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A well-functioning brain is the basis for the correct activity of the entire organism. Forgetfulness, fatigue, mood changes, sleep disorders, indigestion, sweating hands, tremors and other problems may be signals which indicate that the brain does not produce sufficient quantities of the substances necessary for the transmission of signals in the nerve cells. Sometimes the problems may be solved by just tuning the menu.
Does it seem to you that you are recently distracted, forgetful and tired? And what you've formerly managed very easily, now takes you more hours? You might perhaps be afraid that the insidious Mr. Alzheimer is knocking on your door.
In addition, you sleep poorly, sweat, or your hands shake. You suffer from headaches, your digestion has worsened ... Formerly you engaged in sports, now you are hardly able to climb a small hill. But the situation may not be quite as dramatic. Maybe your brain is on strike only because it needs to be fed properly. It consumes a huge amount of energy, but does not produce sufficient quantities of the substances necessary for transmission in the nerve cells. It is simply getting older.
The neurotransmitter level in the body is not stable but varies similarly as the level of hormones, depending on biorhythms. Excitatory neurotransmitters, namely those that are among the energizing and stimulating ones, usually reach their highest level in the morning. On the contrary, inhibition neurotransmitters which buffer the organism, reach their peak in the evening. The values of individual neurotransmitters can be exactly assessed by a laboratory analysis of blood or urine. If a low neurotransmitter level is found, it is necessary to find a solution.
"To be able to produce the right amount of neurotransmitters, the brain must have a sufficient amount of their precursors, thus substances from which they are formed by chemical transformation in the organism. The precursor for the neurotransmitter GABA is, for instance vitamin B6, which is sufficiently present in wholemeal bakery products or viscera. If your body is given enough B6, the brain can restore proper GABA production. Therefore, it is possible to intervene when changing values are not that dramatic," Monika Golková explains.
In severe cases, the supplying of necessary precursors in the form dietary supplements via infusion or supportive hormonal therapy should be started. When you manage to restore normal neurotransmitter levels and to stabilize them, the brain will be reactivated. "This process can remotely be compared with the rebooting of a computer. The substances supplied to the body help the brain to create neurotransmitters which recharge the energy of the brain and restore the proper transmission of impulses between the nerve cells. This causes the tuning of the functions of other body organs," the doctor says.
The need for individual neurotransmitters is not the same in all people. The level which is entirely sufficient for one person may present a problem in another. This of course should also be taken into consideration when doing the screening and during the treatment. Which neurotransmitter is dominant in your brain? Try to guess.