Mood and behavior are becoming hot health topics, especially in industrialized nations where computers, technology, and other conveniences have become a way of life. People are increasingly disconnected in their personal relationships, but they may have upward of a half a million “friends” on social media sites, and it isn’t uncommon to see teenagers texting each other, rather than conversing while standing right next to each other!
Digestive system health is a topic on people’s minds more and more, in part because of the refined and processed foods that many individuals eat. In recent years, scientists have discovered that there are more neurotransmitters in the gun than there are in the brain, and, among other things, healthy mood management depends on how well these neurotransmitters relay messages to each other. How can an individual hope to experience healthy moods if their cells are depleted of nutrition, their emotional needs for social connection are unmet, and if their neurotransmitters reside in an area with blockages and inflammation? The list of contributors to mood challenges is extensive.
The limbic system in the brain has glands that help relay and respond to emotions. It includes the amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus, and thalamus. The hippocampus, specifically, is involved in storing memories and producing emotions. It works effectively at full capacity when it is producing new neurons and solid nerve connections to assist with these key activities. When an individual experiences stress, the blood flow around the hippocampus changes — and individuals in their later years can often experience up to 20% loss in the nerve connections of the hippocampus, which can drastically affect mood and memory.