemicals can trigger weight gain, fatigue, and stress. The key to losing weight doesn’t lie in deprivation diets; it lies in balancing our neurochemicals. Many nutritionists and advanced practitioners are focusing on how the brain affects our health.

1. Dopamine controls metabolism
2. Acetylcholine regulates fat storage
3. GABA curbs emotional eating
4. Serotonin influences appetite.

When these primary brain chemicals are balanced, our bodies are more able to lose those unwanted pounds.
How DOPAMINE impacts personality

Dopamine regulates activity in the frontal lobe, the area of the brain that governs communication, motivation and the ability to experience pleasure. Deficits of this chemical have been linked to psychological symptoms like social anxiety, self-criticism, procrastination or difficulty maintaining relationships. But once deficiencies of this chemical are corrected, women often feel more energetic, sociable and confident.

How ACETYLCHOLINE impacts personality

Acetylcholine influences activity in the parietal lobe, the area of the brain responsible for processing sensory information, learning, memory and awareness. Insufficient levels of this chemical can cause attributes like forgetfulness, difficulty prioritizing tasks and an inability to relate to others. But as acetylcholine deficits are corrected, most women experience increased mental clarity, greater creativity, quicker thinking and improved empathy.

How GABA impacts personality

GABA is the primary neurotransmitter in the temporal lobe, the area of the brain that governs perception, attention, speech and motions. Low levels of this chemical have been linked to psychological symptoms such as insecurity, anxiety, excessive worrying, fear of new experiences, poor concentration and lock of impulse control, explains. But as GABA shortfalls are corrected, women regain calmness, dependability and objectivity.

How SEROTONIN impacts personality

Primarily produced within the occipital lobe, the area of the brain that regulates sight, serotonin is associated with mood, ambition, decision making and the ability to experience pleasure. Research in the journal Science suggests that low levels of this brain chemical can cause psychological symptoms like depression, impulsivity, suspiciousness, shortsightedness or aggressiveness. Fortunately, increasing levels of serotonin quickly improves confidence, restores rationality and boosts feelings of happiness.

This resource is from Maria Emmerich you can find her at www.marianutrition.com

A great place to get help if you are wanting to find out exactly what your body is needing or lacking. Get a referral from a friend or online to a local reputable Naturopath. Or if you are blessed to have a very good GP start a discussion with him or her and see what you can do to help yourself clear up the cobwebs in the mind.

To Your Abundant and Healthy Life

Mona McClelland
Personal Empowerment and Health Coach Specialist

One Response to “Whatcha Thinkin?”

  1. Rolandwjiuce says:

    Very inspiring site:)

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