Connection Between Emotional & Physical Health
The body is an amazing thing. It’s responsible for releasing various chemicals in response to emotions. The release of serotonin, dopamine, or oxytocin results in an uplifting emotion and positive sensation in the body. Whereas, an experience of stress will cause the brain to instruct the release of cortisol and the body’s response will be one of urgency or fear.
Emotional stress, either short or long-term can have profound physical effects on the body. A range of illnesses can be attributed to emotions such as grief, anxious feelings and overwhelming dark feelings of despair. These emotions can take a toll on the immune system, cells, tissues and organs.
Embedded in the surface of the cell membrane are protein molecules known as receptors. These receptors face outward and continuously scan for, communicate with, and solicit needed chemicals that exist outside the cell.
These chemicals then attach to receptors, distribute information, and produce biochemical responses within the cell. The binding chemical called a ligand, and is classified as a “messenger molecule” because it sends information to cells that will influence the cell’s development and function. A ligand can be a neurotransmitter, hormone, pharmaceutical drug, toxins, parts of a virus, or a neuropeptide used by neurons to communicate with each other.
There are actually two types of ligands, they are endogenous and exogenous. Endogenous ligans, such as serotonin, are produced in the body and can have an impact on emotions. Exogenous ligands are substances that are introduced into the body and have a similar effect. They too are messenger molecules and can come from a variety of sources such as medications or essential oils.
Messages of Emotions
The hypothalamus is the control and command center of the brain. It converts mental thoughts and emotions into hundreds of different types of ligands, specifically neuropeptides. The emotions triggered by a perceived threat are powerful and initiate the release of specific messenger molecule chemicals which attach to certain receptor sites of cells and affect cell function. What the hypothalamus “believes to be true” determines what the “factory” produces, and chemical production begins. Neuropeptides affect our chemistry, and our chemistry affects our biology.
Okay, enough of that science talk! The bottom line is, emotions trigger cell activity! The proper or improper functioning of your cells determines the state of your health.
I’ll be back next week to discuss the Scent Alarm and just how powerfully it influences our body’s thoughts, emotions, moods memories and behaviors.
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