Have you ever noticed that some folks go through life and no matter what comes up they just glide right through it, while others react to the slightest ripple? … I know right? I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda the second one. Well, believe it or not there is has a genetic connection, the COMT SNP for example. Folks with this genetic SNP have a tough time down-regulating their excitatory neurotransmitters. Before we go on, let’s get a clearer understanding of (NTs) or neurotransmitters.
Inside the brain are billions of neurons that are connected by messengers that transmit electrical impulses from one cell to another, allowing communication and thought to occur in the brain. The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest. There are two kinds – INHIBITORY and EXCITATORY. Excitatory, like epinephrine and norepinephrine, (AKA adrenaline, noradrenaline), are not necessarily exciting – they are what stimulate the brain. Those that calm the brain and help create balance are called inhibitory, like serotonin, GABA, and dopamine. These are what I like to call our feel-good NTs. Inhibitory neurotransmitters work synergistically to counter balance the excitatory neurotransmitters.
These inhibitory NTs are easily depleted when the excitatory neurotransmitters are overactive. When out of balance, they can cause adverse symptoms such as becoming easily agitated or angered, mild to severe anxiety or depression, poor concentration, weight problems or sleep problems. Depression, for example, can result if serotonin, is in short supply.
Neurotransmitter levels can be depleted many ways. As a matter of fact, it is estimated that 86% of Americans have suboptimal neurotransmitter levels. To top it off, if you have a genetic SNP in your neurotransmitter markers such as COMT, MAO-A, MAO-B, GAD 12, stress, poor diet, neurotoxins, drug (prescription and recreational), alcohol and caffeine can cause these genes to be expressed creating symptoms.
The Genomix Nutrition test tells us what your genomic neurotransmitter markers are. With that information we can nutritionally support those genetic weaknesses.