Many people are only aware of one of their brains, but scientists have established that humans actually have three brains: the head, the heart, and the gut.
The first, what we’re usually referring to when we talk about the brain, is the one in our heads – master of psychological processes like thinking and perception.
Next is the the heart – the little, or moral, brain. This is where we process emotions, it’s why we say things like “follow your heart.”
Finally, we have the gut brain, where the majority of neurotransmitters are created. It helps keep us safe. The gut is both responsible for immune health and where our instincts lie. Consider the phrase “go with your gut.”
These three parts of the body have their own nervous systems and can process information to adapt – that’s how they become categorized as brains.
“It’s only by honouring these three brains of the body that we can overcome mental health challenges and achieve optimal health,” explains Dr. Khosroshahi, ND at Align.
Here are some of the ways you can improve your brain health:
Did you know we offer reflexology at the clinic? Reflexologists believe certain points on the body reflect – or reflex – other parts. Applying focused pressure to these points on the hands and feet affects the nerves, sending signals to other parts of the body.
While GYROTONIC exercise is popularly used as a cross-training exercise for athletes or individuals who work in strenuous and physical jobs, it’s health benefits extend to anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability.
Feeling constipated or strained with bowel movements? Do you frequently need to urinate or find urination uncomfortable? Is sexual intercourse painful? Are you suffering from ongoing discomfort in your pelvic region or lower back that can’t be explained by other causes?
Have you heard of “tennis elbow” before?
It’s characterized by pain or soreness in the muscles and tendons around the forearm and elbow. It’s also one of the most common injuries we see here at the clinic every spring as the weather warms up and people get back to their favourite outdoor activities and sports.
While we’re often led to believe that brain health naturally declines as we age, Align’s Dr. Cindy Heavener has spent much of her 30-year-career as a chiropractor helping patients understand that it doesn’t have to be this way.
A nutritious diet is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. The food we eat not only fuels our bodies, it also provides essential nutrients needed to maintain healthy body functions and enable our innate healing abilities.
Good nutrition combined with exercise can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic disease or illness, and promote your overall health and wellness.
But what does “good nutrition” really mean?
Family is one of our core values at Align Health Centre. We consider everyone who walks through our doors – from our staff and practitioners to you, our practice members – part of the Align family.
As part of our family, we’re here to help ensure everyone you love and care for is engaged in their health. Living a healthy lifestyle is essential at any phase in life and it’s never too early (or too late) to get started.
The excitement of the new year has come and gone, and with it, some of you may have noticed your motivation to stick to those resolutions you vowed to accomplish back on January 1st beginning to wane as well.