Detoxing is a topic of great interest these days. We have detox diets, detox cleanses, detox drinks, detox foods and many other kinds of detoxing. But have you ever considered detoxing your brain? If not; it may be time that you did. Why? Because the brain is the boss of our body and controls everything else that happens. So if our brain gets toxic; it can result in big problems in our health, thoughts, emotions and relationships. Thankfully, detoxing our brain is one of the easiest detoxes to do and can happen in a very short time. And, best of all, it does not even cost any money!
Vast amounts of research unequivocally document that up to 80% of all physical, emotional and mental health issues today may be a direct result of our thought lives. The thoughts that we think translate into the quality of life we experience. Toxic thinking and toxic thoughts translates into stress in our bodies which affect every cell through chemical secretions that are released.
Thoughts are not simply invisible vapors that pass through our minds. They have been scientifically proven to have a literal structure in our brains which are made up of electrical impulses, chemicals and neurons. Neuroscientists call these thought structures the “magic trees of the mind”. Positive thoughts grow healthy trees and negative thoughts grow toxic, poisonous trees.
Toxic thoughts produce anxiety, worry, anger, fear, bitterness, and depression. Healthy thoughts produce peace, calm, joy, happiness and a sense of well-being. A case of “the nerves” is essentially just that because we each have about a hundred billion nerve cells in our brain and each nerve cell can grow up to 200,000 branches.
Our immune system is intricately linked to our brains and is extremely sensitive to our thought life. Information from our immune system is sent to the brain through immune-peptides and information is sent from our brain to our immune system via neuro-peptides. When our thought life is toxic, it causes our immune system to be under attack. Many people who struggle with auto-immune diseases are essentially sick due to toxic thoughts and emotions.
Even our hearts have nerve cells. There are at least 40,000 nerve cells (neurons) in the heart, which is as many as are found in different parts of the brain. So it could be said that we have a miniature “brain” in our heart. In Proverbs 23:7 the Bible says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Could it be that heart “attacks” and heart “dis”-ease are actually due to toxic thoughts and emotions?
Recently, neuroscientists have discovered that it is even possible to change our genes with the thoughts that we think. We used to think that we were stuck with whatever genes we were born with and that if you had the gene for heart disease, cancer, diabetes or asthma; then there was nothing you could do about it. Not so! This is because our genes are made of protein and proteins are the building blocks that build our thoughts. So, if we change our thoughts; we can change our genes.
By now you are probably wondering how you can change your toxic thoughts and toxic emotions into positive, healthy thoughts and healthy emotions. This may seem like a daunting, or even impossible feat; but it is entirely possible! In fact, Dr. Caroline Leaf in her book “Who Switched Off My Brain” outlines a process which can help you change the way you think in as little as 21 days.
There are five basic steps in the process of detoxing your brain. They are gather, reflect, journal, revisit and reach. You can think of it sort of like remodeling. Even deeply ingrained negative thoughts, memories, habits and behaviors can be changed.
It is exciting to realize that God has created our brains with the ability to heal and change from toxic thinking patterns, emotions and memories. We are not held hostage to our genes and we do not have to accept our biological family’s heredity of terrible diseases like cancer and diabetes.
We can, “Fix our thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. We can think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” and be changed. (Philippians 4:8)
On Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM we will be showing Dr. Caroline Leaf’s DVD teaching called “Who Switched Off My Brain” at Community Healing Rooms, 24301 Catherine Industrial Dr., Suite 100 in Novi. Through six dynamic sessions Dr. Leaf discusses the process of how to detox your brain in detail. All are welcome and there is no charge for the training. Questions? Call 734-905-4866.