The Science of Happiness Workshop: Pycho-neuro-endocrinology

A 10 hours workshop on the Science of Happiness and Psycho-Neuro-Endocrinology that will offer practical, research-backed information on living a happy and meaningful life.

Workshop’s purpose

Understanding the neuroscience of Happiness and how to better activate its pathways for personal wellbeing and success. In holistic and happiness medicine,  there are ways to balance one’s hormones and neurotransmitters naturally. In this workshop, we will  examine the most significant aspects of hormonal and neurotransmitter balancing

Introduction

There have been many studies and books on happiness and wellbeing, but few that have examined its scientific basis. In this workshop, we teach the best of positive psychology and neurobiology, thanks to which we can explore and understand the biochemical pathwaths to a happy and meaningful life.  Workshopees will  discover cutting-edge research in the field of psycho-neuro-endocrinology, neurosciene, psychology and evolutionary biology that can be practically applied to their wellbeing, including exercises that foster social bonding, emotional well-being and joie de vivre.

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Part One

What is Pycho-neuro-endocrinology ?

Part Two

What are Hormones ?

Hormones  (eg estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline and insulin)  are  important chemical messengers that affect many aspects of one’s  health. Hormones are secreted by various glands and organs including your thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testicles and pancreas. The entire endocrine system works together to control the level of hormones circulating throughout your body, and if one or more is even even slightly imbalanced it can cause widespread, major health problems.

Conventional treatments for hormonal imbalances usually include synthetic hormone replacement therapies, birth control pills, insulin injections, thyroid medications and more. Unfortunately, for the majority of people suffering from hormonal disorders, relying on these types of synthetic treatments often makes people dependent on taking prescription drugs for the rest of their lives in order to keep symptoms under control. It addition, this drug approach masks the patient’s symptoms, but doesn’t solve them, which means that the patient can continue to develop abnormalities in other areas of the body while the disorder progresses. Furthermore, It causes a higher risk for serious side effects such as stroke, osteoporosis, anxiety, reproductive problems, cancer and more

Signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalances

 Infertility and irregular periods: Weight gain or weight loss (that’s unexplained and not due to intentional changes in your diet): Depression and anxiety: Fatigue: Insomnia: Low libido: Changes in appetite: Digestive issues: Hair loss and hair thinning

 Hormonal diseases and risk factors  

Estrogen dominance: changes in sleep patterns, changes in weight and appetite, higher perceived stress, slowed metabolism: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): infertility, weight gain, higher risk for diabetes, acne, abnormal hair growth: Low estrogen: low sex drive, reproductive problems, menstrual irregularity, changes in mood: Hypothyroidism: slowed metabolism, weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, digestive issues, irregular periods: Low testosterone: erectile dysfunction, muscle loss, weight gain, fatigue, mood-related problems:  Hyperthyroidism & Grave’s Disease: anxiety, thinning hair, weight loss, IBS, trouble sleeping, irregular heartbeats:  Diabetes: weight gain, nerve damage (neuropathy), higher risk for vision loss, fatigue, trouble breathing, dry mouth, skin problems: Adrenal fatigue: fatigue, muscle aches and pains, anxiety and depression, trouble sleeping, brain fog, reproductive problems

 Causes of Hormonal Imbalances.

Hormonal imbalances are multi-factorial disorders, meaning they are caused by a combination of factors such as diet, gut dysbiosis, (1) medical history, genetics, stress levels and exposure to toxins from your environment. Some of the major contributors to hormonal imbalances include:

Holistic techniques to Balance Hormones Naturally: 

Healthy fats, Adaptogen Herbs, microbiome therapy, toxemia and heavy metals chelators and detoxification, exercises, meditation, yoga, breathing techniques, sleep medicine, de-stressing massage, heliotherapy, lymphatics, wine medicine,  aromatherapy and more.

Part Three

Neurotransmitters

Part Four

The endocannibinoid system

Part Five

Neurogenesis and brain enhancement holistic techniques

Part Six

The HPT and HPA axes

Part Seven

 Social connections and the Ideal of the Common Good via empathy, mindfulness, gratitude and holistic/happiness techniques

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Reference and Precision Notes

(1). An expanding field of new research, gut dysbiosis, shows that the human gut health plays a significant role in hormone and neurotransmitter regulation. Fore example, there is 4 times more biochemical information that goes from the Gut to the Brain than from the Brain to the Gut (via the Vegus nerve).  With leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability) and with a lack of beneficial probiotic bacteria and intestinal flora balance,  one is more susceptible to hormonal problems including diabetes and obesity. That’s because inflammation usually stems from the gut and then impacts nearly every aspect of your health etc.

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Disclaimer: Nothing in this educational blog should be construed as medical advice.

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