For a long period of time, both through therapeutic work and writing, I have been trying to explain that our body is only a polygon of our mind and that we cannot find the causes of our problems in the body. Certain people sometimes comment that I do not accept the body and some evident parts like cells and processes that take place in it. It’s not true, the truth is much more complicated!
I believe that our mind creates our body. But before going to the next step, I have to explain something.
One special discovery in the field of medicine gave an explanation of what ancient healing techniques have been saying for thousands of years. This is the existence of a neuropeptides. Neuropeptides are small molecules similar to proteins used by neurons for mutual communication. They are neuronal, signaling molecules that in some ways affect the activity of the brain and the body.
The discovery of neuropeptides was very significant because it showed that the body was fluid enough to fit the mind. Thanks to these molecules that transmit messages, thought and body reaction have connected. Neuropeptide is not a thought, but it is moved by thoughts, serves as a driver of transformation. Neuropeptides are biochemicals that regulate almost all life processes at the cellular level and thus connect all body systems. It has been discovered that some of them participate in the modulation of the transmission of sensitive information, in particular pain, emotional states or stress-caused reactions.
So, the kind of thoughts you cherish, the kind of emotions you feel. Emotions trigger neutopeptides, they transmit information, which degenerates your cells. Of course this takes time for this.
So the truth is that everything starts in the cell. Cells are the basic functional unit of all living beings, an engine that moves the human body, but a neuropeptide is a finger that starts this engine and puts it into operation.
Neuropeptides are also named as information transmitters because they send chemical messages from the brain to receptor sites on cell membranes throughout the body. The average cell has thousands of receptor sites for neuropeptides, which are constantly opening and closing, and the brain cells have millions of cells! It is like a lock-key mechanism – where the neuropeptide is the key that opens the lock on the cell membrane to start complex and fundamental changes on the cells it is in contact with.
An example of this mechanism is angiotensin, a neuropeptide that is responsible for thirst. Angiotensin is formed from renin, an enzyme that is released from the glomerular cells in the kidneys into the blood and affects the following receptor sites: the lungs reduce the amount of water being released, the kidneys reduce the production of urine and the brain (the area of the hypothalamus that regulates the balance of water), creates a feeling of thirst and makes us drink water.
All body systems exchange neuropeptide information, which is the internal feeling of the state (emotion) that causes the reaction of the neuropeptide. This is the connection between the brain and the body in which any change in the mental-emotional state causes a change in physical physiology. Likewise, any change in the physiology of the body causes a change in the mental-emotional state. It is a vicious circle for which we are ourselves responsible.
Take care of your thoughts!