Did you know your thoughts affect how much fat you burn while you’re at work?… or how much muscle gain you get from your gym workouts?… or how your blood sugar is regulated after a meal? Did you know your thoughts can change your brain, your cells and your genes? How about your ability to develop, – or on the flip side, heal from – disease?
A growing body of evidence tells us there’s more to health than diet, exercise, and supplements. The mind-body connection is getting so much press these days it’s getting hard to ignore!
Are you experiencing poor health, feel like you’ve addressed diet and lifestyle changes, and still haven’t achieved the outcome you want? Then it might be time to consider what’s knockin’ around inside that melon of yours!
How exactly do thoughts affect your health?
Want proof that thoughts affect your physiology?
Here’s a quick’n’easy experiment you can try at home.
Close your eyes and imagine a lemon on a cutting board. Then imagine cutting it in half, juice dripping onto your cutting board as you slice. Next, imagine cutting one of those halves into quarters and taking one of the quarters up to your mouth. You bite deep into the flesh and wrap your lips around the peel making a big yellow smile, sucking in that bitter juice. Or you could visualise taking that mega lemon hit at the end of a Tequila shot 😉
Science agrees! Thoughts affect your health.
No doubt you’ve heard of the placebo effect; “…a beneficial effect produced by a placebo drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment”.
….. and if you want better results at the gym, then maybe it’s your brain you need to push?
In 2008, an Italian study investigated the effect of placebo on the performance of the quadriceps muscle.  A placebo was given to participants under the guise that it was a high dose of caffeine. Subjects who received the placebo experienced increased performance and lowered muscle fatigue. Wouldn’t you love to get more out of your gym session just by believing you could do more..?
The role of thoughts and beliefs on healing from disease.
Does this mean you can use the power of thought to heal yourself from disease, too?
The answer is a resounding YES!
What can I do if I’m thinking unhelpful thoughts?
If you’ve got a busy mind that doesn’t default to rainbows, sunshine and unicorns, don’t worry – you’re not alone! The good news is, you can rewire your brain with a little bit of practice.
- Meditation will help to calm your thoughts and your nervous system, but is best done regularly.
- Straw breathing is a technique that reduces anxiety and increases feelings of relaxation. (Who can’t spare 4 minutes?)
- Therapy has shown to rewire the brain. In fact over 20 studies have been published that show structural and functional changes in the brain for patients receiving psychotherapy.
- Using affirmations daily will create new, more positive habitual thoughts in the areas you want improvement in.
- Create a gratitude journal, and reap the many benefits of focusing on all the great stuff going on in your life.
Assess your social and psychological environment. Do you have unhealthy relationships that need to end? Do you need to change your career path so you’re doing something you love? Want more support in general? Decide what needs to change and make a to-do list for yourself. Set small goals and work on it a little each day. When you surround yourself with supportive people and you’re spending more time doing what you love, you’re bound to think healthier thoughts!
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Our thoughts are powerful! What are your thoughts doing for your health?
Before you ask… sorry, NO, you can’t think an extra pineapple into your wallet…
(or can you?..)
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