Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that relay signals between nerve cells and are present throughout the body.
Your brain uses these messengers to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, your muscles to move, and your stomach to digest. They also affect your energy levels, metabolism, mood, sleep, and concentration.
Many things can cause a neurotransmitter imbalance. Excessive stress, poor diet, toxins, genetics, inflammation, alcohol, and caffeine usage can all disrupt the balance between these communicators and cause health concerns.
Symptoms of neurotransmitter dysfunction include:
- Chronic muscle and joint pain
- Inappropriate hunger or food cravings
- Inability to concentrate or focus
- Weight gain
- Obsessive/compulsive behaviors
- Sleep disturbances
- Stress symptoms
- Recurrent diarrhea/constipation
- Poor memory
Some clinical conditions related to neurotransmitter imbalances may include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Chronic fatigue
A simple urine test can identify which neurotransmitter(s) may be playing a role in your health concerns. The test results are like neural fingerprints, each one is unique and provides a wealth of information on which neurotransmitters are elevated and which are low. This makes it possible to avoid ineffective, time-consuming, and expensive efforts to ease the symptom(s).