Food for Thought: You Are What You Think
The mind-body connection is much stronger than we think, as our thoughts and emotions stimulate the production of certain chemicals that influence our physical and emotional health. For example, serotonin and dopamine are two chemicals that our brain releases when we’re experiencing happiness or euphoria. A similar process occurs with negative emotions, but instead of making the body well, they cause pain and other ailments that prevent us from feeling healthy.
Have you ever thought about how the way you think might affect your health and body? We’re often not aware of the effects our thoughts can have on our bodies and health. We sometimes get carried away by stress, tension, anxiety, depression, haste and other negative feelings without even considering that it can affect us emotionally and physically, lowering our quality of life.
The mind-body connection is much stronger than we think, as our thoughts and emotions stimulate the production of certain chemicals that influence our physical and emotional health. For example, serotonin and dopamine are two chemicals that our brain releases when we’re experiencing happiness or euphoria. A similar process occurs with negative emotions, but instead of making the body well, they cause pain and other ailments that prevent us from feeling healthy. We can experience sore joints, low back pain, and they can cause digestive issues as well.
Without a strong digestive system, no matter what you eat, you won’t get the maximum benefit from your food. What does this mean? You may have trouble extracting and processing the physical nutrients needed for healing and supporting your body. So if you want to maximize the healing potential of food and be truly healthy, your digestive organs must be in a state of balance and function together harmoniously.
Many organs themselves depend on good digestion to run properly. If they don’t get enough Qi from the food you digest or due to a weak digestive system, one or more organs can become out of balance and impair the function of your entire digestive system.
How do we fall out of balance and harmony to begin with? While it is true that years and years of bad eating habits (like eating pints of ice cream or bags of potato chips every night) will affect your digestive system, what can be even more damaging is years and years of negative “thinking” habits!
Many people have heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” This statement about food is true, yet there is another level operating that many people are unaware of: “You are what you think.” Sometimes we feed ourselves a steady diet of negative thoughts and emotions which we then associate with our body, our mind or spirit. It’s important to know that our thoughts feed our spirit. Our emotions impact our body and health.
To support your digestive system and allow your body its maximum chance to process food normally, absorbing what it needs and letting go of what it doesn’t (including excess emotions and weight!), try ”feeding” yourself consistently with positive thoughts and emotions and let go of the negative ones! Cultivating a lifelong habit of letting go of emotional stress and negative visualization can go a long way toward creating digestive health.
When negative thoughts and emotions try to take over our lives and health, it’s very important to take a few minutes to reflect and meditate on whether it’s really something worth spending our time and energy on. Chances are that after this exercise, instead of
complaining and letting your emotions control you, you’ll want to make a change in your life and will seek solutions so negativity doesn’t rob your quality of life.
It’s been scientifically proven that positivism and good emotions (such as joy and happiness) release hormones responsible for strengthening the immune system. Similarly, it was determined that negative emotions have the opposite effect and weaken the immune system, making our bodies more prone to illness.
Being a positive person is a question of choice, good thoughts and feelings. A good dose of positivism is worth it. It improves our physical and emotional health in many ways.