Which are you engaging – the upper or the lower brain?

Last Update: June 20, 2018 at 11:44 am

SOURCE:  NFTS Host Dr Holly

DATE:  January 10, 2018


Which are you engaging – the upper or the lower brain?

Western medicine has always promoted that the skull brain was in charge and was where the mind resided. However, that has not always been the case. Even in Western medicine and psychology, the mind still leaves us with huge questions: what is the mind; where is the mind located; is the mind localized or non-localized; how does it work; what impacts it; how does it impact us; and so many more questions are still unanswered.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, different aspects of the mind are associated with different organs or systems in the body. In Ayurveda medicine, the mind is not localized to the brain but rather in the heart and the energetic field around and through the body.

In today’s world, research is not only questioning where the mind is but to what extent the skull brain is in control. For instance, there is a brain in the heart. And, the gut has a tremendous impact on the whole body. In the last decade, we will focus on the tremendous amount of research regarding what is now called the “gut brain”.

When exploring the “gut brain”, we can go even further and question who is in charge? Is it us or the bacteria and other aspects in our gut? We have now identified over 35,000 species of microbiota that reside in the gut. There are 10 times more of them than of our own cells – in the gut alone. Many in Western medicine science are now referring to it as the “forgotten organ”, but all the different REAL medicine healing modalities have recognize the huge importance of the gut for 1000s of years.

We now know that the gut microbiota can do a wide variety of things:

  • Produce neurotransmitters like GABA
  • Produce amino acids – protein building blocks
  • Produce enzymes that help metabolize our food
  • Produce a variety of precursors so that we can create various nutrients
  • Produce a variety of nutrients like some of the B vitamins and vitamin K
  • Play important interdependent roles with our Immune System
  • Play important roles in keeping pathogenic micro-organisms under control
  • Help digest various foods that the stomach and small intestine cannot, i.e., complex carbs; fermentation of non-soluble fibers into SCFA
  • Protect the lining of the small and large intestine
  • Interact with your DNA
  • Interact with your nervous system – used to be thought that 90% of the Vagus Nerve (10th Cranial Nerve) information travelled from the skull brain to the gut brain – not it is recognized that it is the other way around!!!

In fact, it is now realized that the ‘gut brain’ can affect us through the immune system, the nervous system, the cardio-vascular system, the hormonal system and our DNA. And the ‘gut brain’ can affect our thoughts, emotions and behaviors!!!

So, the questions you might ask are:

  • Are you being driven by your skull brain or your gut brain?
  • Who is really in charge, you or the microbiota
  • How are they affecting our DNA, our health with issues like cholesterol, diabetes, weight, thyroid, sleep and of course, our thoughts, our emotions, our behavior

Scientists today are questioning which brain is really in charge. So much of what we believed was governed by the skull brain has now been challenged and is recognized as being directed by the gut brain.

What we can do until all the 1001 questions are answered, is feed the gut healthy pre and probiotics to support the good guys.

Probiotic foods:

  • Fermented and pickled foods
  • Yogurt without sugar or fruit
  • Cabbage foods: soup, coleslaw, sauerkraut, kimchi
  • Kombucha
  • Don’t eat the soy unless it is organic – 92% of it GMO

Prebiotic foods:

  • Fiber foods like apples, cabbage, carrots, etc

Choose well to be healthy for 2018



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