Your brain is an incredible machine.
Even right now, as you read this, your brain is working to understand and remember what you are reading using very special chemicals called “neurotransmitters.”
Before you click off this article out of fear of boredom realize that I don’t plan on giving you a scientific explanation similar to that of the High School biology class that’s been haunting your dreams for years. I’m going to give you a simple, basic, and slightly sarcastic rundown of whats going on within your brain and body regarding neurotransmitters.
Remember, learning is fun…right?
The Basics: Neurotransmitters
In the most simplistic way possible, allow me to define neurotransmitters for you.
Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body. They relay signals between nerve cells, called “neurons.”
Neurotransmitters are the chemicals in your brain that control everything from the most basic human functions to the extremely complex emotions and actions. If you blink your eyes…that was a neurotransmitter. If you swallow your food…neurotransmitters. If you throw a shoe at your boyfriend’s head in a fit of anger…neurotransmitters.
There are two types of Neurotransmitters:
- Inhibitory, meaning they do not stimulate the brain.
- Excitatory, meaning they DO stimulate the brain.
The Cast of Characters
Gaba: This four lettered friend word helps reduce anxiety, nervousness, and Worry. (Inhibitory)
Serotonin: Although Serotonin’s responsible for biological processes such as sleep, appetite, pain, digestion, and generalized well-being, it also plays an important role in how you feel about yourself. Also keep in mind that a lack of Serotonin can lead to feelings of depression. (Inhibitory)
Dopamine: One of the heavy hitters in the story of your life. Dopamine is responsible for the reward center of your brain also known as the pleasure center. It also helps with memory and some motor skills but you don’t care about that because you’re hyper focused on what happens in “the pleasure center.” Get you head out of the gutter! (Excitatory and Inhibitory)
Norepinephrine: Well, besides playing a major role in your fight or flight mechanism, too little norepinephrine can leave you flat, apathetic, foggy headed, lazy, fatigued, miserable, and the poopy pants of the party. (Excitatory)
Epinephrine: More commonly known as adrenaline, Epinephrine regulates attention, mental focus/clarity, arousal, and cognitive abilities. (Excitatory)
Glutamate: Glutamate is your mate in memory and learning. (Excitatory)
Phenylalanine: Focus on this one. You just used phenylalanine to focus on it. Good job. (Excitatory)
It has recently been estimated that approximately 86% off Americans have neurotransmitters that aren’t functioning as they should; meaning they have too much or too little of them squirting around the brain.
Life’s stress, junk food, alcohol, medications, addictions, jet fuel (coffee) and genetics are all contributing factors to a sub-par balancing of the neuro-T’s.
That doesn’t mean the you just have some arbitrary off balance chemicals floating around. It means, depending on what neurotransmitter is effected, that you aren’t able to focus, truly laugh, produce enough energy to make it through the day, able to remember what you had for breakfast, enjoy or even want sex, and so on.
Balancing It All: How to Help
Allow me to put on my Captain Obvious hat for a moment here and offer you two statements:
- You will never be in perfect balance. A lot of us strive for balance whether it be through meditating on a cliff in the Andes Mountains or measuring our food out to the ounce on a meat stained scale. Well, that’s fine and healthy for you to do but don’t be too hard on yourself if you fall short. No one will ever be in perfect mental and physical balance.
- You can help improve your symptoms and brain balance by eating more nutrient-rich foods, exercising at least 30 minutes a day, and supplementing your diet with nutraceuticals. You can continue to improve it by ceasing to consume processed foods, sitting on your big tush all day, and consuming sugar like it was cocaine in the 90’s.
In my humble opinion (for all those readers that only understand “text talk” what I just said is: IMHO), the reason Americans are so out of whack when it comes to the neuros is because we are so focused on living the go-go-go lifestyle that we ignore the basic dietary needs of our biology.
Disease rates are through the roof, mental illness has skyrocketed, and there is literally an addiction pandemic occurring in America. It’s no coincidence that while those rates are rising, so are the rates in which technology and instant gratification are making appearances in all aspects of our lives.
Take a few moments each day to give your brain and body the attention it needs. I know it’s hard to drive past that McDonald’s window without salivating but give it a whirl. Treat yo’ self.
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