Is Your Brain Imbalance the Root of Your Symptoms?
What are Neurotransmitters?
Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body. They relay signals between nerve cells, called “neurons.” The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest. They can also affect mood, sleep, concentration, weight, and can cause adverse symptoms when they are out of balance. Neurotransmitter levels can be depleted many ways. As a matter of fact, it is estimated that 86% of Americans have suboptimal neurotransmitter levels. Stress, poor diet, neurotoxins, genetic predisposition, drugs (prescription and recreational), alcohol and caffeine usage can cause these levels to be out of optimal range.
There are two kinds of neurotransmitters – INHIBITORY and EXCITATORY. Excitatory neurotransmitters (Dopamine, Nor-epinepherine, Epinepherine and Glutamate) are what stimulate the brain. Those that calm the brain and help create balance are called inhibitory. Inhibitory neurotransmitters (Serotonin, GABA) balance mood and are easily depleted when the excitatory neurotransmitters are overactive.
What is Neurotransmitter Testing and Why is it Important?
There are many substances transmitted from one nerve to another that control many psychological and physical functions within the body. These neurotransmitters include Serotonin, GABA, Dopamine, Nor-epinepherine, Epinepherine and Glutamate. In addition, there are hormones that work in conjunction with these neurotransmitters such as cortisol, thyroid, testosterone, DHEA, estrogen and progesterone to achieve harmony within the body. Balancing these functions an contribute to an improvement in hot flushes, insomnia, libido, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and lack of focus.
What do Neurotransmitter Test Results Look Like?
View a sample neurotransmitter test report to find out.
How is Neurotransmitter Testing Done?
It is a simple test done at home involving urine and saliva. The samples are then sent to the lab with results available in approximately two weeks.
How are Neurotransmitter Imbalances Treated?
Treatment involves targeted nutritional supplements designed to enhance the body’s production of specific neurotransmitters or hormonal function.
If you would like to learn more about neurotransmitters and your health please call for a Holistic Health Consultation with Dr. Mary.
Mary J. Houge, ND, L.Ac., LMBT