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How Your Left Brain & Right Brain Function

Roger W. Sperry won the Nobel Prize in 1960 for his findings about brain lateralization, which eventually led to the idea of left-brain and right-brain personalities. He suggested everyone has one dominant side or hemisphere of their brain that determines personality, thoughts, and behavior.

After all, people are either left-handed or right-handed. Why shouldn’t they also be left-brained or right-brained?

In other words, people have a personality, thinking style, or way of doing things that is either right-brained or left-brained.  While later research questioned that theory, one certainty remains: Stress can damage your brain and body.

How To Reverse Stress Damage To Your Brain Function

The good news is that even if you’ve struggled with chronic stress and its impact on your brain, you can reverse that damage and cultivate a healthy, vibrant brain. Once a stress experience ends, your brain can recover.

A positive mindset becomes an excellent foundation to better manage stress and its damaging effects on your brain. Shifting into an authentic feeling of gratitude and optimism can reduce the impact of worry, anxiety, and stress. Some ways to do that include:

  • Keep a gratitude journal. Spend five minutes in the morning and evening writing what you’re most grateful for.
  • Close your eyes and breathe deeply for one minute to several minutes.
  • Meditate.
  • Do yoga.
  • Practice mindfulness.

When you find ways to maintain that positive mindset, your brain recovers more quickly from stress. Other ways to reduce the impact of stress on your brain and sustain that positive mindset include:

  • Following the Core or Advanced Nutrition plans with Max Living
  • Getting the right nutrients
  • Getting the right exercise
  • Making time for sleep
  • Minimizing toxic exposure
  • Maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system.

That foundation, combined with fostering a positive mindset to better manage your stress response, can support a healthy, happy brain.

The Brain Benefits of Meditation

Scientific research has shown that meditation has many benefits for your well-being, including:

  • Increasing your ability to withstand stress
  • Making you feel more rested
  • Helping to relieve and reduce pain
  • Lowering your blood pressure
  • Increasing your immunity
  • Greater life experience!

What’s more, regular practice over time can literally change the structure of our brains so that we are able to experience more positive emotion. That’s called neuroplasticity.

Why You Aren’t Functioning and Healing

If you are not functioning and healing at your full potential it is because there is interference to that healing power.  Your brain communicates 100% health and healing to your body every second of every day for your entire life.  That healing power is communicated to your body and back to the brain again through your nervous system.

It is your nervous system that regulates the function and health of your body and your body will heal itself from the inside every single time.  No matter what you have going on, how long it has been there, what you have been told or what you believe, this healing power is inside of you right now and has the ability to heal your body and restore your health.

Understanding and trusting this principle will change the way you view and manage health forever. 

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