Mood Control, Food, Neurotransmitters and Reclaiming Your Calm

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You and I know that we can’t always control what happens in our lives, but we can control how we respond to them. What happens however when your having a bad week, your peri-menopausal or pre-menstrual? Well science might have an answer.

Let me introduce you to the world of brain chemistry and a powerful group of natural chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. The communication network in your brain is a multi-trillion maze of connections capable of performing 20 million-billion calculations per second. Yes, I did say 20 billion!

How does this intricate network operate? Well there are three major players:

§ Neurons, which power the message,

§ Neurotransmitters, which create the message and

§ Receptors, which receive the message.

In simple words, a neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger released from one nerve cell which finds its way to another nerve cell where it influences a particular chemical reaction to occur. Neurotransmitters control major body functions including movement, emotional response, and our physical ability to experience pleasure and pain.

A neurotransmitter imbalance can cause Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, irritable bowel, hormone dysfunction, eating disorders, Fibromyalgia, obsessions, compulsions, adrenal dysfunction, chronic pain, migraine headaches, and even early death. Scientific and medical research indicates that our brains use more than 35 different neurotransmitters, some of these we can control and some we can’t.

It appears, however, that we can control five of the major neurotransmitters with exercise and nutrition, and with our thoughts and behaviours.

Most neurotransmitters are made from amino acids obtained from the protein in food you consume. Two of the most important neurotransmitters are serotonin and dopamine, sometimes called the ‘happy’ drugs. They seem to play a leading role in determining our moods and thoughts.

Eating certain food and exercising at the right level, at the right time for your lifestyle is a keystone to controlling your moods and generating feelings of happiness and relaxation…
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I would like to read the whole article but I can’t copy the link. Can you send me whole article, please?

Thank you Kathryn.

nice work, man

Excellent innovative post. I have given a stumble to your post.

Very usefull blog! Yesterday i askes a friend :” What do you think about positive thinking?”-“Do you think it have realy an effect on life”…But his answer was also complicated like the question… But on this blog i get some informations which tells me the course in which my life would went if i think positive! I hope you would understand what i want to tell you – my english isn´t very good because iam a german guy! Greets from germany and thx for your blog!


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