We have spoken countless times about the benefits of neurofeedback therapy. This brain training makes use of the neuroplasticity of the brain and its ability to adapt and learn new things. This gradual learning allows the brain to change its own activity and self-regulate. People with different conditions such as attention deficit, autism, migraines, stress, panic attacks, among others, have benefited from it. We have also said that all people can make use of this wonderful tool that is neurofeedback, to improve their brain function and performance. There does not have to be a condition necessarily.
While this is a proven therapy for its efficiency and the positive results obtained, (as one of our clients would say:“it seems like a miracle”) it is no less true that, although the brain is a very important organ, our body is a whole, and that is why it is necessary not only to take care of our brain but of each and every one of the components that make up that whole: mind, body, soul and emotions.
In this time that we live now, we are exposed to a lot of mental stress. Stress is not bad when it occurs for a short period of time, it keeps us alert, but when we are stressed for long periods of time, this will cause anxiety, which over time can degenerate into other more serious conditions, including heart disease, cancer, depression, among other things.
As we said earlier, the brain has a wonderful characteristic, neuroplasticity. This can be a very good trait because we can retrain the brain to work the best way it can, through the repetition of appropriate, regulated or balanced behaviors. But at the same time, if the pattern that is repeated, which the brain is accustomed to is a patternof stress, it will also learn to work under these conditions, in an unbalanced way. It is widely known that when we are subjected to a lot of stress this can degenerate into depression or other serious conditions.
In addition to exposure to stress, there are also other factors that can harm health, such as sedentary lifestyle, inadequate eating habits and disconnection with our environment and with ourselves.
If we do not eat healthy or we are subjected to a lot of stress, we will observe changes in our body. Our body will show symptoms and signs that something is not right. An example of this can be seen in our brain which will show us the signs, among them anxiety, depression, lack of concentration, learning difficulties, memory loss.
Food also plays an important role both in our cerebral well-being and our body in general. For example, if we have an excessive consumption of sugars, this can lead to insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the amount of glucose the body needs to function properly. This condition can cause severe brain damage. It has been determined that there is an intimate relationship between insulin resistance and Alzheimer’s.
Even though Neurofeedback is very effective, we recommend all our clients that in addition to therapy, consider a good nutrition and the use of techniques to reduce stress levels, such as yoga or meditation. The human being is very complex and we must take care of all the parts that makes it a whole.
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