The Body/Mind Connection
A growing body of research shows that mental and physical wellness are deeply connected and that an improvement or decline in one can lead to an improvement or decline in the other. But how does one influence the other, and why does the body allow for such connectedness?
Our bodies and minds are both controlled by brain activity, so they are not as separate as we may think. One solid way that physical wellness affects mental wellness can be explained by the release of endorphins through physical activity. Your brain releases these “feel good” chemicals when your body is active, thus having a positive impact on your mental well-being.
Another physical activity that influences your mood is eating a healthy, balanced diet. The food we eat can impact the development, management, and prevention of numerous mental wellness conditions such as dementia and depression.
The body and brain are both very responsive to change, and the two being so interconnected is what leads to such fast change in one when the other is acted upon. Basically, when your physical wellness is improved upon, the positive changes in your mental wellness are not far behind.
3 Ways 10X Health Can Improve Your Mental Wellness Through Physical Wellness
As mentioned above, your diet has a significant influence on your overall wellness. What you eat directly affects not only your physical well-being but your mental well-being. You may subscribe to a healthy diet for the physical benefits of weight management, muscle tone, and healthy skin, but think about how you feel when you eat a healthy diet.
A healthy, well-balanced diet can help us think clearly and feel more alert. It can also improve concentration and attention span. Conversely, an inadequate diet can lead to fatigue and impaired decision-making and can slow down reaction time. In fact, a poor diet can actually aggravate, and may even lead to stress and depression.
Supplements are a great way to ensure that you are getting the nutrients you need for both physical and mental wellness. 10X Health can help you uncover which nutrients you are deficient in through a quick blood test, and recommend which supplements will get your body, and mind, working at optimal levels. We offer many supplements using only the finest, most high-quality ingredients on the market.
2. Cold Plunge
Cold water therapy is a wellness treatment that has grown in popularity in the last decade but has been used for centuries. It consists of immersing yourself in water less than 59 degrees Fahrenheit for short periods of time. Research shows that cold water immersion can have positive effects on both physical and mental well-being.
As your body is exposed to cold water, you enter a period of cold shock, which triggers a response in the body and brain to help your body adapt to the change in temperature and conserve heat. Most notably, your brain becomes more sensitive to endorphins and begins to produce two specific neurotransmitters, plasma noradrenaline and dopamine, which both have a profound effect on your mental health. These chemicals are responsible for regulating sleep, promoting alertness, and normalizing blood pressure.
10X Health’s Pro Plunge was created to not only promote physical wellness through easing muscle pain and inflammation but to support mental wellness by helping your body recover faster and proceed with daily physical activity that positively influences your mind.
3. Superhuman Protocol
Taking control of both your physical and mental wellness is empowering, and 10X Health’s Superhuman Protocol allows you to take that control. The Superhuman Protocol is a three-step process that not only encourages your body to physically heal itself from the inside out, it stimulates your mental wellness in positive ways as well.
The first step in the protocol uses magnetism through pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and boost cellular energy production. This all results in greater mobility which in turn has a positive effect on your mental wellness by being able to continue physical activity consistently.
The second step is all about oxygen. Completing light exercise while wearing an oxygen mask increases your workout performance, positively affects cardiovascular health, boosts metabolism, and can even help with weight loss. These physical effects may improve your mental well-being because you feel better about your overall wellness and you are less stressed.
The final step in the Superhuman Protocol is light, specifically red light therapy. Red light therapy may stimulate energy production, repair cells, and physically help improve the look of your skin. Red light therapy has also been shown to ease the symptoms of depression, reduce anxiety, and improve your mood.
Improve Your Overall Health with 10X Health
Understanding that your physical wellness has many well-established benefits for your mental wellness is important. Your overall well-being is affected by your physical activity and consistency can lead to an improved life. 10X Health’s goal is to help its clients live the best lives possible, and we offer many ways to achieve your best most optimal state of well-being.
Interested in learning more about how physical activity can improve your mental wellness? Reach out to 10X Health today!