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…


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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