Does someone in your family experience anxious thoughts, racing mind or other types of restlessness?
One of the most common root causes is an imbalance in neurotransmitters.
Check out this week’s video to see if this could be at play in your situation…
Our body’s neurotransmitters play a crucial role in the stability of mood and thought patterns. When you are experiencing anxious thoughts or a racing mind typically it is a result of suboptimal functioning of two key neurotransmitters…Glutamate and GABA.
Ideally, these two neurotransmitters work in concert with each other to provide responsive adaptive functioning. However, when the balance is skewed, the result can create symptoms.
Glutamate is the most prevalent excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. This accelerates the functioning in the brain. So when we think of anxious thoughts or racing mind it is because of dominant Glutamate activity.
GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) is the most prevalent inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. It creates a relaxation or calming effect.
In a healthy brain we are able to shift and balance levels of Glutamate and GABA appropriately and readily.
GABA calms your brain, especially from the effects of epinephrine and norepinephrine, our first “fight or flight” hormones. Therefore, low levels of GABA can manifest as various types of anxiety.
When you don’t have enough GABA present or if the neuron receptors are not sensitive to GABA activity, then this can create undesirable symptoms.
Some key factors to consider is to understand how nutrients tie into the balance of neurotransmitters. Glutamic Acid is found in many foods (such as meats, eggs, poultry, seeds and fish) and is necessary to create both GABA and Glutamate.
Glutamic Acid with a co-factor of Vitamin B6 can create GABA, however, if a person does not have enough Glutamic acid or enough Vitamin B6 they will have a difficult time creating enough GABA.
Additionally, the neuron receptor sensitivity is influenced by an amino acid called Taurine. Taurine is found in shellfish, meats, poultry and some dairy products. These foods help boost the neuron sensitivity to GABA, which can create a calming effect.
Ultimately, the food that you eat has a significant impact on how your brain can function.
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