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220: Rebuilding the nervous system after trauma – with Ronnie Landis

Trauma is a term that has been gaining a lot of attention in recent years, with many people recognizing the impact it can have on our mental and physical health. 

In order to understand trauma and its effects, it is important to define what it is and how it can manifest itself.  

Ronnie Landis is a leading expert in holistic health, natural nutrition, and human potential. He powerfully supports driven entrepreneurs, athletes, performers, executives & influencers to perform at their best mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Ronnie Landis, describes trauma as: “not what happened to you, but the disconnect of the impact within you, as a result of what happened.” 

In other words, trauma is the internal response to a traumatic experience, such as:

  • Loss
  • Abuse
  • Or a traumatic event. 

It is the psychological and emotional distress that can be caused by these experiences, and it can be difficult to process. 

Trauma can manifest itself in a variety of ways, including fear, anger, depression, and anxiety. 

These feelings can be triggered by a variety of stimuli, even those that may seem unrelated to the traumatic experience. 

This is why it is important to be aware of the potential triggers and to be mindful of how we are responding to them.

The connection between trauma and dopamine

The connection between trauma and dopamine is becoming more and more apparent as scientists and researchers explore the effects of trauma and its implications for our mental and physical health. 

It has been suggested that trauma can lead to an overactive dopamine system, which can lead to a range of mental health problems.   

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for reward-seeking behavior, and motivation. 

When people experience trauma, the dopamine system can become overactive, resulting in increased levels of dopamine in the brain. 

This can lead to an increase in reward-seeking behavior, and can even result in addictive behavior as people attempt to cope with the traumatic experience.   

It is thought that the increase in dopamine levels caused by trauma can lead to an increase in stress hormones, such as cortisol, which can lead to further psychological and physiological effects. 

Increased levels of cortisol can lead to a decrease in serotonin, which can lead to an increase in anxiety and depression. 

In addition, a decrease in serotonin can lead to an increase in cravings and a decrease in impulse control.   

In addition to psychological and physiological effects, trauma can also have neurological consequences. 

Studies have shown that people who have experienced trauma can have changes in the brain structure that can lead to changes in behavior, such as impulsivity and aggression. 

It is thought that these changes in brain structure are caused by the increased levels of dopamine that are released during traumatic experiences.

How to heal the nervous system, dopamine levels and other mental issues

The nervous system can be healed by implementing various techniques and modalities, such as regulating stress levels, reducing digital device usage, and avoiding activities like excessively watching pornography that can lead to dopamine deficiencies. 

Additionally, engaging in activities that bring ease to the body and mind, such as yoga and meditation, can help restore balance and calm the nervous system. 

Eating a healthy diet and getting adequate rest and exercise can also help the body heal and repair itself. 

Finally, engaging in activities that bring joy and connection can help to rebuild the nervous system’s connection to the world and provide a sense of safety and security.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  1. What is trauma
  2. What is Dopamine and its effects in our mental states?
  3. The different categories of addiction?
  4. The difference between stress and distress?
  5. What is a peak state and a neutral balance state?


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