Man has 3 parts: body, mind, and spirit. We’ve just finished looking at 5 outstanding qualities of the body, and now we’ll look at man’s second component: The Mind.
The brain is in the head. It is divided into several parts [lobes]. Each part has a specific job to do. Behind the forehead is the largest part of the brain – the right and left frontal lobes. Usually they are just called ‘the frontal lobe’. This lobe isn’t fully developed until age 30. And this lobe is the mind or what some call our “inner space”.
The brain controls the whole body, but the mind controls the whole person – who we really are. It controls the highest and most complex mental and moral functions that make each person unique. For example: intelligence, applying knowledge, thinking, memory, ideas, imagination, creativity, conscience [right/wrong], judgment, reasoning, will power, hope, prayer, spirituality, understanding divine things, character, values, personality, emotions, caring, self-control, moral choices, social behavior, and more.
These are such important aspects of a person. Who can afford to have any of them damaged or destroyed? But sadly, some of our choices are hurting our frontal lobes and slowly ‘chipping away’ pieces of who we are.
One choice that can damage the frontal lobe is hypnosis: or one mind controlling another mind. It’s popular and may appear quite innocent, entertaining, or even promise therapeutic benefits. But once entered into, a person’s mind will never be as strong and stable as it used to be.¹ Allowing another person to control our thoughts and behaviors is like giving away the passwords to our bank accounts and home security systems. Our valuable attributes [like will power and individuality] would be available to their suggestions. If you need entertainment or therapy, please seek safer methods than this. The frontal lobe is our control center. Never give it over to anyone else – ever!
We build healthy or sickly bodies by what we choose to eat and drink. If the body is healthy, the mind will be clear and sharp. But sickly bodies will give us minds that cannot run at peak performance. The mind and body are so closely related that whatever happens to one, affects the other.
Here are 3 more things that can injure the frontal lobe and cause mind alterations:
#1 – Trauma to the head from sports, accidents, fights, etc.
# 2 Surgery to take out part of the frontal lobe.
# 3 Poor Lifestyle Choices like:
• Lots of sugar from foods, beverages, candy etc;
• Illegal drugs;
• Some prescription drugs [like some high blood pressure medications, tranquilizers, narcotics, pain relievers, antidepressants, cold and allergy drugs and more];**
• Little or no exercise;
• Too much saturated fat [mainly in animal products];
• Watching TV weakens the power of the frontal lobe in young and old;
• Not enough sleep decreases blood flow to the mind/brain;
• Alcohol impairs judgment, causes a loss of brain cells, and more;
• Nicotine weakens and clouds the brain and frontal lobe;
• Caffeine – a drug that disrupts brain/mind chemistry and brain communication.² *We will go over each of these in more detail in upcoming Blogs.
**Please do not stop taking any prescribed medications. That could worsen your situation. But ask your healthcare provider about lifestyle changes that you can make to help your condition, using less drugs.
Here are some things that help improve the frontal lobe:
• Protect the head from injury: wear seatbelts in the car, and helmets for risky activities.
• Good nutrition – especially lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and beans.
• Omega-3 fatty acids from plant foods [flaxseed oil, walnuts, almonds, avocado, etc].
• Glucose [sugar]. The brain uses lots of energy. Its favorite ‘fuel’ is glucose from complex carbohydrates – plant-based foods that are higher in fiber like apples, pears, potatoes, sweet potatoes, oats, beans, and more].
• Regular exercise improves oxygen and blood flow to the mind/brain, so it can run better.
• Little or no TV – because it drains thinking power and creativity.
• Getting outside in the fresh air, sunlight, and nature refreshes and strengthens mind and body; improves blood flow [and oxygen]; calms the nerves; and helps decrease stress and depression.
Bottom Line: We only get one mind. If it gets damaged, some injuries can’t be reversed. So, let us commit to taking care of it, by what we put in our bodies and how we treat our bodies. This way it can run well for a very long time.
¹ Mind, Character, and Personality: guidelines to mental and spiritual health . EG White. (Nashville: Southern Publishing Association, 1977). Page 706. *Available in Kindle Edition on www.Amazon.com
² Proof Positive: How To Reliably Combat Disease and Achieve Optimal Health Through Nutrition and Lifestyle. Neil Nedley, M.D. 4th Printing. Edited by David DeRose, M.D. (Ardmore: Neil Nedley, M.D., 1999). Pages 264-289. *Available on www.Amazon.com
Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence