Mind/Body Power, Pt. 1: Are Your Thoughts Killing You?

Many of our great scientists, doctors and metaphysicians have helped us to understand this irrefutable connection of the mind and body and, in short, how your state of mind directly affects your state of health. For example, we now know that the brain operates much like a highly-sophisticated chemistry set, releasing precision dosages of “drugs” according to our own unconscious instruction. We release toxic amounts of adrenaline when stressed or scared and invigorating dosages of interleukins when exhilarated. This just happens, whether we are aware of it or not. So part of the Rock-Solid approach to Mind/Body wellness is to cultivate simple lifestyle practices where we consciously increase the flow of the “good” chemicals and decrease the flow of the “bad.”

In fact, the “bad” chemicals that are released when we are stressed, angry, depressed, etc., have a derogatory affect on our health in six key areas:

1. General health – Stress is the most prevalent non-nutritional contributor to the dangerously high levels of acidity in the blood stream that most people walk around with. (As mentioned earlier, the high-acid internal environment remains one of the single biggest factors to most any form of ailment, sickness or disease.)

2. Heart rate – Stress or stressful emotions can elevate our heart rate and blood pressure.

3. Digestion problems – The release of these harmful chemicals and the subsequent bodily reactions that they cause impede proper digestion on a number of fronts (including the restriction of blood flow to the digestive organs).

4. Degeneration of soft tissue – They are even finding that these chemicals undermine the health of our soft tissues.

5. Age-related memory loss – Heightened amounts of cortisol are released into the bloodstream when we’re stressed, and this can have toxic effects on the good ol’ hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that processes memory.

6. Body fat – Likewise, these heightened amounts of cortisol have been linked to the storage of body fat, especially the inter-abdominal fat around the belly. (To be clear, unnatural amounts of cortisol zipping through your bloodstream doesn’t make you fat, but it can make the job of losing excess body fat more difficult.)

For these very compelling reasons, our thoughts truly can be toxic. So let’s take a deep breath and look for ways to resolve stressful situations and disempowering emotions. More on that next time.

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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2 Responses to Mind/Body Power, Pt. 1: Are Your Thoughts Killing You?

  1. Lisamarie says:

    You know some of these topics are ones I’d kind of like to post on the bulletin board in our breakroom at work.
    Can we print these weblogs, or is that considered a copyright issue?
    If you’d rather I not print them I understand, and I won’t unless I get permission from you, Bobby. Just wondering.

  2. Bobby Rock says:

    Feel free to post whatever you want…just include the source (https://bobbyrock.wordpress.com) at the bottom of each one.

    Thanks much…

    BR

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