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Do You Have Normal Brain Chemistry?

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 by in Blog | 0 comments

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Your Four Major Neurotransmitters

As a kinesiologist and nutritionist, I use natural healing remedies to balance 26 neurotransmitters in your brain.

What are neurotransmitters?

They are the chemical messengers through which your nerve cells communicate and control virtually every function in your body.

Keeping your neurotransmitters balanced is the key to overcoming depression and anxiety, alcoholism, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder or any other mental/emotional illness.

You may think to yourself, “I am very mentally/emotionally healthy. What could this article possibly have to do with me?”

When your brain chemistry is balanced, you will feel able to focus and concentrate easily, stay alert, remember things, feel happy and complete your life’s tasks easily. You feel young at heart even as you age and are able to function at peak capacity during the day and sleep soundly throughout the night.

Because your brain is the most important organ in your entire body, taking better care of your brain may have profoundly beneficial effects on your entire health – not just your mental and emotional outlook.

The very first healing work I ever studied was natural healing methods for the brain. After learning Brain Gym and studying brain healing with Sue Maes of Ontario, Canada, I was totally hooked. I saw the profound results both in myself and in my clients.

The four most important neurotransmitters in your brain include:

  • Dopamine – the pleasure and reward neurotransmitter responsible for attention and focus
  • Acetylcholine – responsible for memory
  • GABA – which puts the brakes on excitatory neurotransmitters, allowing you to calm down
  • Serotonin – the happy mood molecule

 Signs You May Have A Dopamine Deficiency

  • You feel like you have lost your drive in life
  • You have adrenal burnout
  • You have difficulty concentrating and remembering
  • You need caffeine to wake up
  • You crave sugar
  • You can’t think quickly enough
  • You don’t have a good attention span
  • You have trouble getting through a task even if it’s interesting to you
  • You have decreased libido
  • You struggle to get motivated to exercise
  • You sleep too much
  • You are a low energy person, both physically and mentally
  • You crave cocaine or amphetamines
  • You feel worn out for no apparent reason
  • You feel down or depressed
  • You feel like people take advantage of you
  • People tell you that you are too mellow
  • You feel unable to make quick decisions
  • You have a history of alcohol addiction

 Signs You May Have An Acetylcholine Deficiency

  • You have to write things down so you don’t forget them
  • It is hard for you to do math in your head
  • You misplace your keys, wallet or other items frequently
  • It is hard for you to follow the plot in a movie or a book
  • You get stressed when you have to learn something new
  • You lack imagination
  • You have difficulty remembering names even when you first meet people
  • You notice your memory is decreasing
  • You can’t remember birthdays or anniversaries
  • You have lost your creativity
  • You have insomnia
  • You have lost muscle tone
  • You feel despair
  • You have little to no joy in your life
  • You feel more comfortable being alone rather than in a large group
  • You tend to be submissive to others
  • You prefer routine activities and have difficulty changing your routine
  • You feel obsessed with what is wrong with you
  • You don’t feel passionate about anything

 

 Signs You May Have A GABA Deficiency

  • You feel anxious most of the time
  • You can’t remember phone numbers
  • You have trouble focusing
  • You are a quick thinker but you don’t always say what you mean
  • You feel shaky or tremble a lot
  • You have frequent backaches or headaches
  • You have heart palpitations
  • You have a lot of muscle tension
  • You like activities like yoga and meditation, which help you to relax
  • You eat to calm yourself down
  • You feel like you have low blood sugar
  • You sometimes feel dizzy
  • You have less interest in sex
  • You get overly excited about things
  • You have mood swings
  • You have fits of rage
  • You are easily stressed or overwhelmed
  • You are easily bothered by light, loud noises or too much activity
  • You feel anxious if you skip a meal
  • You use substances to relax, such as alcohol, marijuana, sugar and/or drugs

 Signs You May Have A Serotonin Deficiency

  • You crave carbohydrates
  • You are gripped by fear
  • You have insomnia
  • You tend to be depressed or suicidal
  • You are easily irritated
  • You feel you have no meaning in your life
  • You have less energy to exercise
  • You tend to wake up very early in the morning
  • You have a slow reaction time
  • You have night sweats
  • You have trouble falling back to sleep if you wake up at night
  • You feel sad much of the time
  • You are shy and avoid going out in public
  • Your head is full of ANTS (automatic negative thoughts)
  • You have low self esteem and are not very self confident
  • You get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the winter months
  • You have trouble falling asleep
  • You have muscle aches, fibromyalgia or jaw pain
  • You are a perfectionist or neat freak

You Can Learn To Balance Your Brain Chemistry Naturally

Some of the ways you can balance your brain chemistry naturally include:

  • Receiving kinesiology balancing sessions to balance your neurotransmitters
  • Balancing your blood sugar
  • Learning how to feed your brain properly with balanced nutrition
  • Receiving individualized nutritional supplements to correct your body chemistry
  • Amino acid therapy
  • Getting enough rest
  • Correcting sleep disorders
  • Getting off alcohol and street drugs
  • Getting off diet sodas, which deplete your serotonin
  • Detoxification programs to rid your body of chemicals and heavy metals that disrupt your brain function
  • Healing your digestion, so your body can make its own serotonin
  • Balancing your hormones, because high levels of cortisol and adrenalin deplete your brain chemistry
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Learning how to manage your stress
  • Meditation
  • Yoga, which has been scientifically proven to raise GABA levels
  • Brain Gym to integrate your left and right brain hemispheres
  • Drinking enough water, since all your brain chemicals work in water

Many people are surprised how they easily they can heal their brain naturally just by learning what to do and how to take better care of themselves.

You are biochemically unique, which means that your brain chemistry will be unique to you. What you need to feel better and stay healthy may be totally different than someone else.

One of the keys is to understand which neurotransmitters you tend to be deficient in and learning how to live your life to optimize your brain chemistry. Set up an appointment to learn how to be your healthiest self by emailing me at catherine@totalfitness.net or calling 678-612-8816.

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