The Mind-Body Connection

Dr. Hilary Taglio joins us again to share tips on the body-mind connection.  What are you filling your mind with?

“Your body is an absolute mirror of your mind. As you worry, your body shows it. As you love, your body shows it. As you are overwhelmed, your body shows it. As you are angry your body shows it. Every cell of your body is being allowed or resisted by the way you feel.” -Abraham Hicks

The mind and body are not separate. Akram Alashari, MD, at the University of Florida, affirms the mind-body connection. “In response to emotions and feelings, the endocrine system secretes hormones and the nervous system releases neurotransmitters, which affect every organ system,” he explains. “Worry, anxiety, depression, and any negative stress response lead to deleterious effects such as immune system suppression.” Stress raises heart rate, cholesterol and blood pressure, causes abdominal fat to accumulate and increases the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular death. What harms the mind, harms the body and what soothes the soul benefits physical health.

Emotional information is constantly being exchanged throughout the body and brain, most of which we are not always aware of. What goes on in the subconscious mind manifests through our bodies and behaviors. Be mindful of the things you expose yourself to physically, emotionally and spiritually. Did you know that your mind is heavily influenced by the people you surround yourself with on a regular basis? You have probably heard this before: You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. You may not realize how much you pick up behaviors, opinions, beliefs and other information, subconsciously, resulting in similar behaviors and lifestyle patterns. Make sure the people you surround yourself with are people who inspire and motivate you to be a better person. Mind-body wellness is difficult to have without healthy, supportive relationships in your life.

It is important to recognize and take note of the times when you feel the most centered, balanced, calm, and happy, then prioritize doing those things that promote this feeling of well being. Make sure to take the time for your own wellness, amidst catering to everyone else’s needs. Remove any obstacles preventing you from practicing the things that allow you to be calm and filled up after a stressful or exhausting day. Spend the time doing things that you love; it is good for your body and good for your soul, so make it a priority.Yoga and Meditation_1

Many people credit yoga and meditation with helping them to feel centered and calm. If you haven’t experienced yoga, try one of the yoga classes offered at California Family Fitness.

Choose to be happy and think positively. According to a John Hopkins study, after following about 600 adults with a family history of heart disease, those with an optimistic attitude were half as likely to have a heart attack, chest pain or sudden cardiac death. Take note and relish happy moments as they come. This will help you better deal with stress and adversity when life gets hard. Reflect on all the good things about your day and what brought you joy at the end of each and every day. Identify and focus on what you are grateful for and why. By recognizing and acknowledging the positive things in our lives, the more we appreciate and the happier we will be.

“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it” - Ernest Holmes

dr-taglioAs a wife and mother of two active little boys, Dr. Taglio understands that life is busy and can easily get out of balance. She knows how important healthy habits are in maintaining a healthy family. She is committed to addressing the whole body and takes a multi-pronged approach to improving the function of the nervous system, by removing nerve interference through chiropractic, addressing nutritional components and incorporating neuromuscular re-education to maintain spinal health and stability. She has made it her mission to help people not only feel great, but also help them reach their highest potential, in whatever their endeavors are. She has a love for children and their healing through chiropractic and nutrition.

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