Micro-read: Plug it in, Plug it in

If you haven’t caught on by now, it seems my current obsessive niche is mental health. The predecessor, gut health. The correlation between the two and how they work in conjunction, is not to be debated.

Maintaining gut health, is maintaining mental health (chicken – egg, egg – chicken). Probiotics reek of benefits. The strains are endless and immensely interesting. The special strain of the day is Bifidobacterium Infantis. This type of bacteria is found in babies (infantis) and is beneficial for the way the acids work with digestion by halting the production of surrounding bad bacteria. It is also considered to be the therapeutic probiotic, suggesting a very particular relationship with the central nervous system “through GABA receptors in the Vagus nerve”. GABA receptors are responsible for calming nervous activity in the brain. There is a blatant interdependence on how healthy gut flora can positively influence neural circuitry. Which mood is dependent on.

The Vagus nerve is the extension cord between your gut and your brain and probiotics are what keeps the power on. Plug it in, plug it in.

 

Inspired by:

Inflammation, the Gut and Mood Disorders

Micro-read: Emotions

Fulfilled, content, dejected, resentful, anxious, aroused. Emotions are the adjectives of the conscious state that you stand in. Whether or not you think you have a particular emotion floating in your mental, you do. Being able to express and process your emotions is what makes you human.

A little insight from the way I express mine:

Emotions: positive, happy, tender, smitten

I tend to be very expressive in the way that I speak. I bring even the smallest of details to life. I make you feel as if you were there. As if there were a large projector screen before your eyes as you read through whatever miscellaneous text or verbiage I spit at you. The fact that I exert such energy to explain a minuscule event of the day, means so much more than you would expect.

In other words, I am not going to be blatant until necessary. This is how I personally express my emotions. I had not known this about myself until one day I found myself multitasking, one person got the expressiveness and the other not so much.

The lesson here is, never stop learning about yourself. As long as you can commit to a constant in relaying your message and admitting defeat to your own emotions, you can remain whole.