How Much Do You Trust Your Brain?

Wednesday, June, 1, 2016 < Back to Blog Posts

Cogito ergo sum is a Latin philosophical proposition by René Descartes usually translated into English as "I think, therefore I am."
But, how much do I trust my “thinker” when it comes to health decisions? Can your body be your only guide? I think we’ve all heard the school of thought that tells us to just listen to our bodies, and it will tell us what to do.
Hmmmmm.  I think that point needs more discussion.
My body seems to be connected to my brain. And my brain has a mind of its own! My brain likes to argue with me. Can you relate? On certain days, my brain is all about vegetables and exercise. But there are other days when my brain is all about donuts and cookies. If listening to my body were the only litmus test, I could get into all kinds of trouble! 
We seem to be a little more complex than what Rene' Descartes was proposing. There is a restrictive type brain style that loves rules and living life to the letter of the law. A diet for a restrictive type brain causes comfort. Ah, rules. Guidelines. Coloring within the lines just works for this type of arguing brain. I tried to think of a good old movie character to compare, but couldn’t quite hit it on the mark. I tended to think more of Jane Fonda in the 80s telling us to feel the burn and feel good about it. From my perspective, this arguing type of brain does pretty well in society, because society comes with lots of rules for the masses.
Then there’s the category I think my arguing brain falls into. I call it the Scarlet O’Hara brain. “Oh, fiddle dee dee; I’ll worry about that tomorrow.”  (Scarlet O’Hara’s attitude through all her trials in the epic story of Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.) This type of arguing brain agrees in theory, but in practice falls far short. This type of brain gives permission and exceptions to the rule for just about everything. Because. Because it’s morning, because it’s a Monday, because I’ve been busy. Just because! (Because, because, because, because, echoed the foursome when they were off to see the wizard!)
Now back to the theory that your own body will let you know what’s best for you.
Scarlet brain can deceive you. Let’s take exercise for example. Scarlet brain will allow you to not start, or quit when it becomes a bit uncomfortable. Or there are bugs, the sun’s in the sky or you don’t like the music on the radio.
But Fonda brain can also deceive you too! In the exercise example, your brain can push you past what is actually healthy for you in terms of exercising or eating, as you try to reach a goal. Neither Fonda nor O’Hara brain is the complete solution.
So, what’s the answer? Here’s my formula for us ladies of a certain age.
Your Brain Style  +  Maturity +  Knowledge  = Balance
It’s probably no accident that at the very time in our lives when our decisions have more and more long term consequences, we have this little thing in our brain activated that really only comes with being on the planet for a while; wisdom.
Wisdom can lead us to balance and good decisions. Knowledge is the food for wisdom.
So when you add this all up (you’re still with me right?) and take a look at menopause, I hope it brings you to Remifemin® menopause relief* and Remifemin® Good Night. Use that “thinker” in your body and explore all that Remifemin has to offer you throughout this website right here at
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Take that Fonda and O’Hara!
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