Neurotransmitter Evaluation and Treatment

Neurotransmitter Imbalance

Neurotransmitters are molecules made out of amino acids that serve as the chemical messengers of the nervous system. They transmit information between the brain and the organs to control vital functions such as breathing and heart rate. Neurotransmitters are also involved in our cognitive functions such as thinking and memory, and can affect our emotions or sleep.

There are a number of factors that can diminish our body's supply of neurotransmitters. These include:

  • Chronic stress: Stress and anxiety force the body to work at a frantic pace and might cause the neurons to use more neurotransmitters than normal to help us deal with the situation.
  • Diet: Our bodies produce neurotransmitters from amino acids and protein, and we obtain these substances through the foods we eat. By not consuming a balanced diet, our bodies may not have the fuel it needs to produce a balanced supply of neurotransmitters.
  • Neurotoxins: These are chemicals that affect the natural function of our nervous system. They include items such as alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine.
  • Genetics: In some circumstances, a healthier diet and methods for coping with stress aren't enough to support a regular supply of neurotransmitters. That's because some neurotransmitter imbalances are inherited through our genes.

Symptoms of Neurotransmitter Imbalance

Neurotransmitter Imbalance

Since neurotransmitters play a vital role in the way our brain interacts with our immune, endocrine, digestive, and nervous systems, a depleted supply can lead to a host of problems. People suffering from a neurotransmitter imbalance may experience:

  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Irritability
  • ADD
  • ADHD
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory decline
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Headaches
  • Weight issues
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Digestive troubles

Treatment of Neurotransmitter Imbalance

Neurotransmitter Imbalance

In recent years, technology has advanced to a point where doctors can now measure the level of neurotransmitters in your system. These tests can include the monitoring of chemicals such as:

  • Serotonin
  • Dopamine
  • Epinephrine
  • Norepinephrine
  • GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid)
  • Histamine
  • Glutamate
  • Glycine
  • Phenylethylamine

Pharmaceuticals may be used to balance these chemicals within the body. Natural treatment approaches are also available.

The first step in a balanced treatment plan is to monitor your lifestyle, which includes an examination of your dietary habits. Your doctor may also recommend a body cleansing to rid your system of any potential toxins.

Another technique that has proven effective in treating a neurotransmitter imbalance is called Targeted Amino Acid Therapy. Through a combination of amino acids and vitamin supplements, your doctor will likely try to stimulate your body's natural production of neurotransmitters.

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