Are you starting to lose your edge …
- Are you chronically fatigued?
- Are you having to consume more and more caffeine to get focused and to get work done?
- Do you have an issue with addictions?
- Is your memory beginning to slip?
- Is your anxiety getting worst?
- Are you having troubles sleeping?
- Do you have problems sticking to a healthy diet?
- Are you having troubles maintaining an exercise routine?
If you answered yes to more than one of these questions read on.
The Brain’s Neurotransmitters
The underlying issue for many of the symptoms we describe can often be attributed to a neurotransmitter imbalance.
The human brain governs how the body produces its energy through four primary neurotransmitters.
These four neurotransmitters are –
- and Dopamine.
Each of these neurotransmitters transfers electrical signals to the human brain from the body. Each of us has a dominant transmitter which will help govern our energy and personality type.
One of the major influences on our neurotransmitters are the inputs in which we feed our body.
One example of an input is food. Food is something we sometimes take for granted yet it is an input we all feed our bodies on a daily basis. But food is so much more than just a collection of calories and macronutrients.
Without belaboring the point, food is information and nutrients like proteins or amino acids are ultimately synthesized into neurotransmitters.
The Braverman Assessment
Now back to the issue of neurotransmitter imbalance.
For those who truly want to get to down to the nitty gritty and determine if your neurotransmitters are out of balance, take a look into Cyrex’s EMOgen (Neurology and Psychiatry) saliva test.
From the Cyrex site – “EMOgen analyzes polymorphisms in relation with the metabolism of neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin), the homocysteine metabolism, serotonin synthesis and transport. This test allows to counteract the development of depression and anxiety disorders.”
If submitting saliva to a lab is less to your liking and convenience, there’s a simple yet interesting alternative do-at-home survey in the form of the Braverman Assessment.
This simple 15-20 min. quiz was devised by Eric Braverman to assess both your dominant neurotransmitter type, any neurotransmitter deficiencies, as well as how to begin rebalancing your neurotransmitters.
Although the Braverman Assessment isn’t as scientific or objective as a lab test. You will be amazed on how accurate it is in terms of personality typing.
Likewise you may also find value in taking the assessment on a repeated or regular basis if you make dietary, supplement, and/or lifestyle adjustments to see how your results change.
If anything it will help you better understand your brain’s underlying neurochemistry, and as the saying goes, “What get’s measured, gets improved”.