The Brain and Limbic System

Everything you have ever felt or experienced in life has been made possible by the various functions of your brain and limbic system.  The ability to perceive, to feel emotion, and to sense your internal and external environments, is the result of the firing rate and health of your brain.  It is impossible for a person to be mentally and physiologically healthy without a healthy brain and limbic system.

The limbic system is responsible for cognitive functions such as learning, memory, emotions, planning, problem solving, and decision making, as well as the integration and coordination of these functions.  It is also responsible for regulating our sleep/wake cycles and sense of arousal.  If the limbic system is impaired or damaged as a result of acute or chronic stress, it can have a profound effect on the way a person experiences life.  Those suffering from depression can experience changes in the way they feel and engage with the world around them.  People can lose their joy, excitement, curiosity, and ability to function in society.

As human beings we don’t just see and experience our world, we have emotions and memory attached to what we see and experience.  We are bombarded every day by stress from traffic, television, radio, internet, work, and our relationships.  It has become increasing clear that how we interpret and experience our world emotionally has a profound effect our physical and mental health.  It turns out that our emotional responses to life circumstances are even more important than the circumstances themselves.  Current research has shown that 90% of most people’s thoughts are negative in nature.  Chronic activation of this system is actually damaging to the body and the brain.

Our brains and neurons are also constantly being threatened by inflammation, blood sugar imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and over stimulation from our environment.   It is a fact that in today’s society neural degeneration has created real consequences that we are now beginning to see, such as those associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  Brain and limbic system function are both incredibly plastic and can often be improved with proper nutrition and lifestyle. 

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