Discover the Scientific Facts How Brainwave Frequencies Do Their Magic
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How Brain Wave Frequencies Improve Your Health, Release Stress & Increase Your Learning Abilities!
Okay, by now, you probably know that Alpha, Theta and Delta brain waves result in many desirable benefits such as relaxation, stress release, super-learning, increased memory, improved health, energy and vitality, etc. etc. Basically, a lot of good and desirable stuff.
But have you ever wondered how the slower brain-wave patterns of Alpha, Theta and Delta do all those amazing stuff?
I mean, just because every other site out there tells you that slower brain-wave frequencies are good for you doesn’t mean that it's true. If you’re like me, you’ll want to know the scientific basis behind all those claims, right?
You still interested? If so, you’re in luck, 'cos in a moment, I’m going to tell you why.
But let me warn you first, it’s going to be rather technical, so try not to fall asleep. I’ll promise to try to explain it as simply as I can...=)
Okay. Here we go...
The Secret of Instant Relaxation - Whenever, Wherever!
One of the most immediate and obvious benefits of slowing your brainwave patterns is the sense of relaxation and well-being. And there’s a very simple reason for that.
Many researchers have discovered that when the brain is less active at slower brainwave frequencies, e.g. Alpha or Theta, it starts to produce various beneficial neuropeptitides and hormones associated with relaxation, stress release, increased learning and memory, creativity and other desirable benefits. In fact, the slower your brain waves become, the more beneficial neuropeptides & hormones are released and peaceful and relaxed you’ll feel.
Some of these neuropeptides include endorphins and serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical messenger that increases relaxation and relieves pain whilst endorphins act as our body’s natural reward system. It’s the body’s equivalent of getting "high" naturally.
That’s why any form of brainwave entrainment or mental exercises such as the the Release Technique (Reviewed here), meditation, creative visualization, the Silva Method (Reviewed here) or even Holosync CDs (Reviewed here), tend to make you relax and develop a sense of peacefulness and well-being. That’s because all of these self-help techniques are essentially doing the same thing, i.e. slowing down your brain waves, albeit in different ways.
WHY YOU FEEL GOOD AFTER AN ENERGETIC PHYSICAL WORK-OUT
You may not realize it but you’re probably experienced a time when your body is flooded with endorphins. That’s because one of the other times when the body releases a lot of endorphins is after a tiring, physical work-out.
Think about the last time you had a really tiring session at your gym. Maybe it was after a tough tennis match or long 10km run.
How did you feel felt after that physically exhausting session? Tired and sweaty, no doubt, but do you also remember feeling really good.
A good kind of light, mentally relaxed, peaceful and happy mood, right?
The good news is that you don’t have to get up and jump around to start feeling peaceful and relaxed. Besides physical activity, endorphins are also released when you slow your brainwaves down. Any self help product or technique such as meditation, the Silva method will do the job just as well.
And you don’t need to run 10km to feel good...
Why Endorphins Increase Learning & Memory
Okay, you know that endorphins are the body’s way of producing a natural "high" & feel-good. But did you also know that the particular endorphins released when the brain is in Alpha and Theta brainwave state also significantly improves learning and memory?
Studies on rats injected with endorphins remembered things longer and showed an improved ability to run through mazes. Scientists also know that endorphins have the ability to reverse amnesia.
Neuro-scientists believe that the parts of the brain that produce endorphins are the same areas of the brain involved with learning and memory. A study at Northwestern University speculated that whenever we learn something, the brain "rewards" itself by releasing endorphins to consolidate the memories.
In other words, this means that learning and memorization are much more easily done when there are high levels of endorphins in the brain, a state of mind proven to be associated with Alpha and Theta brainwave patterns.
So, if we’re able to slow down our brainwaves to enter Alpha or Theta levels, it’ll be that much easier for us to change our old beliefs & negative attitudes and "learn" new desired beliefs & attitudes.
MORE REASONS WHY SLOWER BRAINWAVES IMPROVE YOUR LEARNING ABILITIES
Some of the other neuropeptides released at slower brainwave frequencies include acetylcholine, vasopressin and catecholamines.
A research team at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto noted that increased acetylcholine production in the brain significantly improves long-term memory. Another study at MIT showed that students taking substances that increased acetylcholine production in the brain improved their memory and ability to learn lists of words. On the other hand, insufficient acetylcholine causes memory loss and reduces learning abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is also linked to low levels of acetylcholine.
Another neuropeptide closely associated with Theta brainwave patterns is vasopressin. Numerous studies have showed that people with increased vasopressin levels showed improvements in memory, learning and reaction time.
In addition, slower brainwave patterns, at about 4 Hz or Theta brainwave frequency) also result in increased release of catecholamines, which are important for memory and learning.
At the same time, it’s not just the production of neuropeptides that results in better learning and memory at Alpha and Theta brainwaves. Remember that Alpha and Theta brainwave states are associated with relaxation?
When we’re in a relaxed state, our heart rate & blood pressure slows down and our muscles and entire body relax. This increases the volume of blood and oxygen flowing to our brains, increasing alertness and attention. All these result in improved learning and memorization abilities.
Brain waves & the Fountain of Youth
Wouldn’t you want to grow old gracefully, and yet retain the energy, vitality and health of youth?
For as long as humans have been around, people have been searching externally for the fountain of youth. The irony is that, maybe, the answer to immortality can be found internally, in our brainwaves.
A study conducted by Dr Giampapa, the ex-President of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, revealed the alpha, theta and delta brainwave patterns affect the production of cortisol, DHEA and melatonin --- three hormones important for increased longevity and well-being.
At the slower Alpha and Theta brainwave patterns, production of DHEA and melatonin increases significantly. One study noted an increase in DHEA of as much as 44%. Some outliers even had DHEA increases of up to 90%. Melatonin increases were even more astounding, with average increases of 98% recorded. Many participants even had increases of up to 300%. On the other hand, cortisol levels declined by an average of 47%. Of course, not all study participants showed the same results, but about 70% of the study participants recorded the above improvements.
IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN ANTI-AGING HORMONES...
Cortisol is what you might consider a "stress hormone". It’s produced by the adrenal glands when you’re stressed out. Not surprisingly, cortisol is an age-accelerating hormone and has a negative effect on learning, memory, health and well-being. So, quite obviously, you don’t want to have high levels of cortisol in your body.
On the other hand, DHEA (or De-Hydro-Epian-Androsterone) is a hormone also produced by the adrenal glands (which is situated above your kidneys. Bet you didn’t know that!). Production of DHEA peaks in the mid-20s, declining from the early-30s onwards. A 75-year old only has 20% of the DHEA when he was 25 years old. The important thing about DHEA is that when levels are low, we’re more easily affected by aging and disease. High DHEA levels increases immunity, energy, vitality and health. So, as you grow older and produce less DHEA, you’re more susceptible to stress and disease.
Lastly, melatonin is a hormone associated with restful sleep. Recently, it’s been marketed as a cure for jet-lag. Again, production of melatonin declines with age. As you know, sleep is an important rest and rejuvenation time for the body, when many useful neuropeptides and hormones are produced (Remember that during sleep, your brainwaves cycle between Alpha, Theta and Delta?). A good night’s sleep slows down the aging process, whereas lack of sound sleep can greatly accelerate the aging process.
So, maybe the secret to the fountain of youth lies in the frequency of your brainwaves, after all.
Learn to Speak the Language of Your Brain
You now know that at slower brainwave frequencies, the mind increases the production of beneficial hormones. That’s why many self help techniques and products involve some form of brain wave entrainment in order to slow down your brain-wave patterns.
But did you ever stop to wonder why the brain responds to slower brain wave patterns? I mean, have you ever thought about why slower brain-wave frequencies cause the mind to release beneficial neurochemicals and hormones?
According to Dr. Ifor Capel from Marie Curie Cancer Memorial Foundation Research Department, brain cells are stimulated to start producing certain hormones or neuropeptides at specific frequencies. It’s as if the brain cells are "switched-on" when they receive an impulse of a specific frequency. In other words, the brain’s "language" or internal communication system appears to be based on frequency.
So, when your brain wave patterns are slowed down, it’s like sending a message to your brain cells to start producing endorphins, serotonin and other useful, beneficial neuropeptides.
And if you think about it, it actually makes sense.
Think about how good and refreshed you feel after a good night’s sleep. Well, one of the reasons is because when you sleep, your brain waves slow down from Beta and cycles between the slower brain wave patterns of Alpha, Theta and Delta brain waves. As you know, sleep is a time of rest and rejuvenation, where lots of beneficial and growth hormones are produced.
In fact, that’s also one reason why experienced meditators or people who practice brain wave entrainment sometimes need less sleep than the average person.
Bet you never thought of it like that before, huh?
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