If you’ve recently started noticing some unpleasant physical or psychological changes in your life that persist and don’t set themselves right after a short period of time, you may have a neurotransmitter deficiency or imbalance.
How do neurotransmitters work and what are they?
Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers used by the body to communicate within itself. They affect many facets of our mood and overall health. They contribute to our ability to concentrate, learn, and experience feelings such as happiness, fear, sadness, and pleasure.
Continue reading to learn more about what neurotransmitters do or give Port orchard Natural Medicine a call to speak with a mental wellness professional about how to restore balance to your neurotransmitters.
What Are Neurotransmitters?
Neurotransmitters are the body’s communication medium, passed along via neurons to send messages throughout the body.
Neurotransmitters are responsible for regulating basic functions such as your heartbeat, digestive health, and breathing. Neurotransmitters are also responsible for keeping psychological functions working.
Things like concentration, mood, and sleep quality are linked to neurotransmitters and the messages that your brain is sending to the body.
Where Are Neurotransmitters Stored?
Neurotransmitters are stored in the axons of neurons, in spaces called synaptic vesicles. This part of the axon is called the presynaptic terminal and it is separated from its cell by a small gap called the synaptic cleft.
What Do Neurotransmitters Do To Your Mental Wellness?
Neurotransmitters have the ability to deeply affect your mental wellness. Certain things are necessary for your body to function optimally. Without balanced and sufficient neurotransmitters at work communicating with your body, you will begin to experience negative physical and psychological symptoms of the imbalance.
Here are 15 ways that neurotransmitter imbalances or insufficiencies may manifest themselves in your life:
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic muscle and joint pain
- Uncontrollable hunger or food cravings
- Inability to concentrate or focus
- Agitation and anxiousness
- Weight fluctuations (gain or loss)
- Obsessive and/or compulsive behaviors
- Sleep disturbances, restless sleep, insomnia, etc.
- Stress symptoms
- Chronic or recurrent diarrhea or constipation
- Headaches or migraines
- Poor memory
Nobody should have to suffer through the physical or psychological repercussions of neurotransmitter deficiency or imbalance. If you are chronically experiencing any of the above symptoms, get the help that your body deserves by scheduling an appointment with a naturopathic doctor today.
Here at Port Orchard Natural Medicine, we run a clinic with a holistic focus. We look at the body as a whole and make it our mission to treat your body in its entirety rather than simply treating a symptom.
Give Port Orchard Natural Medicine a call to schedule an appointment with our mental wellness doctor, Dr. Robertson, today.
What To Do If You Think That You Have a Neurotransmitter Deficiency
Maybe you’re not sure if the symptoms you’re experiencing are, in fact, a neurotransmitter deficiency. If you have doubts about whether or not you actually have a neurotransmitter imbalance or deficiency, here are four things you can do to help you understand what you’re working with.
- Keep a mood journal (monitor your mood).
- Monitor your appetite and weight stability.
- Keep track of your sleeping patterns (are you struggling with insomnia or staying asleep?).
- Track your focus and concentration levels. Are they normal, or has your ability to concentrate diminished?
If, after monitoring these four physical and mental functions, you determine that you may have a neurotransmitter deficiency or imbalance, give Port Orchard Natural Medicine a call. We’d be happy to run tests for you to help conclusively determine whether or not you are suffering from a neurotransmitter deficiency.
Visit Mental Wellness Clinic Today
Here at Port Orchard Natural Medicine, our mental wellness doctor is able to help you find out which neurotransmitters are affecting your health through a quick and easy urine test.
You can take heart knowing that something that is affecting your mood so dramatically is so easy to discover and diagnose. A simple urine test can expose exponential amounts of information about your health and what steps need to be taken to help your body reach its ideal neurotransmitter balance again.