Meditation works to regulate the amount of the hormone cortisol that’s released into the system during times of stress. Cortisol evolves into inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines that initiate responses against inflammation and add fuel to the inflammation fire.
Yoga challenges us to open and deepen focused breath, eventually allowing us to release what we’ve been holding in and shallowly breathing through for so long. Deep breaths. Not only does relief come from the relaxation, yoga offers a free gauge of how much the body is healing and strengthening over time.
Breath, flexibility, and, most importantly, aid in regulating digestion. The deep stretching, different twists, and focused poses help by draining the lymph nodes of toxins, increasing blood flow, building muscle strength, improving posture, and supporting the regulation of adrenal glands. All of which play a part in healing inflammation, the immune system, the digestive tract, stress, and ultimately symptoms from ailments and/or diseases.
The beach, the trees, a bike, run, walk or anything that captures the activity of nature and gets you away from the noise of man. Where you can get your daily exercise in and breathe into the peace. Assisting with cutting off the cortisol drip and flushing out the toxins that weigh down our immune system.
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Roughly 10 percent of our species suffers from massive depressive disorder (MDD) each year. Another vast majority fight through undiagnosed depression every day. The last majority have worn to it at least once over the course of a lifetime. In the three main areas of the brain, depression either shrinks or swells cell function, releasing or absorbing the dangerous chemical cortisol.
Cortisol is released from the center of the brain, the hippocampus, and dispersed throughout the body. Cortisol within the hippocampus inhibits new neurons used for memory. When cortisol hits the front part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex, it shrinks the amount of memories, emotions, and decisions we can comprehend. Expanding through the last third of the brain, the amygdala, it disrupts sleep, routines, and emotional responses, ultimately evolving into sadness, depression, MDD, and suicide.
Mental illness isn’t an illness. It’s an effect of a rooted cause. Roots that also grow Autoimmune conditions. When a digestive system is unable to properly absorb nutrients the brain is deprived. Eventually wearing into a weakened mental state.
So understand, it's not your fault. It's a result, a symptom, of the underlying conditions, resolving your unresolved and keeping the right mental space for the rest of the changes.