Having the Power to Change Your Brain’s Chemicals

If you’re anything like me you’ll probably be pretty skeptical about anyone telling you that you can personally change your own brain’s chemicals. However, that’s exactly what I’m about to tell you and it’s totally true. The messengers of your brain, neurotransmitters, help your brain communicate with your nervous system and these same neurotransmitters are what drive everything you do! From hormone regulation to feeling emotions, your neurotransmitters are hard at work. 

It’s been proven through enough research that even our thoughts can change our brains. That’s right, you can improve your strength, your vision, and your overall health just by thinking the right thoughts to get you there. Sounds a little fishy, right? Wrong! Think a little more about the placebo effect. Sound familiar? The placebo effect has shown that when people believe they’re getting medication that is actually nothing other than a sugar pill, their outcomes improve.

That’s because of the real power of thought. Measurable physiological and cognitive outcomes can be achieved through changes in brain chemistry that result in changes to circuitry. You can train your brain to have different reactions. In the same way people can train themselves to fool a lie detector’s test by lowering reactions and responses, you can train your brain to reduce anxiety, be less fatigued, have lower reactions within your immune system, or even to elevate hormone levels. 

So, what does it all mean? Our thoughts have the power to make changes in our brain, both for the short and long terms. If we want to tap into this truly amazing gift we have, all we have to do is become aware and practice. One great example that might be overlooked is meditation. Meditation has long since been known to help make changes in the volume of grey matter while enhancing connections in the brain. 

Don’t take our word for it, give it a try!

Hampton, D. “How Your Thoughts Change Your Brain, Cells, and Genes”. The Best Brain Possible. (Website). December 2015

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