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Having been a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine for over 18 years I also love sharing information about our amazing bodies and how to tap into our innate ability to be happy healthy humans on all levels - emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

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I'll be blogging about many of the topics we cover in Grow Me Well like balancing blood sugars naturally, using our 3 brains for increased intelligence and which of Mother nature's foods boost our energy and concentration. But if you can't wait until then you can always buy your own copy of Grow Me Well and improve your nutritional know-how now. Please let me know if you'd like your copy personally signed :-)


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Your 3 brains and how to use them effectively!

Written by Tamarin Pignéguy-Davies on October 26th, 2014.      0 comments

And as you'll learn soon, your head brain isn't even the smartest one! Respectively our three brains are located in our head, chest and lower abdomen. Each of our brains has a distinct neural network that is formed when we are an embryo developing in our mother’s womb. During the third week of development we go through an amazing process called gastrulation. This process involves the formation of three distinct cell layers within our body which sets the template for each brain and the fate of our body plan.
The location of our three brains

How is each brain made?
It is during this developmental milestone that our body’s inner, middle and outer layers are formed. And each layer relates to one of our three brains - head, heart and gut. The names of the three layers that form our body’s blueprint are the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm. Our gut brain forms first in the inner layer of our body plan called the endoderm. Endoderm cells also go on to form the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract. Next to form is our heart brain in the mesoderm or middle layer. Mesoderm cells also go on to form our heart and blood vessels, bone, muscle and kidneys. The final layer to form is the ectoderm and this will become our head brain, central and peripheral nervous systems, sensory organs, skin and hair.
What does each brain do?
Apart from the obvious different physical functions that each organ has the head, heart, and gut brains also perform different mental and emotional roles. For example, our head brain is used for analysing information and is good at being logical. Our heart brain senses the world through emotion and feelings, and our gut brain is used for understanding our identity and who we are in the world. The gut brain also helps us learn self preservation by teaching us to follow our gut instinct. You know that gut feeling you get about certain things? Well it comes from your gut brain talking to your head brain via your emotional limbic system. These two brains must learn to listen to each other to help you make important decisions based on trusting your inner voice and emotional response in any given situation - this is the basis of your self preservation and self expression.  

I have a second brain where?
By the time we are adults our gut will be APPROXIMATELY 8 METRES LONG. And in the inner world of all this muscle and tissue there is a vast network of neurons about the size of a cat’s brain. With an estimated 500 million nerve cells and over 100 million neurons it’s no surprise our gut is referred to as our second brain. Using our enteric nervous system (ENS), our gut is fully equipped to think, remember and learn. Our gut brain has a complete network of neurons, neurotransmitters and special proteins that help it to form memories, learn new behaviours and grow new neurons. 
To help preserve and protect this valuable neuron rich area, our gut is armed with seventy percent of our immune system to keep it healthy, defend against “invaders” and digest food.
Information overload!
In today’s modern world we are encouraged to focus mainly on feeding our head brain with facts and figures which can lead to information overload. But we also need to learn to use our two other brains to processes our feelings and listen to our intuition to help keep us in balance - 
emotionally, mentally, physically & spiritually.

Becoming familiar with all three brains and how to use them to our advantage takes practice. But the more you become familiar with how each brain talks to you, the easier it becomes. The best way to start is by spending a few minutes every day sitting quietly, close your eyes and breathe into each area to activate your three brains.

What can I do to help use my three brains effectively?
Start by breathing deeply 3, 6 or 9 times into your head, then move down to your chest and finally your belly area (just below your belly button). You don’t need to do anything just close your eyes, breathe and notice what happens as you bring your attention into each area of the three brains.

This exercise will begin to help you look internally for your own answers as opposed to looking outside of yourself to others for what is right for you. You will begin to trust in your own thoughts and feelings the more you do this exercise. For example, take a problem you are experiencing right now in your life or a decision you need to make. To help you see more options and come to the answer that is right for you, take a few moments, focus on the problem and then begin the breathing exercise into each of your three brains.

As you breathe into your head ask yourself:
What do I think about this situation?
Breathe slowly, be patient and wait for an answer - it will come!
As you breathe into your
chest ask yourself: How do I feel about this situation?
As you breathe into your belly ask yourself: What is my gut instinct or inner voice telling me to do?
Write down, draw or talk out loud to yourself the answers or insights you come up with. Then follow through with what feels right for you. For example; take action or take no action just yet and take your time, ask for help, or get more information before moving forward.

How do I get my 3 brains working for me?
Like learning anything new it takes patience, persistence and 
perseverance to become good at it. Remember to do this exercise daily and soon you will be trusting in your judgement as you learn to listen to your inner guide again.

So to sum up, our three brains are:
  • 1. Head – thinking brain (logical thought)
  • 2. Heart – feeling brain (feel/emotional response)
  • 3. Gut - intuitive brain (inner knowing/gut feeling/intuition)
  1. Use your thinking brain and words to express your heart felt feelings and inner knowing (intuition) in a respectful and honest way with the people in your life.
  2.  Listen to your heart and how you really feel. Then honour your feelings by expressing or saying what feels right for you.
  3. Listen to your gut instincts and learn to trust your inner voice. Then act on what are good choices for you to make to help bring validation of who you truly are.


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