Neurotransmitters and Its Relation to How Our Body Functions
Neurotransmiters are chemicals in our brain that acts as messengers between brains cells, and can be attributed to what goes on in our bodies. Neurotransmitters are known to control how we feel, how we behave, our learning ability, and our sleeping habits. With an improper balance of these chemicals, everything in our body from our energy levels, ability to focus and how we feel could be affected.
Scientific studies showed that insufficient levels of neurotransmitters influence our moods, and can be identified with persons having emotional disorders and mental illness.
Our brains have neurons which are responsible for receiving information, processing it and transferring it to other cells. These neurons do not have direct contact with one another and so they rely on the neurotransmitters, a highly specialized chemicals in our brain, as a means of transmission.
Neurotransmitters are composed of amino acids coming from proteins. So if the neurotransmitters are at insufficient levels, important messages may not pass along correctly.
The important neurotransmitters that can affect our moods are acetylcholine, serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, GABA, and endorphins.
Several conditions happened due to the imbalanced neurotransmitter. Some of these disorders are known to be emotional and physiological related. The following emotional and physiological disorders 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. It is said to be that diet can affect greatly the maintenance of neurotransmitter levels. With vitamins and minerals plus sufficient dietary proteins, a good level of neurotransmitters can be maintained. 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.
With some neurotransmitter testing procedures, imbalance of neurotransmitters will be clarified.
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.
To test for neurotransmitter imbalance, a simple blood or urine sample can be conducted. 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.
The importance of neurotransmitter therapy to patients suffering disorders like anxiety, insomnia, depression and other related disorders has been acknowledged by psychiatrists.
It is advisable for a physician to study the brain of the patient in order to understand the neurotransmitter system of a patient prior to giving him or her the therapy. 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.
Inhibitory and excitatory types are the two classifications of neurotransmitters.
Source: Dr. James Eells