Neurotransmitters : Our Internal Communication Network
How does our mind communicate with the rest of our body?
How do our emotions affect our immune system?
How does our behavior influence our health?
It is through Neurotransmitters. What are Neurotransmitters? They are the messengers of our thoughts and emotions. We call them “Psychosomatic communication network”. They are Neuropeptides, and with their receptors, are the biochemical correlates of our thoughts and emotions. Neuropeptides are made up of amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. When the "Fight or Flight response" is triggered during stress, Neurotransmitters and hormones, Like Epinephrine ( Adrenaline), Norepinephrine, Endorphins, Dopamine, Cortisol, Interleukins, and Immunoglobulins, can increase or decrease in our body depending on the kind of stress. Receptors to these Transmitters, are present in almost every cell of our body. So every organ is affected.
If is is a positive stress (Eustress): Our performance may increase for a short period of time: Compassion and caring increase certain types of Immunoglobulin in our body and enhance our immunity against disease. Laughter increases Endorphins in our body and creates better pain control.
If it is a negative stress (Distress), it can create negative effects on our body.
• If the fight or flight response is elicited frequently in a person who cannot fight or run, it can cause:
• High B.P. (Because of increase adrenaline)
• Heart attacks
• Anxiety or/and depression
• Migraines or chronic pain
• Cancer, and other disorders