What The Hell Is A Nuerotransmitter? Vol:1

Neurotransmitters are endogenous chemicals that enable neurotransmission.

They transmit signals across a chemical synapse, such as in a neuromuscular junction, from one neuron (nerve cell) to another “target” neuron, muscle cell, or gland cell.

Think heart beating, lungs breathing, stomach digesting.

Made Locally…

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Many neurotransmitters are synthesised from simple & plentiful precursors such as amino acids, which are readily available from the diet & only require a small number of biosynthetic steps to convert them.

Neurotransmitters play a major role in shaping everyday life & functions. Their exact numbers are unknown but more than 100 chemical messengers have been identified.

 

So What Do You Do For A Living?…

Nuerotransmitters are the brain chemicals that communicate information throughout your brain & body. 

They relay signals between nerve cells, called “neurons.” 

The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe & your stomach to digest. 

They can also affect mood, sleep, concentration, weight & can cause adverse symptoms when they are out of balance.

 

Burning Out…

Neurotransmitter levels can be depleted in many ways. 

As a matter of fact, it is estimated that 86% of Americans have suboptimal neurotransmitter levels. 

Stress, poor diet, neurotoxins, genetic predisposition, drugs (prescription & recreational), alcohol & caffeine usage can cause these levels to be out of optimal range.

 

Stick Or Twist?…

There are two kinds of neurotransmitters – INHIBITORY & EXCITATORY

Excitatory neurotransmitters are not necessarily exciting – they are what stimulate the brain. 

Those that calm the brain & help create balance are called inhibitory. 

Inhibitory neurotransmitters balance mood & are easily depleted when the excitatory neurotransmitters are overactive – which is very common these days. 

 

Next Time…

I’ll go into a little detail about the main nuerotransmitters, why it’s beneficial to know about them & how they can help improve your health & performance.

 

Until then, To Your Best Health

 

Daniel Grant

The ShapeTrainer

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