Brain & Body

Your Brain Can Work Better

What are neurotransmitters and what do they do?

Neurotransmitters are the brain's chemical messengers. They help the brain function correctly, which then allows it to control the many different functions of the body – tissues, glands, organs, and muscles are all affected by neurotransmitters.

Mild to moderate depression affects up to 10% of the U.S. population.

Depression is the third most reported chronic health condition in the U.S.; most family practice providers, internists, and specialists will see some degree of mood disorders in their practices. Virtually all clinical reports on mood disorders identify neurotransmitter imbalances as contributors to either the root cause or the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Dr. Richard Shames, hormone expert

As a preventive medicine doctor, I have heartfelt excitement about neurotransmitter testing.

- Richard Shames, M.D. - physician, health author, hormone expert

No longer do patients have to suffer from the outdated doctor observation: "You seem depressed. Here is a prescription for Prozac."

By Dr. Lani Simpson

www.lanisimpson.com

Over the last several years, a number of studies have found a relationship between decreased bone mineral density and long-term use of SSRI antidepressants. The theory behind this association is that serotonin is part of the system that regulates signaling in bone cells and that medicines that affect the serotonin system could change bone metabolism.

boy_with_carrots.jpgDo you feel like your mind and body could be performing better?

Do you wish you could get more done or be happier and more at ease?  Do you want to feel less lethargic, depressed, stressed, or anxious?  If any of your answers are YES, then it's possible that based on your diet, you've been starving your brain, and its important neurotransmitters, of the proper nutrition.

Neurotransmitters are the brain's chemical messengers, assisting the brain in controlling the many tissues and functions of the body through glands, organs, and muscles.

Functioning primarily in the Central Nervous System (CNS), neurotransmitters are powerful chemicals that regulate numerous physical and emotional processes such as mental performance, emotional state, physical energy, and pain response.