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Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Brain Has It's Reasons

By Xavier Decup

Days are decreasing, as is the sunlight now that winter has come. During this time of the year, it is common to feel less happy, to feel less energy in our body and in our mind. The cold weather perturbs our health and we struggle to fight the tiredness and bugs. We start to have more soreness in different parts of the body. Sleep and other main functions of the body are affected. The usual explanation is the lack of sunlight during winter time affecs the level of serotonin. This molecule affects the mood and is one of the four main elements of the brain’s biochemistry.

What if the brain is the key? We usually forget that it is the mastermind of the body. The rest of the body is literally connected to the brain by the spinal cord. Everything starts from the brain and spreads through the nerves in the whole body. It is like a computer dealing with different software. The ability of this software to run depends on the heart of the computer. Having a good computer means having a high speed processor (the heart of the computer), that allows very fast exchange of information. Our body is the same. We need the brain to exchange information with the rest of the body in an easy and fast way in order to process the millions of functions. 


The brain is made of billions of neuron cells. They communicate with each other by electricity and chemicals called neurotransmitters. The four main chemicals in the brain are serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine and GABA. The more balanced these chemicals are, the more the brain is able to maintain the health in the body. Unfortunately, stress, poor food and age are aggravating factors of unbalanced levels of neurotransmitters. Optimising the capacity and use of these chemicals is key for protecting our body from all these little disorders we suffer from in winter time. There are different ways to improve the function of the brain, such as medication, diet and supplements. 

The brain biochemistry defines the personality! 
Our natural dominant neurotransmitter is one of the components which make up our personality. The more our natural neurotransmitters are missing, the more our body struggles to fit with our way of life. Sometimes we can have a lack of other neurotransmitters (not the dominant one), that shows a different pattern of disorders. The treatment must be adequate to the symptoms and the personality. 

If you want to have a better idea of your nature, try the Dr Braverman Test (you can  find it on internet)

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