About This Episode and Deborah Rozman, PhD
HeartMath CEO Deborah Rozman shares best practices and top uses of HeartMath as well as many of the health benefits linked to regular HeartMath use. HeartMath users have been shown to have reduced inflammation and the risk of heart disease. She reveals new research that links increases in heart rate variability with better intuition.
Feelings of anxiety can sap your energy, joy, and vitality. Dr. Rozman, the president and CEO of HeartMath, shares methods to increase cognitive performance and break free from anxiety, depression, food cravings, addictions and fear once and for all. By focusing on positive feelings such as appreciation, care, or compassion, you can create coherence between your brain and heart rhythms-with amazing results.
About Dr. Rozman: Since 1975 Dr. Rozman has authored or co-authored over a dozen books.She has a masters degree child psychology and a doctorate in the psychology of consciousness.
04:15 The Power of Your Heart: The heart has been used metaphorically since ancient times. Research shows a strong connection between our physical heart and our emotional state: how we feel, how we perceive, and how the brain functions.
04:53 What is HeartMath? The HeartMath device and algorithms measure and track your heartrate variability pattern over time. It tells you whether your heartrate is in sync or out of sync. It trains you how to quickly get into sync.
06:14 Heat-Based Living: It means to have your actions, decisions, thoughts, attitudes include the core values of the heart. These are kindness, love, care, compassion, appreciation, respect, and courage. It is also taught in the military because it gets your heart and brain in sync. The heart must be referenced and involved to be your best, perform your best, be your most creative, use your higher frontal lobe, and make proper executive decisions.
07:34 Heart and Brain Communication: The brain sends information to the heart and the rest of your body. The field of neurocardiology has found that the physical heart has its own neurological system called the heart’s intrinsic nervous system. The heart has neurons that sense, feel and remember. Its function is to receive information from blood flow from your entire body and transfer signals to the brain via the vagal nerve and other paths, telling the brain how the body feels. Signal traffic from heart to brain is 90% and brain to heart is 10%.
08:36 The Brain and Heartrate Variability: The brain is a pattern-matching organ. It looks for the heartrate variability pattern as one input. A jagged heartrate variability message to the brain sends us into fight/flight/freeze response. If you can shift your emwave heart rhythm pattern, you go into a smooth coherent sine wave heart rhythm pattern. It tells your brain that everything is cool and you will regain your higher cortical function. You’ll think better and you’ll sleep better.
10:09 Benefits Shown in Research: One of the key things learned through heartrate variability feedback is emotional self-regulation. We often consider ourselves to be victims of our mood. If you can shift your heart rhythms, you can shift your feelings, attitude, and then emotions. It starts to shift your signals to your brain and more serotonin is produced. It is a natural internal process of rebooting the system. In over 5,000 pre and post assessments done with people who took HeartMath programs, people who initially reported depression often to always, reported a 60% drop in depression.
12:04 Reduction of Inflammatory Response: Inflammation is linked with heart disease, autoimmunity and more. By improving your parasympathetic nervous system response, you activate the anti-inflammatory cholinergic pathway. There is a very low frequency rhythm in the heart rhythm pattern, reflecting what is happening in the intrinsic nervous system in the heart. That VLF is indicative and predictive of future health problems and all-cause mortality. It is a sympathetic mediated response. To improve this, we want to be in coherence. Coherence is where the parasympathetic is operating, synchronizing with your respiration, your heart rhythm, and your brain rhythm.
14:25 Aging and HRV: Heartrate variability is how quickly the heart can speed up when you need to run up a hill and how quickly it can slow when we need to relax. We have a natural age-related decline of heartrate variability. We have the most heartrate variability when we are young. There are norms of what HRV should be at every age. HeartMath has a database of these healthy norms from ages 8 to 80. If you have low heartrate variability for your age, it is a predictor of serious future health problems.
15:45 Emotional Self-Regulation: Emotional self-regulation techniques are about managing and shifting attitude and emotion, not suppressing them. This helps to maintain resilience and flexibility. This is key to health.
17:04 Best Practices: Even as little as two or three times a day for 5 minutes is helpful. Longer is better. It has a carryover effect. To get into coherence, you focus on your heart and do heart focused breathing. In addition, you adopt and activate a positive emotion like gratitude, love or care. You can see with the emwave software what that emotion looks like. Within a minute, emotions can shift the pattern. It trains you how to gain coherence without the device. Dr. Rozman uses hers in the morning as part of her meditation or if she is feeling stressed to reset her system. Using HeartMath before bed helps with sleep quality.
24:10 The Power of Practice: Health outcomes are directly correlated with practice. A study of diabetic’s HbA1c levels showed a direct correlation with how much participants practiced their HeartMath. It is like building muscles.
28:06 Becoming More Intuitive: Research is showing that the heart receives information from and responds to intuitive information, like information from non-local fields. As you learn to tune into your heart and heart’s signals, the more you tune into the more intuitive responses.
30:14 New HeatMath Developments: If you call John at HeartMath (831-338-8711) with your product order, he will give you a free download of the HeartMath Brain Fitness System. HeartMath is doing new research on interconnectivity. We and our hearts are connected energetically and connected to the earth’s field. Science has already proven that solar flares and other inputs from the ionosphere effect human health, heart, brain function, sleep and HRV, and therefore our emotions.
33:42 Dr. Rozman’s Elevator Pitch: HeartMath has changed her life, feeling more fulfilled and feeling deeply connected to people. Listen to your heart intelligence.
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