THE EMOTIONAL BRAIN
The brain conceals an emotional brain, a veritable “brain within a brain”.
The latter possesses a different architecture and cellular organization, independent even of the rest of the neo-cortex. We cannot order an emotion to increase or disappear in the same manner as we order the spirit to speak or to remain silent. The emotional brain controls everything that touches psychological well-being as well as a good part of the physiology – heart, arterial tension, hormones, digestive and immune systems.
Emotional disorders result from the dysfunctions of the emotional brain. Generally, these dysfunctions stem from painful past episodes, that bear no direct relation to the present, but are indelibly engraved in the emotional brain and which continue to influence the feelings and behavior of the individual.
The emotional brain is endowed with self-healing mechanisms, allowing it to recover equilibrium and well-being. It is a command post continually receiving information from each part of the body and responding to it in an appropriate manner while controlling the physiological equilibrium of the homeostasis. Therefore, the emotional brain enjoys a very intimate relationship with the body and, for this reason, accessing emotions through the body is easier than through speech.
The brain is part of the body. Such as all cells, those of the brain are continually regenerated. However, two-thirds of the brain is comprised of fatty acids. These constitute the basis of the membrane of the nervous cells, through which communication between nervous cells and the body is made. Therefore, everything we eat is integrated into those membranes and forms its fabric.
A number of studies have demonstrated the fact that a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as the Inuit’s diet - assimilating up to 16 grams of fish oil per day - increase the production of energy neuro-transmitters and of a happy disposition in the emotional brain.
The range of symptoms linked to depression - sadness, lack of energy, anxiety, insomnia, could improve with the consumption of Omega-3. Finally, fatty acids have very beneficial effects on cardiac problems. They particularly reinforce the variability in the cardiac rhythm and protect against arrhythmia. The Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial in the construction and the equilibrium of the brain – but the body does not manufacture them.