Understanding the Complexity of Neurotransmitters
What is going on in our bodies can be traced to the neurotransmitters or the chemicals in our brains that connects between brain cells. Our behaviour, emotions, ability to learn and even the way we sleep are regulated by these neurotransmitters. So when these chemicals are not in its proper balance, our energy levels are affected up to how we focus and feel.
Studies revealed that neurotransmitters have great influence on our mood, and an imbalance of these chemicals will lead to emotional disorders and mental illness in patients.
The cells that are responsible for receiving, processing, and transferring information to other cells are our brain cells called neurons. In order for neurons to have direct contact with the other cells, the rely on the highly specialized chemicasl called neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are composed of amino acids coming from proteins. With insufficient neurotransmitters, relayed messages may be incorrect.
The important neurotransmitters that can affect our moods are acetylcholine, serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, GABA, and endorphins.
There are conditions that are caused by imbalanced neurotransmitter. Emotional and physiological disorders are caused by low levels of neurotransmitters. Examples of these are depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety disorder, chronic pain disorder, eating disorder, sleeping disorder, obesity, migraines, adrenal dysfunction, premenstrual syndrome, and psychosis.
If there is an imbalance of neurotransmitter, there could be a high level of stress. Diet plays an important part in maintaining the levels of neurotransmitters. A sufficient level of neurotransmitters can be obtained with good supply of dietary protein, plus vitamins and minerals. If you are into heavy medications, drugs and alcohol, with genetics and hormone imbalances, these will contribute to the lowering of neurotransmitter levels.
Typically, it involves treatment for the disorders mentioned.
There is simple tool for neurotransmitter testing that can determine precisely the cause of the symptoms leading to neurotransmitters imbalance.
The cause of the condition can be treated with the neurotransmitter testing. In several cases, therapeutic drugs may not be needed but changes of lifestyle habits and use of natural remedies can correct already the imbalance.
A simple blood or urine sample can be used to test neurotransmitter imbalance. It is affordable to have these tests since most can be covered with insurance plans. Treatment can be given properly if there is proper identification of the imbalance.
Psychiatrists have realized how important is neurotransmitter therapy to patients suffering from disorders like anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other related disorders.
It is important for a physician to study the patient’s brain in order to understand the neurotransmitter therapy needed for the patient. If the brain chemistry is detected to have an imbalance, it can lead to conditions such as stress, poor dietary habits, and drug or alcohol addiction leading to mental illness.
There are two types of neurotransmitters and these are the inhibitory and excitatory.
Source: Dr. James Eells in Las Vegas