A Healthier, Happier Brain
I certainly hope so because if your right brain is dominant over your left brain, you will be healthier, happier, and probably will live longer. There really are 2 brains. The left hemisphere of the brain is mostly logical, factual, and detail-oriented. The right brain is mostly feeling, emotion and imagination. When left brain activity is greater, it puts us in a state of sympathetic dominance, “flight or fight”. This results in stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, high blood pressure, lowered sex drive and much more. When we spend too much time on left-brain activities like computing, texting, video games, Sudoku, watching TV, etc., it can actually lead to right brain dysfunction. WOW! This is huge. My dad used to say that watching TV would rot your brain. It turns out – he was right. Our Western world (especially the U.S.) discriminates against the right hemisphere. Left brain learning blocks our ability to see the whole picture. It keeps us from being creative and “present” in our lives. We need more right brain activity to balance our brains and stay healthy. So, to get into your right mind, do more of the following: Go out and play. That’s right, you need to go out and play. You need more social interactions and laughter. It should be fun for you. It doesn’t work if I tell you what to do, but here are some ideas: Ride a bike, dance, plant a garden, go for a walk with a friend, sing (even if you are bad), have a girls night out, a boys night out, play with a puppy, play with a baby, play twister, or cook a nice meal with someone you enjoy.
The other critical part of keeping your brain balanced is to see a chiropractor. When your spine is subluxated (misaligned) it causes interference to your nervous system which leads you to become sympathetic dominant. This keeps you in a stressed “fight or flight” state. This stress response leads to elevated cortisol levels, weight gain, sleep loss, and eventually adrenal fatigue. Chiropractors are trained to carefully analyze the spine for subluxations and distortions. If we find subluxations, we gently adjust the spine to correct them, which allows for normal, healthy nerve flow. The body then returns to a state of parasympathetic dominance, which keeps you in healing and repairing mode, instead of a stressed state. When your nervous system is functionally at optimal, it allows for the body and brain to be balanced and at ease. This is especially critical for normal childhood development. We now know that a spine should be maintained from birth and that early detection and correction are essential for the proper development of a child’s spine and nervous system.
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