Do you suffer from anxiety or depression?

Do you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night?

Men, has your libido fizzled?

Women, do you dread the weeks before your period?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, your neurotransmitters may be the underlying cause why you’re not getting the optimum health you deserve.

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What are neurotransmitters and the impact on our Health?

Just like hormones, neurotransmitters are chemical messengers used by our nervous system to relay information between our brain and body through the network of nerves.

Whatever we feel, hear, touch, smells, or ingest, our brain relays that information through our nervous system and to its intended receptor. Optimal neurotransmitter balance is necessary to maintain proper health.

Otherwise, our nervous systems optimum performance will start to degrade. It also triggers an imbalance that will lead to neurological or psychological symptoms and diseases.

Neurotransmitters and their effects

There are many neurotransmitters in our body, but their main functions are divided into two categories, namely:

Excitatory

  • Dopamine – also known as the brain’s pleasure and reward centre. It plays a great role in improving our attention, focus, and motivation as we do things that please us.

  • Epinephrine and Norepinephrine – on the other hand, stimulates our “fight or flight” response. It helps decide when should you fight back or just retreat in a challenging situation. It elevates your blood pressure, heart rate and wakefulness.

  • Glutamate – better known as the “on” switch in the brain. It reduces sleepiness, optimizes learning memory, mood and even libido.

  • Histamine – it is responsible for our metabolism, wakefulness and suppresses appetite.

  • PEA – it promotes energy, elevates mood, attention, and serves as a biomarker of ADHD.

Inhibitory:

  • GABA the opposite of Glutamate. It is the “off” switch in the brain. It improves your mood, relieves anxiety and promotes sound sleep.

  • Glycine – plays a major role, as it serves as a building block to proteins. It also helps improve sleep quality, calms aggression, and fights inflammation.

  • Serotonin – also known as the “happiness molecule”. This neurotransmitter gives off adrenaline-calming properties. It helps ease depression and anxiety. It also promotes sleep and decreases appetite.

Neurotransmitter imbalance and the impact

If you are suffering from three or more of these symptoms, you may have a neurotransmitter imbalance:

  • Anxiety and Depression – this chronic condition occur when you have an imbalance with Glutamate, PEA, Histamine, and Serotonin.

  • Fatigue – this happens when an imbalance between the excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters occurs.

  • Impulsivity – GABA, Dopamine and Serotonin are three chemical messengers commonly linked to disorders like ADD, ADHD and OCD.

  • Insomnia – Glutamate, Histamine, Dopamine, GABA and Serotonin are several chemical messengers often linked to sleep disturbances and insomnia.

  • PMS or PMDD – imbalances such as Serotonin, Dopamine, Norepinephrine and GABA are often involved.

Patient Quiz:

  1. Do you often feel worried or anxious? (Y/N)
  2. Is your mood low – do you struggle to be happy? (Y/N)
  3. Are you prone to panic attacks – heart racing, difficulty breathing? (Y/N)
  4. Do you struggle with impulsivity issues? (Y/N)
  5. Do you have issues with addictions – food, medications, drugs or alcohol? (Y/N)
  6. Have you been diagnosed with a mental health disorder? (Y/N)
  7. Are you easily agitated, or prone to irritation and impatience?(Y/N)
  8. Do you harbour negative or critical feelings?(Y/N)
  9. Do you have a gloomy outlook or pessimistic thoughts? (Y/N)
  10. Do you feel overwhelmed by life or feel like your life is out of control? (Y/N)
  11. Do you find it hard to get out of bed most mornings? (Y/N)
  12. Is it impossible for you to get going without coffee or sugary drinks/foods? (Y/N)
  13. Do you often feel “tired and wired”? (Y/N)
  14. Do you often have sleep disturbances, restlessness or bad dreams? (Y/N)
  15. Do you have repetitive behaviors – like hand washing, cleaning or checking and straightening objects? (Y/N)
  16. Are you prone to hyperactivity or poor concentration? (Y/N)
  17. Do you get symptoms of excessive moodiness, tears, anger or depression around your period?(Y/N)