Neurotransmitters & Amino Acid Therapy
Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain that communicate information between cells called neurons in the body’s nervous system. The nervous system runs throughout the body, affecting every organ and system. The body’s functions work because of the constant communication between neurons using neurotransmitters. They control or regulate almost every aspect of being a living human being, among them:
- Heart rate
- Body’s temperature
When the communication works well, so does the system. However, just like people, when communication is bad the system often breaks down.
How This Communication Works
Although neurons are bundled together, and form the nervous system, a gap called the synapse exists between each pair of neurons. When a particular message needs to be communicated – Ouch, that’s hot – the proper neurotransmitters are emitted from one neuron, cross the gap, and communicate with the next neuron. The message moves throughout the system until the message has been completed – Take your hand off the stove. Remember that neurotransmitters are chemicals. They are made from different amino acids which the body processes and combines in specific ways for each function, or message. For them to do their job properly, they have to be the right amino acids, in the proper combination and balance, in the right amount. The quality of the function of the nervous system depends on the quality of the neurotransmitters and their proper transfer from one neuron to another.
The delicate balance required for neurotransmitters to do their job can be affected by any number of things. Stress, diet, lack of quality sleep, drug or alcohol use, genetics – these and other factors may play a part any time neurotransmitters are not doing their job properly. When neurotransmitters don’t work properly, we may suffer various symptoms. Everything from depression to migraines to weight gain to addiction, in addition to many other maladies, may manifest themselves when neurotransmitters are out of balance.
How Imbalances Can Be Corrected
Since amino acids are the building blocks of neurotransmitters, it makes sense to start with them. A low level of an amino acid throws off the nervous system’s ability to communicate messages and cause problems. Professionals trained in the field of amino acid therapy can help determine when a deficiency in a particular amino acid exists, and the proper way to correct it. Because the body processes amino acids in complex ways to produce specific neurotransmitters, it’s not enough to simply take an amino acid supplement where a deficiency exists. A trained professional knows the proper combination of supplements the body requires to restore balance.
When amino acids are properly balanced, the body tends to heal itself. Think about how you feel after a good night’s sleep. Your mind and memory work better, you have a more positive outlook, and fresh solutions to problems present themselves. Amino acid therapy, administered by a trained professional, can restore your body’s balance and help you enjoy all the benefits.