Neurotransmitter Balance

Neurotransmitters: What are Neurotransmitters?

Neurotransmitters are fascinating!  But they’re tricky little chemical messengers!  They control your moods and how you act, and when there is an imbalance, it’s critically important to your health and happiness to enlist the help of an experienced practitioner.

Neurotransmitters are so powerful that they can cause you to feel things that aren’t even real.  How you feel is based on your perception of things going on around you.  And your Neurotransmitters control your perceptions.

They’re responsible for your caring, gentle side when you feel fulfilled and satisfied.  But they are also responsible when you act out in ways that you later feel ashamed or embarrassed about.  They can even be the reason you don’t act at all, and instead keep your feelings hidden deep inside of you.

What Causes Neurotransmitter Imbalances?

There are many causes of Neurotransmitter imbalances.  Just about everything in our lives, from chemically laden foods, a nutritionally deficient diet, exposure to environmental toxins, lack of adequate sleep, overstimulation in our daily lives, excessive responsibilities, and even the natural process of aging can upset the brain’s Neurotransmitter status. 

Your Neurotransmitter balance is also intimately related to the balance of your Adrenal, Sex and Thyroid hormones.  When changes occur within your Hormones, your Neurotransmitter status will also be affected.  Menopause is a challenging time for the balance of Neurotransmitters.  The opposite is also true.  Psychiatric or Mood disorders that originate from non-hormonal reasons will eventually cause Hormonal Imbalances. 

And finally, GUT health and your microbiome plays a critical role in your Neurotransmitter Balance. 

What is the best way to test for Neurotransmitter imbalances?

Genetic Neurotransmitter testing helps identify SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) involved in neurotransmitter production, function and metabolism.  SNPs are genetic weaknesses which can be further activated by exposure to neurotoxins, stress, alcohol, poor diet, caffeine and more.  Genetic testing combined with subjective questionnaires and a comprehensive interview with a skilled health care provider is the best method to evaluate and diagnose Neurotransmitter imbalances. 

Note that there are urine tests which claim to measure neurotransmitter levels, but this method does not seem to corelate with patient symptoms.  We understand that Neurotransmitters do not cross the blood brain barrier.  The brain makes its own Neurotransmitters and the Body makes its own.  This explains why urine testing for brain Neurotransmitter levels is not valid.

*Who should have Genetic Neurotransmitter Testing?

The following situations warrant Genetic Neurotransmitter Testing, Evaluation and Treatment:

  • Feelings of sadness, anxiety or worry
  • Feelings of anger, irritability or impatience
  • Feelings of apathy or lack of motivation
  • Feelings of low self-esteem or feelings of guilt
  • Feelings of being pressured, overworked or often feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling overly sensitive or feeling emotional pain for other people
  • Feeling weak or shaky at times
  • Having difficulty with sudden changes
  • Dealing with painful issues
  • Tearing up easily
  • Needing stimulants such as coffee, chocolate, diet pills or drugs to become more alert
  • Needing tobacco, alcohol, food, sex or drugs to relax
  • Difficulty dealing with loss and grief
  • Difficulty sleeping with restless or light sleep or having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning or feeling the need for extra sleep
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  • Difficulty being flexible
  • Being a perfectionist or workaholic

*Medical conditions which warrant Genetic Neurotransmitter Testing include:

  • Adult ADD/ADHD
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Panic Attacks
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Alcohol or Drug Addiction
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Tension Headaches, Migraines or Cluster Headaches
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Tics or Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Dizziness
  • Bi-polar Disorder
  • Memory Loss or Dementia
  • Parkinson’s Disease / Lewy Body Dementia
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Macular Degeneration

*Partial List.  Please consult with Dr Karen or a qualified Health Care Provider to discuss your unique needs.

How are Neurotransmitter Imbalances treated?

Because Neurotransmitter balance is dependent on a fully holistic approach, treatment includes multiple areas of potential cause.  The following three areas are equally important to treat:

1.  Your unique needs for Nutrition, targeted amino acids, nutraceutical supplements and lifestyle changes to support the genetic weaknesses your testing reveals

2.  Hormone Imbalances of the Adrenal, Sex and Thyroid Systems

3.  GUT health and microbiome

It’s time to change your future and free yourself of the emotional rollercoaster that Neurotransmitter imbalances cause, and start living the life of your true self just begging to come out and shine.  

Sign up for a consult with Dr. Karen to see how Personal Wellness Medicine can bring you back to life. 

Not sure if you need help?  Assess your primary Neurotransmitter Balance here.

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