Optimizing brain function is a very essential part of overall health and well-being.
If you can improve your neurotransmitter profile, you can supercharge your brain. Of course a lot of that also has to do with your nutrition, gut health and lifestyle.
In this blog, I will share specific strategies to improve each neurotransmitter.
ACETYLCHOLINE – This neurotransmitter is responsible for memory and attention. Deficiency in acetylcholine can increase risk of Alzheimer’s, memory issues, learning disorders and difficulty focusing on tasks.
Taking a good vitamin B complex supplement is the most basic thing you can do to improve acetylcholine levels. In fact, if you are deficient in vitamin B1 (thiamine), you cannot make acetylcholine. Other supplements that help are DHA and acetyl carnitine.
DOPAMINE – Dopamine is the neurotransmitter associated with brain energy. People who find themselves experiencing chronic mental fatigue, being demotivated or struggling with addictions, have low dopamine levels.
The protein and fats breakfast works amazing to elevate dopamine levels. Add hot spices like cayenne, chili powder, cinnamon, turmeric, etc. to enhance the effects even more!!
Weight training consistently is another great way to increase dopamine levels.
Caffeine also increases dopamine levels. However, if you struggle with energy levels, adrenal fatigue, gut inflammation or sleep issues, I would recommend avoiding caffeine.
GABA – GABA is what helps the brain calm itself. It is like hitting the breaks of the car. Imbalances in GABA levels can increase anxiety, nervousness and irritability. People with low GABA levels may also have trouble relaxing their mind and could take longer to fall asleep.
Some strategies to increase GABA levels include:
- Set specific blocks of time to check your cellphone rather than constantly being on it.
- Turn off cellphones, televisions and dim the lights 45-60 minutes before bed.
- Connect with nature by hiking trails or walks along the beach.
Two of my favorite GABA boosters are SomuREM and Uber Inositol.
SEROTONIN – Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that controls moods and balances the left and right sides of the brain. It allows the brain to recharge.
Serotonin imbalances can lead to depression, sleep disorders, difficulty making decisions and irrational fears. It is hard to get deep restful sleep without healthy levels of serotonin.
Eating low glycemic carbs like sweet potatoes as part of your dinner can help increase serotonin. Fish oil, SomuREM and magnesium are great serotonin boosters.
You may know by now, based on some symptoms, which neurotransmitters you need to improve. However, to be more specific and to consider all other factors including nutrition, digestion, detoxification, etc. I recommend scheduling an in-person or phone consultation with us. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your consultation.