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The Brain’s Messaging System- Neurotransmitters

The Brain’s Messaging System- Neurotransmitters

Neurotransmitters are powerful chemicals that regulate numerous physical and emotional processes such as mental performance, emotional states and pain response. Virtually all functions in life are controlled by neurotransmitters. They are the brain's chemical messengers.

Interactions between neurotransmitters, hormones, and the brain chemicals have a profound influence on overall health and well-being. When our concentration and focus is good, we feel more directed, motivated, and vibrant. Unfortunately, if neurotransmitter levels are inadequate these energizing and motivating signals are absent and we feel more stressed, sluggish, and out-of-control.

Proteins, minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, and fats are the essential nutrients that make up your body. Proteins are the essential components of muscle tissue, organs, blood, enzymes, antibodies, and neurotransmitters in the brain. Your brain needs the proper nutrients every day in order to manufacture proper levels of the neurotransmitters that regulate your mood.

Neurotransmitter Effects:

The chemistry of our bodies can alter, and be altered by our every thought and feeling. Our bodies and our minds are truly interconnected, the health of one depends on the health of the other.

There are many biochemical neurotransmitter imbalances that result in mental health symptoms such as:

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Disrupted communication between the brain and the body can have serious effects to one’s health both physically and mentally. For many years, it has been known in medicine that low levels of these neurotransmitters can cause many diseases and illnesses. A Neurotransmitter imbalance can cause:

What causes a neurotransmitter imbalance?

Prolonged periods of stress can deplete neurotransmitters levels. Our fast paced, fast food society greatly contributes to these imbalances.

Poor Diet. Neurotransmitters are made in the body from proteins. Also required are certain vitamins and minerals called "cofactors". If your nutrition is poor and you do not take in enough protein, vitamins, or minerals to build the neurotransmitters, a neurotransmitter imbalance develops. We really do think and feel what we eat.
Genetic factors, faulty metabolism, and digestive issues can impair absorption and breakdown of our food which reduces are ability to build neurotransmitters.
Toxic substances like heavy metals, pesticides, drug and alcohol use, and some prescription drugs can cause permanent damage to the nerve cells that make neurotransmitters.
Certain drugs and substances such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, NutraSweet, antidepressants, and some cholesterol lowering medications deplete neurotransmitter levels leading to neurotransmitter imbalances.
Hormone changes such as thyroid, adrenal, male and female sex hormones, can cause neurotransmitter imbalances.

Medical conditions such as food and chemical allergy, blood sugar imbalance, inflammatory conditions, GI disorders, and head injury.  

Neurotransmitter Testing    

Neurotransmitter levels can now be determined by a simple and convenient urine test. Knowing your neurotransmitter levels can help you correct a problem today or prevent problems from occurring in the future.


Source:Orginal post from Neuroscience aka