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Feel Better When You Balance Your Brain Neurotransmitters

Your brain is a massive signaling system. Neurons within the brain are constantly talking to each other. They also talk to the rest of your body, and listen to your body as well.

This complex communication system relies on neurotransmitters to communicate. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that allow neurons to talk to each other. Neurotransmitters and hormones allow the brain to talk to the rest of the body.

Neurotransmitter balance is necessary for health and especially if you want to feel good. Anti-depressant drugs is one way medicine attempts to re-balance neurotransmitters so that we feel better.

New testing methods allow us to now test the levels of 12 neurotransmitters through urine samples. Testing includes serotonin, GABA, dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, glutamate and phenylethylamine.

In many cases, particularly when there are complaints of fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, difficulty losing weight, it is helpful to also test for levels of two key hormones produced by the adrenal glands–cortisol and DHEA. Chronic stress can through these hormones out of balance and have a profound influence on our health. Nutritional supplements can restore these adrenal hormones to normal as well.

Symptoms and conditions associated with out of balance neurotransmitters and adrenal hormones

Cortisol

Low: fatigue, anxiousness

High: anxiousness, sleep difficulties, low immune activity

DHEA

Low: fatigue, menopause symptoms, low sex hormone levels

High: anxiousness

Epinephrine

Low: fatigue, low mood, lack of motivation

High: anxiousness, sleep difficulties, attention issues

Norepinephrine

Low: fatigue, lack of focus, lack of motivation, low mood, sleep difficulties, hot flashes, headaches

High: anxiousness, stress, excessive energy, high blood pressure

Dopamine

Low: urges, impulsivity, cravings, movement disorders

High: poor intestinal function, developmental delay, attention issues

Serotonin

Low: low mood, sleep difficulties, uncontrolled appetite, headaches, hot flashes

High: SSRI medications, stress, platelet aggregation

GABA

Low: uncontrolled excessive energy, uncontrolled anxiousness, uncontrolled sleep difficulties, poor impulse control

High: excessive energy, anxiousness, sleep difficulties, headaches

Glutamate

Low: fatigue, learning difficulties

High: anxiousness, low mood, activated immune system

(More information on neurotransmitter testing is available at NeuroScience.)

Rebalancing neurotransmitter levels with nutritional supplementation

Neurotransmitters are all derivatives of (made from) protein building blocks called amino acids. Once the pattern of imbalance is known, targeted nutrition with amino acids and other key nutrients can be used build up levels of depleted neurotransmitters.

For instance, if serotonin levels are depleted, supplementation with 5-htp and other nutrients that the body needs to manufacture serotonin are used to replenish the brains ability to manufacture serotonin.

Similar nutritional strategies have been mapped out for each of the major neurotransmitters. Brain balance can thereby be achieved in a safe, drug free way.