A Missing Key To Weight Loss: Neurotransmitters
Neurotransmitters (NT) are chemical messengers produced by your body to send signals along the nerve path. In order for messages to be transmitted along the miles of nerves inside your body, neurotransmitters must be produced, released, received and eliminated from the gaps between nerves and synapses. For example, if you step on a sharp piece of glass on your bare foot, you will immediately feel pain. The message of pain is transmitted through a series of nerves from your foot to your brain. The message jumps from nerve to nerve to specific neurotransmitters.
Some of the most common acetylcholine neurotransmitter you may have heard of are GABA, acetylcholine, glutamate, serotonin, adrenaline, and dopamine. The various causes of NT deficiencies include poor food intake, emotional stress, physical stress, use / abuse of medications, and, surprisingly, weight loss diets. Studies at several major universities have shown the same thing: inadequate weight loss diets deplete your body of serotonin, which in turn causes an increase in traction, lack of motivation and increased moodiness, which leads to an increase in rebound weight.
Depression is another symptom of NT deficiency
Most people in the world today take an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) or know someone who is. These are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. The most common complaint I hear from patients, especially women, is weight gain associated with taking these medicines.
Various NT deficiencies can lead to abnormal thyroid function. If your thyroid gland begins to decrease, then your metabolism. Therefore, its weight rises. You can try one of many fancy diets to lose weight, but if you do not enlarge your thyroid gland by balancing NT, you will never achieve it.
NT affects the adrenal glands. This is a big problem in today’s accelerated and high-intensity world. The adrenal glands are already underlined by poor nutrition, emotional stress, poor sleep habits, excess caffeine and soft drinks. Add to this the imbalance of NT and it looks at the adrenal fatigue. Deregulation of blood sugar, an increase in cortisol and insulin spikes simply exacerbates the problem.
Traditional medical care is not equipped to deal with these types of chronic health problems.
Usually you will be given medication to cover the symptoms, your metabolic state will be maintained, and you will have to deal with the side effects of the medication, especially unwanted weight gain. This is a faulty system to try to restore health.
In our office, we use a very detailed story that includes questions about any medications or drugs that you have taken. We also have all of our patients completing two very deep questionnaires: one that examines their metabolic profile, and the other that assesses their cholinergic receptors levels. This is the only way to truly understand the cause of chronic patient health problems and help people regain their health with weight loss.