Sniffing Black Pepper Three Times: The Life-Changing Habit Breaker
I want to share with you something today that you’re going to find quite fascinating. It’s all about black pepper. Yes, we’re going to be sniffing this, but you need to understand the physiology, what happens in the brain, what it can do to help break habits, particularly smoking.
So if you’re a smoker or you know, anyone else that is a smoker, you definitely need to watch this video. But if you have habits, which we all do, I’m sure that everyone is going to benefit from, hopefully sniffing your black pepper.
And wouldn’t it be nice to break a habit just by triggering a unique sensory reaction that involves the brain and your nervous system? The compound of black pepper that elicits this response is called pipperine.
And black pepper is quite powerful because that pipperine, we’ve been taught, helps turmeric, the active compound curcumin, get to the cells much easier. When we combine turmeric and black pepper, it’s that pipperine. But let me explain to you what it first does in our brain so we can break these habits.
When you sniff black pepper, the pungent aroma stimulates the olfactory receptors in the nasal passages, sending signals to the olfactory bulb in the brain. And the olfactory bulb is part of the limbic system, which is involved in emotions, memory and motivation.
The stimulation of this olfactory bulb triggers a cascade of neural activity, potentially influencing the brain’s perception and response to certain stimuli. And when we sniff black pepper, that temporary change takes us away from that stimulus of what we’ve craved.
Working within the brain, that does a lot more than taking the urge away, because it increases the dopamine release in the brain’s reward pathways. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure, motivation and reinforcement of behaviors.
And it also impacts the serotonin levels of the brain as well, increasing your better mood, your emotional processing and your behavior. And the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis is also affected. It lowers stress levels, it lowers cortisol levels, it increases endorphins, giving you that high, that feeling of relaxation, putting you in that great mood.
And that’s important to break bad habits. So here’s the exciting part. Inexpensive black pepper, that aroma, those oils, the pipperine, making those changes in our brain, increasing endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, neurotransmitters are being changed, as well as those hormones.
When you have that crave three sniffs, ah, it particularly if you’re a smoker or even have those bad habits, drinking or whatever it may be, I want you to explore on your own and you just may be shocked.
I hope you enjoyed this video and please share it with those who can benefit. Please leave your comments below and most important, make it a great day. I’m Dr. Alan Mandel.