Know The Brain Systems That Run Your Life

Anterior Cingulate Gyrus (ACG)

Is the brain’s gear shifter and involved with cognitive flexibility. It allows people to go from thought to thought and idea to idea, and be cooperative by getting outside of oneself. When it is overactive, often due to lower serotonin levels, people tend to get stuck on negative thoughts or behaviors. They can worry, hold grudges, and get upset when things don’t go their way. They can also be argumentative or oppositional. Strategies to calm the ACG include istraction, generating options, intense exercise, a diet filled with smart carbohydrates (low-carbohydrate diets usually make ACG symptoms worse), and supplements such as DHA omega 3s and 5-HTP or saffron.