There is common thread running through these symptoms: a lack of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is one of more than 40 neurotransmitters found throughout the nervous system. It is intimately tied to our sense of well-being.
It turns out that taking a walk really does make a difference. However, what science is discovering is the key to releasing stress is walking in areas that have a natural setting with trees, grass, plants, shrubs, and/or green areas. Studies in both Japan and Finland found that people who walked in a natural, woodland setting experienced lower heart rates, lower blood pressure, and less anxiety.
In my practice, I have personally provided neurofeedback to aid patients suffering from lack of focus or concentration, distractibility, memory problems, and other symptoms associated with chemo brain.
Both the brain stem and the hypothalamus have sleep-promoting cells which produce a chemical called GABA in response to decreasing light and approaching darkness to help us fall asleep. GABA inhibits our level of arousal.
N3 is our Delta wave sleep of .5 to 3 HZ. We are now deeply asleep. All systems of the brain involved with wakefulness have been inhibited.
Still can’t sleep? Remember the neurochemicals GABA and Melatonin? They are both available as supplements. One of the best, natural sleep aid supplements I have found is called Sleep Science NightRest, from a company called Source Naturals.
I am aware that keeping a journal is a powerful tool toward self-discovery, yet, I have never been able to get started and stick with it. However, I have recently discovered a different kind of journal. It is a five-year journal.
Part 2 of a 3-Part Series Last week, we began a three-part series. Click here to read the first entry. This week, we conquer an important health habit — a healthy diet! Loving ourselves requires thinking… Read more “Becoming Your Own Best Friend: Healthy Diet”
What about what we take into our bodies? Smoking, alcohol to excess, street drugs, overuse of prescription drugs, and diets of fast food, sugary drinks, candy, fatty foods, and junk food are all things scientifically proven to be harmful.
Anna Gillingham, a gifted educator and psychologist, who mastered language, began working with Dr. Orton to help him develop instructional materials and strategies. So began the Orton-Gillingham method, still considered the gold standard for teaching reading.