Everything that is psychological is biological.
Symptoms, conditions, and diseases in the body may be caused by many different, and likely complex, factors. It is rarely just one system of the body that is involved.
Everything in the body is rated to everything else. For example, your low energy levels could be related to the trauma you experienced as a child as a result of your parent’s divorce which could be related to any hormonal imbalances you have which could be related to the extra weight you’ve gained which could be related to your relationship with food which could be related with an unhealthy digestive system…
This is good news, because when you begin to heal one system, you begin to heal many others.
Your neurotransmitter system could be one of those systems that could be impacting your life, causing a chain reaction that is affecting your mental, physical, and emotional health.
If you suffer from anxiety, low mood, low motivation, poor sleep, digestive upset, and so many other issues, you may be able to see some improvements by simply optimizing your neurotransmitters.
What is a neurotransmitter?
Neurotransmitters are little chemical messengers found in your brain, muscles, and glands that control your mood, breathing, and the beating of your heart. They also control your thoughts, motivations, and sleep. They raise your mood, help you to relax, relieve pain, find meaningful connections with others and so much more. In fact, they control just about everything that you do.
How neurotransmitters work
“Neuro” refers to your nerves and a “transmitter” is something that communicates messages, so a neurotransmitter is a chemical that communicates messages from one nerve cell, or neuron, to another nerve cell. In other words, neurotransmitters “talk” to each other.
There are tiny spaces between neurons. It is in these spaces, called synapses, where these messages get sent from one neuron to another. Synapse means “to clasp together.” In this case, it means to clasp together one neuron to the receptor site of another neuron, like pitching a baseball into the glove (receptor) of a catcher who catches it. The information being pitched (communicated) are instructions to take the proteins that are floating in a synapse and build one of many different kinds of neurotransmitters that the body requires, such as serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, GABA etc. These are all examples of neurotransmitters.
Three important neurotransmitters
There are over 100 different kinds of neurotransmitters. They cause emotions, cause us to fall asleep, help us to stay alert, remember, learn, move, and do just about everything we do.
Here are three important neurotransmitters that your body needs to function well.
1. GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid)
- Do you have tense muscles?
- Do you have difficulty relaxing?
- Are you restless?
- Are you disorganization?
- Are you frequently late for appointments?
- Do you feel more on the inside than you show on the outside?
- Do you worry a lot?
- Do you often feel a sense of dread?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be low in GABA.
Having sufficient levels of GABA will not only help elevate your mood but also help your muscles to relax, which will relieve any muscle pain you experience. One major benefit of GABA is that it calms down activated microglia in the brain, which is the main cause of brain inflammation.
Low levels of GABA are associated with panic attacks, feeling overwhelmed, and being burnt out. Causes of low GABA could be chronic stress, too much sugar and alcohol in your diet, and gluten sensitivity.
- Do you struggle with low mood, depression, or anxiety?
- Are you on a SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) or a SNRI (Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor)?
- Do you regularly consume alcohol?
- Do you have sugar cravings?
- Do you have digestive issues?
- Do you have brain fog?
- Do you have poor sleep?
- Do you suffer with headaches or migraines?
- Do you have anger issues?
- If you are a woman, do you suffer from PMS?
These are all signs that you could be low on serotonin.
Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that helps you to relax and promotes a sense of well-being and happiness. It is the neurotransmitter that calms your nerves, increases your memory, affects your appetite, and improves your mood.
Serotonin is made both in your brain and in the good bacteria in your gut as well as in enterochromaffin cells that line the insides of your digestive tract. This is why is vitally important to have a healthy digestive system because 90% of your serotonin is made in your gut.
- Are you irritable when stressed?
- Do you have difficulty starting a project?
- Do you lack motivation?
- Do you have difficulty completing tasks?
- Do you feel that your relationships lack meaning?
- Do you self-isolate?
Yes? You may be low in dopamine.
Dopamine is a kind of reward system that makes you feel good. It influences how you move, learn, pay attention, get motivated, and feel pleasure.
Too much dopamine has been linked to schizophrenia, addictions, and impulsive behavior.
Neurotransmitters are vital to good health. They work together with your endocrine system (hormones) to regulate your entire body to restore health and balance to your body. Although there are many factors involved in healing your mental and physical health, supporting your neurotransmitter system could be a good place to start.
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