The human body is an intricate and complex organism, and within it lies an even more complex network of neural systems that govern our every thought, emotion, and action. While the brain is often viewed as the primary seat of intelligence and consciousness, recent research has shown that there are actually three distinct “brains” within the human body: the head brain, the heart brain, and the gut brain. In this article, we will explore each of these brains and the unique roles they play in our mental health, physical, emotional and spiritual health.
The Head Brain The head brain, or the neocortex, is what most people think of when they hear the word “brain.” It is responsible for conscious thought, language, logic, and decision-making. The neocortex is the most evolved part of our brain, and it allows us to process complex information and engage in abstract thinking. It is what sets humans apart from other animals and is what has enabled us to create incredible advancements in science, technology, and art.
The Heart Brain The heart brain, or the cardiac nervous system, is a complex network of neurons that regulate the activity of the heart. However, recent research has shown that the heart brain is also capable of processing information and influencing our emotions and behavior. The heart brain is thought to play a crucial role in our social and emotional intelligence, as it helps us to read and interpret the emotions of others. It is also thought to be the source of intuition and “gut feelings.”
The Gut Brain The gut brain, or the enteric nervous system, is a complex network of neurons that govern the activity of the digestive system. However, like the heart brain, recent research has shown that the gut brain is also capable of processing information and influencing our emotions and behavior. The gut brain is thought to play a crucial role in our overall health and well-being, as it communicates directly with the immune system and can influence our mood, behavior, and even our cravings for certain foods.
The Three Brains in Harmony While the three brains within the human body are distinct and serve different functions, they are all interconnected and work together to create a cohesive sense of self. When the head brain, heart brain, and gut brain are in harmony, we are able to make decisions that are aligned with our values and beliefs, and we are able to navigate the world with a sense of purpose and meaning.
However, when one or more of the three brains is out of balance, it can lead to a range of physical, emotional, and mental health problems. For example, chronic stress can cause the gut brain to become hyperactive, leading to digestive issues, while emotional trauma can cause the heart brain to become dysregulated, leading to anxiety and depression. By understanding the unique roles that each of the three brains play in our overall health and well-being, we can take steps to cultivate harmony and balance within our bodies and minds.
In conclusion, the human body is a complex organism, and within it lies an even more complex network of neural systems that govern our every thought, emotion, and action. By understanding the roles of the head brain, heart brain, and gut brain, we can gain a deeper appreciation for the intricate interplay between our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
When you begin to view the brain, heart and gut intelligence, the three brains, operating as equally as one unit or system, you begin to understand the importance of trusting your gut’s wisdom, your heart’s intelligence and your head’s reasoning, all working in unison. If this integrated holistic view resonates with you and your keen to learn more about our counseling and coaching work, you may begin by reading the inner foundation book. The time for evolving is now!!
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Susana Hancock is the author of the book The Inner Foundation- How Society impacts our Inner foundation. She has a global professional experience of over twenty years, working in Europe and Asia in areas of leadership, staff training and personal development. Since 2016 Susana has been delivering professional training and coaching programs to individuals, schools, business and governmental organizations.