Neurotransmitters are the hormones of the nervous system. And they’re produced by the gut as well as the heart. Ever been nervous before a big event? While your brain fusses over possible outcomes, your heart races, and your stomach rumbles.
Your heart and your gut make the same neurotransmitters as your brain. In fact, conventional medicine treats irritable bowel syndrome with antidepressants and everyone knows that you can die of a broken heart (really severe depression means very little serotonin for the heart to function).
And guess what? Your brain is not number one. Nope! Your heart is your number one brain. Your gut is number two. And your brain comes in third in importance. For you can’t survive without your heart or your gut, but you can survive without a fully functioning brain. that’s why people in comas can survive for years.
Your three brains make up the neuro part of your neuro-immune- endocrine system.
Your Immune System
Now, look at all those little dots on the figure. These represent your white blood cells, the pony express of your immune system. Your immune system produces hormones too, called cytokines. Your white blood cells carry the immune messages to all parts of your body.
You know when you’re under a lot of stress and you become sick? You catch a common cold virus or break out in cold sores. Stress affects the adrenal glands which, in turn, affect the immune system.
In the heart chakra lies the thymus – an endocrine gland responsible for programming the white blood cells to know the difference between you and others. Other what? Germs: viruses, bacteria, fungi, even weird cells like cancer. White blood cells (WBC) attack others and spare you. They do so best when you are asleep. Under the influence of melatonin produced by the pineal gland in the crown chakra, the body shuts down normal daytime function and switches into nocturnal mode.
Your adrenals stop producing the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol and begin to produce metakephalins that stimulate the thymus to program the WBC’s. All hormones, all the time!
High stress means high adrenaline and cortisol production interfering with sleep and effectively turning off the immune system, making you vulnerable to infection and over a very long period of time, cancer.
Your WBCs can travel anywhere in the body, even pass the blood-brain barrier delivering messages called cytokines. Cytokines are the tiniest of the “hormones”. These minute messengers instigate the immune response, whether that’s a breakout of hives in response to an allergen or the attack of an invading virus. This amazing WBC carries on its cell membrane information about all the hormones, all the neurotransmitters, and all the cytokines in the body during its lifetime.
So what can you do this Flu Season?
Adopt healthy-living strategies such as:
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cook meats thoroughly.
- Try to minimize stress.