The Brain Regulates the Body to Heal Itself
Your body can heal itself when your brain is able to regulate sleep, digest, immunity, detoxification, and hormones. This can occur with a little help from the outside with nutrition and from internal methods like meditation and movement. Positioning of the teeth and jaws can have an enormous impact on the brain and nervous system.
There is a lot attention on hormones like thyroid and “adrenal fatigue” but these hormonal problems are largely symptoms of what the brain tells it to do. Adrenal glands are signaled by the pituitary gland, which is commanded by the hypothalamus gland in the brain that receives its signals from the nervous system about stresses in the environment or from the imagination of the brain.
Most people with “adrenal fatigue” have overactive adrenal glands that produce too much of the stress hormone cortisol. With high coritsol you may feel like you constantly have to do something. This is called sympathetic overdrive or the body being in “fight or flight mode” rather than resting. It’s a bit like too much coffee, temporary energy. “Boosting your adrenals” because you are tired is not the deeper solution. Even if adrenals are weak on a hormone saliva test, it is still a symptom. The brain and nervous system have to balance to turn on self-healing. With a balanced brain there are fewer unnecessary stress hormones and more sleep hormones, growth hormones, sex hormones, and feel good hormones like oxytocin.
The brain balances two parts of the autonomic nervous system: the sympathetic nervous system that responds to stress to survive, yet can get carried away, and the parasympathetic that is responsible for rest and restorative functions mentioned above that create deep long lasting energy. Calming the stress response in the nervous system can be key for healing other root causes of diseases like toxicity, infection, and digestion.
While you must try to remove external stressors, you sometimes must teach the brain to not over-react and stop reacting even when the stress is gone but in the imagination. Stress can also be a physical habit stored as muscle tension, for example.
See my page on Adrenal Fatigue
Move for "freedom from fear and reactivity,"
Martial arts champion, Scott Sonnon.
5 Ways to Balance Your Brain
You have to do all of the 5 ways that are relevant to you for a complete solution.
Movement & Meditation
Sometimes there is nothing like exercise or meditation to relax immediately and for long term health.
An active meditation like chanting AUM or OM is thought to active a key pathway of the parasympathetic nervous system, the vagus nerve, which regulates organs.
Light movement like chi gong or yoga can move “energy” and balance the nervous system or brain. Yoga movements, for example, can stretch the muscles and the lining around them called the fascia—that clear film you see on a chicken breast. The fascia is thought to be where the chi energy moves as manipulated by acupuncturists that can profoundly balance and relax a person. You can also balance your energy yourself as many people have testified that chi gong or yoga have changed their lives.
Movement and exercise should often be light to moderate to avoid it becoming another stress that raises cortisol and makes you gain weight even if you think you are burning calories. It’s not about simple chemistry, it’s about how your body regulates its response systemically.
Crowding teeth, overbite, under bite, tempo-mandibular, joint pain, obstructive sleep apnea—all are all aspects of orthodontic problems that can affect the brain and nervous system as a whole by throwing you into the stressful state.
Most orthodontic problems involve an underdeveloped upper palate that leaves less room for teeth to fit-in straight. A small palate also leaves less room for the airway to breathe, a major cause of obstructive sleep apnea. An underdeveloped palate also constrains the cranial bones and spine behind it, which can stress the body to the point of creating sympathetic nervous system overdrive, the constantly stressed-out state.
Few people know that many posture problems have an origin in the mouth. When the teeth don’t fit together properly there can be “postural collapse” characterized by a forward head posture, rounded shoulders and back, forward hips, and more. It’s not just from sitting at a desk all day.
There are many cases of correcting the orthodontic problem with rapidly gained benefits just by placing the lower jaw in the right position, even before the palate is expanded. These include relief of pain, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, and posture problems. There are some mostly do-it-yourself methods using your own tongue and mouth guard type appliances that you can use at a low cost.
Emotional sources of stress are the most obvious: the person who is bothering you right now. There is also your reaction to the immediate stress which may be exaggerated based on negative beliefs or triggers of past emotional experiences from childhood that you can’t even remember. These can be identified and cleared using techniques like the Emotion Code that I have used successfully to feel better immediately and create more positive results in life once the negative emotions are reduced.
Removing allergenic and energy draining foods reduces stress and increases mood and energy immediately. Eating to increase energy and mood increases confidence and helps stress responses.
Lower stress hormones like cortisol through the correct timing of meals. Meal timing regulates the key master hormone leptin, which has become famous for weight loss but does much more.
Repairing the gut especially with probiotics helps the brain directly, and a third kind of nervous system called the enteric nervous system that is integral to brain functioning.
Light and Sleep Cycles
Establish a natural circadian rhythm that follows daylight. Reduce night-time light exposure that suppresses melatonin. Get sun at optimum times. The sun is the ultimate source of energy, it provides much more that vitamin D. Learn methods of using sunlight to energize and feel peaceful.
Light is much more important than you think and there is newly emerging information about how light and circadian rhythms are the ultimate regulators of the brain.