By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
A neurotransmitter is an essential messenger of the nervous system. The brain uses neurotransmitters to signal your body to work. This is the brain’s way of communicating to other parts of the body like signaling the heart to beat, mental performance, the digestion to function, and the brain to react a certain way. They are also responsible for our moods, weight gain, sleep cycle, perception to pain, and much more.
To sum it up it is the communication system for the brain to the whole body, mind, and nervous system. Neurotransmitters regulate every system in the body directly or indirectly. Neurotransmitter may not be a word that is commonly heard every day, but it is estimated that eight out of ten people may have either a neurotransmitter imbalance or a neurotransmitter deficiency. These neurotransmitter imbalances or deficiency are the root of many health issues that are common in our society as you will see a little further.
There are two main categories for neurotransmitters: inhibitory and excitatory. Inhibitory neurotransmitters are focused on calmness and balance, while excitatory neurotransmitters are focused on stimulation and concentration. Examples of inhibitory neurotransmitter are serotonin, GABA, and endorphins. Examples of excitatory neurotransmitter are norepinephrine, epinephrine, histamine, and glutamate. Acetylcholine and dopamine can be inhibitory or excitatory.
Here are some signs of neurotransmitter imbalances and or deficiencies:
Alcoholism and drug addiction
Any form of addiction
Weight gain and inability to lose weight
Lack of motivation
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Now you can see why so much of society is affected by their neurotransmitters and how most people have no idea that their neurotransmitters are imbalanced. The good news is that you Can support your neurotransmitter with proper testing or screening and through nutrition. If you this information made something “click” for you, give our office a call. We want to help you feel and function your best!
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