The Brain and Heart Connection
The Harmonized Brain Centers passion is to help our clients create the best environment for their brain to operate and function efficiently. Especially during the month of February and Valentines Day, we want to emphasize the importance of your heart and brain. Taking care of your heart actually is taking care of your brain.
The heart and brain are intimately connected. The heart sends signals to the brain, allowing it to regulate various bodily functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration. Conversely, the brain sends signals back to the heart via the autonomic nervous system which regulates heart rate, rhythm and other cardiovascular functions. The heart also produces hormones that influence the activity of certain regions of the brain. One important connection between heart and brain is through neurocardiology - the study of how the heart affects neural pathways in the central nervous system. This includes studies of how physical or emotional stress can cause changes in heart rate or rhythm which then affect cognition and emotion. Neurocardiology has also revealed a two-way link between heart health and mental health, showing that heart conditions can also contribute to mental health issues.
In short, the heart and brain are connected in a complex way that is still being explored by researchers today. By understanding how heart and brain interact, it’s possible to develop better treatments for heart conditions as well as mental health disorders. Therefore, it is important to recognize the critical relationship between the heart and the brain and take steps to ensure both are functioning optimally. Taking care of your heart helps you achieve your BEST BRAIN EVER!