Neurotransmitters are natural chemicals that regulate numerous physical and emotional processes such as mental performance, emotional state, physical energy and pain response. These chemicals play a very important role in allowing the body to function properly and sustain optimal mental and physical health. Neurotransmitters help the brain balance emotions, and manage the hormonal signals that are sent throughout the body. When neurotransmitters are properly balanced, concentration and focus are enhanced, and feelings of direction, motivation, and vitality are increased. Conversely, if neurotransmitters are unbalanced these energizing and motivating signals are decreased resulting in feelings of stress, sluggishness, and confusion.
Neurotransmitter imbalances are associated with many chronic symptoms and conditions including:
- Mood concerns like depression and anxiety
- Appetite control, insulin resistance
- Poor mental focus, ADD, and ADHD
- Low physical energy and stamina
- Addiction and dependency
- Fatigue and sleep disorders
- Low libido
- Sexual dysfunction
- Low pain tolerance
The first step towards better health is to identify possible imbalances with a lab test. After testing, rebalancing neurotransmitters can be done with a combination of natural treatment options such as natural supplements that include amino acids and proper nutrients specific to neurotransmitter support. We will also look at lifestyle factors that include exercise, relaxtion and eating a healthy and balanced diet.
Rebalancing can help you:
- Feel energetic, inspired and motivated
- Have a healthy sex life
- Be less sensitive to pain
- Maintain good mental focus and concentration
- Manage cravings and have a healthy appetite
- Control addiction and dependency
You may have heard of some neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. But do you know how each one can affect your health?
"Serotonin is key to feelings of happiness and very important emotions because it helps defend against both anxiety and depressed moods."
A lack of serotonin is one of the most common contributors to mood related problems. Serotonin is considered the 'master neurotransmitter', yet around 80% of our population is deficient! Serotonin is key to feelings of happiness and very important emotions because it helps defend against both anxiety and depressed moods. Serotonin regulates many processes connected to other health issues such as carbohydrate cravings, sleep cycles, pain tolerance, and appropriate digestion.
Dopamine is referred to as the 'feel good' neurotransmitter because it is responsible for motivation and drive to do things. Dopamine is associated with positive feelings such as being in love, exercising, listening to music, and having sex. Insufficient dopamine can cause difficulty in initiating or completing tasks, concentration to be poor, low energy, and a lack of motivation. A low dopamine level can also lead to addictive and compulsive behavior.
"Insufficient dopamine can cause difficulty in initiating or completing tasks, concentration to be poor, low energy and a lack of motivation...[it] can also lead to addictive and compulsive behavior."
You may have heard of norepinephrine and epinephrine as 'noradrenaline' and 'adrenaline'. These neurotransmitters are critical in managing the body's stress response. When someone is presented with a stressful or scary situation, these neurotransmitters work together to regulate the body functions that allow an appropriate response to stress. These important body functions include increased heart rate and blood pressure for alertness, quick muscle response to move, and dilated pupils to see better. When these neurotransmitters are imbalanced the body can either be non-reactive or over-reactive to even mild stress events.
There are other potential neurotransmitter imbalances contributing to symptoms as well. The benefit for you is that addressing these imbalances can be a very simple and effective approach to feeling better! At NuWave Wellness Center, we can test your neurotransmitter levels easily, and help you start feeling better!