Wholly Fit: Understanding Physical And Mental Wellness
We are always engrossed with the idea that we wanted to be in control. At least, that’s what we think our brain is telling the body. Our thoughts may influence our body in some ways and mutually, but that’s not always the case. In fact, our body does some activities that the brain can’t interfere with. The body sometimes wants to be free and decide for itself, especially if it’s for our wellness.
Physical and mental wellness is necessary for us to be fit. Just like how they send each other signals to know how each should be functioning, feeling, or naturally solving the problems with the help of one another. The brain and the body do not exist for itself alone but work as a team.
The Body Can Controls Itself
Not all WILL agree, but our body can think for itself. Not everything that the body does is controlled by the brain. Imagine your brain commanding your heart, “Hey stop pumping out blood.” Will your heart follow? No.
The same way that it can never control our heart from beating or our stomach from digesting our food.
Heart Cause The Brain To Make Movements
In one of the newest researches done by Stanford University, they found how the heart cause some actions in the brain. With the use of their latest technology, amplified MRI (combination of pulsometer, MRI, and an algorithm which was developed by people at MIT), researchers were able to observe the brain closely. It revealed the small motion in the brain up close as the blood is pumped in.
Brain And Body Connection
For a moment, you may be able to hold your breathing if the brain wants to. You may be able to prevent yourself from going to the toilet for a while. But can your brain boss your body to do that for long? Of course not. In fact, the longer you try to control such bodily activities the more pain or ache you will feel, the more your body will suffer. And then you’ll get sick and be dead.
The brain and body are connected, that each can influence one another, either in a positive or negative way.
Our brain may be up there but does not work alone. The brain does the thinking, process things, and make decisions. But it can change the decision made, the thoughts that had been processed depending on several external factors and the information the body is feeding it.
The body will never make it on its own, neither does the brain. The body and the brain need one another to perform their responsibilities flawlessly. No one should be in control. Each must positively influence and support one another. Very much like when you are in a relationship. No one should be above the other or else it would be chaos.
When The Brain Boss Around
Sweets are addictive. Frequently putting too many sweets into our mouth can affect our brain, very similar to how recreational drugs like cocaine and meth produce so much dopamine that makes us feel good, euphoric, and blissful. And because sugar ingested causes the brain to produce more dopamine that makes the body feel good, the body would want more. But the feel-good thing is just a temporary emotion. For when the imbalance in the production of dopamine occurs in the brain, it could cause negative moods like anxiety, irritability, and even cravings.
With too much sugar, our body can experience a sugar crash. That then could result not just in anxiety, but a worse medical condition such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more. And all this is related to the unhealthy diet.
Changing Your Thinking Pattern Can Help Change Eating Habit
You need to recognize that whatever it is that you put in your mouth, affects your thoughts, then your emotions, and that could jeopardize your health.
Thinking that having a planned diet will be beneficial for your health, and following it, eating healthy foods, and sticking to it can greatly affect your emotion and your cravings. Once the cravings for unhealthy food is cut off, anxiety, depression, and other negative feelings will lessen until it’s gone and is replaced only by positive ones.
If we change what we are feeding our body, then our mind would change the way it thinks. If we change our perspective on things, the body will adapt, thus, developing positive habits.