The Neurotransmitter Panel
The human nervous system is arguably one of the most complex systems in nature. It is responsible for coordinating thousands of processes, from muscle contraction to crying. The center of the nervous system is the brain, which contains over 100 billion specialized cells called neurons.
What Are Neurotransmitters?
The nervous system also contains very important chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. The brain uses neurotransmitters as signals that tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, your stomach to digest, and more. Neurotransmitters are also necessary for thought processes, emotions, and other essential body functions, including sleep and energy. Neurotransmitters can also affect cravings. In fact, neurotransmitters affect the function of many systems in the body.
How Do Neurotransmitters Function?
Neurotransmitters are divided into two basic categories:
- Excitatory neurotransmitters function to stimulate the brain and body.
- Inhibitory neurotransmitters function to calm the brain and body.
Levels of individual neurotransmitters are important in maintaining optimum health, but so is the proper balance between your excitatory and inhibitory systems.
How Do Neurotransmitters Affect You?
Unfortunately, the nervous system can be easily disrupted through a number of factors:
Stress – Poor Nutrition/Diet – Genetics – Toxic Exposure – Infections
Blood Sugar Imbalance – Allergies – More
These factors can cause the levels of neurotransmitters to become either too high or too low. Imbalanced neurotransmitter levels can lead to:
Feelings of sadness – Feelings of anxiousness – Disrupted Sleep – Fatigue
Behavioral problems – Foggy Thinking – Headaches – Cravings – More
Testing for Neurotransmitter Levels
The Neurotransmitter Panel tests several types of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitter levels are measured through a morning collection of urine in the convenience of your home. A nutritional consultation will determine whether or not this test will be needed to bring the body back into balance. If this test is recommended, a test kit with instructions on how to do the test, as well as prepaid postage and a box for returning the urinary collection to the lab is provided.
Once the results are received by me, a nutritional program is then tailored to your specific nutritional needs for to improve neurotransmitter and nervous system function. Diet, supplementation and other nutritional and lifestyle considerations are important for maintaining the healthy function of neurotransmitters and the brain. Our programs help to correct nutritional deficiencies, and in doing so, overall health is improved.