Medicine does not deny the direct influence of a person’s emotions on their physical well-being. However, she pays more attention to the impact of negative emotions in order to find ways to deal with it. So, a direct link has already been proven between severe stress and the development of ulcers. Anger, on the other hand, is a threat to people with cardiovascular disorders. Resistance to immunity and the willingness to resist the disease.
But, emotions with a + sign are of more interest. If they are truly capable of healing, then they are a powerful resource for the body and an impetus for the development of new methods of therapy without drugs. There are many confirmed cases where a seriously ill person with a strong desire for life recovered completely. In such people, cases of resorption of malignant tumors were recorded and it was impossible to explain this from a scientific point of view. But, the fact remains.
To join the group of lucky optimists, it is not enough just to smile, call black white, and rejoice at failure. It looks silly and unnatural. You don’t need to seem an optimist, you need to be. There are very specific prerequisites for this state. Hormones are substances that are produced by the organs of internal secretion. They perform the function of chemical coordinators and in their interaction are responsible for the operation of all the gears of the huge mechanism. The slightest shift, imbalance or release of hormones threatens us with psychological instability and loss of health. Now let’s take a closer look at the little sponsors of our psychological and physical well-being.
Serotonin and optimism
The main function of this hormone is the transmission of impulses between nerve cells. If there is a deficiency of serotonin in the body, the morale drops rapidly, turns into despondency, and then into a prolonged depression. At the same time, intellectual and physical activity decreases, the work of the digestive and reproductive systems deteriorates, immunity decreases, and healthy sleep disappears. We obtain serotonin indirectly from food. In order for the hormone to be produced in the required amount, it needs the amino acid tryptophan. It is found in foods such as: legumes, cottage cheese, hard cheese varieties, mushrooms. If serotonin levels drop, include magnesium-rich foods in your diet: bananas, seafood, seaweed, dried fruits, bran.
Dopamine and pleasure
Like serotonin, this hormone belongs to the group of neuromoderators. It is with its help that we experience the pleasure of intimate contact, as well as the enjoyment of the taste of food. At the same time, dopamine is produced not only in the process but also in anticipation of pleasure, which increases its importance and prolongs pleasant sensations. However, sometimes dopamine plays a cruel joke with a person, addicting him to alcohol and illegal drugs. Therefore, it is best not to use them as a source of dopamine.
Adrenaline, norepinephrine and stress
Nature has laid down in man two types of reaction to danger. This is an attack or flight. Norepinephrine is the reason for this action. It should accumulate the forces of the body, activate the brain, increase muscle tone, improve blood flow. This manifests itself in courage, determination and courage. The task of adrenaline is to signal the danger in time and solve the problem as soon as possible (get out of the conflict, pass the exam, dodge an accident, etc.). Both hormones are produced by the adrenal glands. Exceeding their concentration threatens the body with moral and physical exhaustion, the appearance of phobias, anxiety states.
Testosterone and the joy of triumph
Testosterone is a hormone of the strong half of humanity. Of course, conditionally. He is responsible for the level of libido, the severity of secondary male sexual characteristics, erectile function. At the emotional level, testosterone is responsible for the formation of competitive advantages in the social environment, ambition, psychological and physical endurance. Testosterone is produced by gains in various areas of life. But this process also has pitfalls. As soon as the peak is reached, there are no new victories, and hormones are produced in the same volumes, there is a risk of depression and apathy. This is often encountered by athletes, business sharks and other people with an active lifestyle.
Our well-being depends on the endocrine system and the hormones that it produces. But, in addition to the physical sphere, hormones command our psycho-emotional state, help us build a successful career, realize ourselves in other equally important areas of life. Does our health depend on emotions? Certainly! It is very important to monitor your emotional state and pick up body signals in order to regulate such complex but simple processes in time.