Think heart beating, lungs breathing, stomach digesting.
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.
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.
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