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BodyMind Health

Genetics determine our blue-print, but can be influenced by the
kind of foods we eat, exercise we do, friends we keep, sleep,
activities and goals we set for ourselves. Our own free will may be
the strongest force directing the development of our brains and
our lives. Our brain is plastic and resilient, always eager to learn.
Bodymind, a term coined by Dianne Connelly, acknowledges
that the body cannot be separated from the mind. The mind
can be defined by brain-cell communication, a concept that
can be extended to the entire body. Every one of our systems
is designed to communicate with another through neural,
hormonal, gastrointestinal and immune networks via peptides
and messenger-specific peptide receptors. Neuropeptides and
receptors, the biochemicals of our emotions carry information that
links the major systems of our body. Emotions are the cellular signals
that process and transform matter into physical reality. What does
this mean to our health?
According to Candace Pert, who wrote Molecules of
Emotion, viruses use the same receptors to enter the cells as
neuropeptides, so depending on how much of the peptide is
available for a particular receptor to bind to, the virus will have
an easier or harder time entering the cell. Similarly our emotions
will affect our susceptibility to a viral infection. This explains why
one person will get sicker than another if exposed to the same
loading dose of virus. The rheovirus, responsible for viral colds, uses
the norepinephrine receptor to enter the cell. This is one of the
same neurochemicals responsible for the flow of happiness. So if
you are happy, the rheovirus cannot enter the cell because the
norepinephrine blocks all the potential virus receptors. Health is not
just about expressing happy emotions, but also allowing the safe
expression of honest emotions.
Natural nutrition for the brain includes a healthy diet, exercising,
positive thinking, stress management, a good multivitamin and a
fish oil supplement daily. There are a number of supplements both
herbal and nutritional that can be taken to alleviate ADHD, anxiety
and depression, memory disorders and insomnia, just to name a
few. The herbs most useful for the brain include Bacopa monniera
which supports memory and decreases anxiety. Ginkgo biloba is
an excellent antioxidant that enhances circulation, memory and
concentration. Centella asiatica is one of my favourites, used
for resilience, improving adaptation response to stress, mental
function and lowering anxiety. On the nutritional front decreasing
inflammation in the body and working the bodies detoxification
pathways can make all the difference to our metabolism and
brain function. Amino acids form the crux of treatment, combined
with other substances such as 5-HTP, SAMe, B vitamins, Grape seed
extract, melatonin and DHEA chosen to treat specific conditions.
Great foods for the brain include antioxidant blueberries, avoiding
environmental pollutants, use green cleaning products and
removing any artificial colourants, flavourants and chemicals from
your diet. Cleaning up the diet and eating a protein rich diet that
includes some carbohydrates and good fats is one of the quickest
and easiest ways to improve mood, energy, focus and vitality.
Alongside maintaining and treating your body, finding your
personal synchrony in life is the key to a healthy brain. The act
of pursuing your passion, keeping your brain in a state of flow,
change, confirmation and anticipation is the best prescription for
your troubles, reducing any fragility, noise, self-doubt or stagnation.
Wishing you a healthy, focused and vibrant 2012.

Dr Carla Boswell
Phytotherapist – House of Holistic Health
70 Barnet Street, Gardens, 8001
021-465-2870

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