What are Neurotransmitters?
Neurotransmitters (NT’s) are small molecules made of amino acids that carry information from the end of one nerve to the beginning of a second nerve. This is the way that brain cells communicate with each other as well as the organs of the body. Neurotransmitters produce either a stimulatory or inhibitory effect, and can affect everything from your mood, sleep, concentration, weight, libido, and outlook.
There are five critical neurotransmitters (NT’s) (provide hyperlinks with more info on each NT)
When, how, and in what ratio these neurotransmitters are used create profound effects in your body.
How do Neurotransmitters function in healthy people?
Healthy people produce balanced NT’s that support the body’s physical and emotional needs. The nervous system will be responsive to events that happen, but will readily return to a normal state. Their outlook on life is optimistic and they will have a general feeling of being satisfied.
How do Neurotransmitters function in unhealthy people?
People who are over stressed typically present with neurotransmitters that are imbalanced and out of range. This is usually caused by a reduced production of inhibitory NT’s. When these signals are strong enough or occur for a long enough period of time, it is difficult to return to a normal state and negative clinical effects occur. People then find themselves in a rut, and find that the longer they go on the harder it is to recover.
Effects of imbalanced Neurotransmiiters
These symptoms can be the following:
Too much stimulation
Too much inhibition
Oobsessive compulsive disorder
Attention deficit disorder
Low sex drive
What can trigger Neurotransmitters going out of balance?
The human body is designed to keep neurotransmitters in balance. But modern living has changed considerably increased demands are negatively affecting this stability. It is estimated that 86% of Americans have imbalanced Neurotransmitter levels.
Hormones exert a strong influence on how the body is able to balance neurotransmitter levels. One of the most influential hormones is cortisol, a stress hormone that is controlled by the adrenal gland. Normally, cortisol is used in short bursts to protect the body during times of stress. But for people who experience chronic stress, to much cortisol can have negative effects. Unless the body uses up the excess cortisol through physical activity, this excess hormone can inflame neurotransmitter production, affecting our moods, appetite and metabolism.
Hormonal changes that we experience as we get older can affect muscle mass while women enter menopause. These changes can alter the amount of estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone in the body. As the level of these sex hormones change, your body changes with it along with the Neuro response from your brain.
One of the most notable changes that occurs is that we start to gain more body fat. This is because sex hormones help regulate how much body fat we carry and where it is distributed. The problem with this is that once this process starts, it gets harder to reverse. The reason for this is that body fat is not inert, it is biologically active. Excess body fat increases the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. This excess estrogen causes the body to accumulate even more body fat, which pushes the body towards obesity if nothing is done.
Body fat is also a store for toxins. It is in your fat reserves that the body stores what it cannot eliminate through the kidney or metabolize through the liver. These toxins act as hormone like chemicals that send out signals that interfere with the balancing act the body performs. Everything from appetite, to metabolism, to insulin resistance can be effected by what your body is storing in its fat cells. Studies have shown that BPA, the xenoestrogen found in plastic water bottles, has been shown to act like the hormone estrogen and bioaccumulates in fat cells.
How does modern medicine attempt to treat this problem?
Modern medicine attempts to treat neurotransmitter imbalances with drugs that can make the problem worse. Rather than use natural methods to correct imbalances, such as amino acids, drug companies focus on novel ways that produce stimulatory or inhibitory effects because they can be patented.
Their focus is not on returning the body to normal function, but on decreasing the symptoms the patient is experiencing. But because these drugs are unnatural to the body, the effects are often over stimulation or under stimulation.
That's why so many drugs that effect the brain have so many side effects. Rather than trying to achieve a steady state, modern pharmaceuticals tend to overshoot where the body wants to be and cause negative symptoms. A classic example of this is evident in the fact that all antidepressants can lead to weight gain.
Making matters worse. The body, which is always trying to establish equilibrium, will begin to compensate for these effects by becoming more resistant to the drug. This means that to achieve the same level of effectiveness, you will have to take a higher dose of your medicine often with a much greater amount of side effects.
Rather than test people individually for the dose they need, drug companies take a one size fits all approach to therapy. Drug companies will often have only three strengths for any given drug. But without testing someone’s labs and then customizing the amount of effect that is wanted, you risk not only ineffectiveness but also a wide range of side effects.
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The goal should be to restore your bodies normal function, not just to cover up your symptoms.
Fixing your problems should not be a roller coaster ride between one extreme and the other. It should not be about trading off one set of problems for another. The result should always be to
correct the underlying problems so you can achieve long term relief with the fewest side effects.
In contrast to pharmaceutical companies that use drugs that are neither safe nor effective, we use natural amino acids and metabolic co-factors to bring your body back into alignment. Rather than sway from one extreme to another, the use of amino acids helps the body stabilize its neurotransmitter levels naturally.
By using a simple noninvasive evaluation(salivary testing for hormone evaluation and urine testing for Neurotransmitter levels) we can determine where the imbalances are.
In addition to balancing hormone and neurotransmitter levels, the need for a comprehensive approach that addresses body chemistry, weight loss, and detoxification must be understood.
Due to the interconnected nature of the human body, most people who present with neurotransmitter problems will also have issues to be dealt with elsewhere. When these complications exist together, they produce a synergistic negative effect that make it difficult to reverse without help. Only by eliminating what is causing your neurotransmitters to go out of balance in the first place can you begin to feel normal and healthy again.