Brain Health

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brain health and our mood

If you are also experiencing mood changes, fatigue, cognitive or memory impairment, sexual dysfunction or insomnia, you may have an imbalance in your brain chemistry. At KateNicole INC. we can test you for chemical balances, and can also prescribe treatments such as hormone replacement therapy, nutritional supplements,  or dietary supplements.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BRAIN BALANCE

There are four regions of the brain, each having a primary chemical or neurotransmitter that is responsible for specific brain functions. With deficient levels of these chemicals, you may see changes in motivation, mental acuity, and mood. Left untreated or ignored, these can develop into serious medical conditions that will require medical intervention.

The primary neurotransmitters are serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and acetylcholine. These chemicals are derived from protein precursors or amino acids that can be obtained from diet and natural supplements. This combination—supplements and diet—in concert with hormone replacement therapy can reduce inflammation, restore and improve brain functions, repair nerve cells and prevent future damage.

Here is a list of the neurotransmitters, their functions, and some characteristics of each.

DOPAMINE – energy, motivation, creativity

Symptoms of deficiency:

Cravings for sugar or caffeine
Lightheadedness
Fatigue
Weight gain
Low energy
Diminished libido
Decreased motivation
Memory changes
Sleep problems
Lack of initiative
Increased consumption of alcohol and drugs

GABA – brain rhythm, calm

Symptoms of deficiency:

Trembling, twitching
Cravings for carbohydrates
Insomnia
Anxiety
Hyperventilation
Cold or clammy hands
Palpitations or rapid pulse
Ringing in the ears, butterflies in the stomach, lump in the throat
IBS/GI disorders
High blood pressure
Disorganization
Memory changes
Depression or isolation

ACETYLCHOLINE – brain speed, mental acuity

Symptoms of deficiency:

Fat cravings
Memory lapses
Weight gain
Dry mouth
Difficulty concentrating
Frequent urination
Mood changes
Agitation
Dyslexia
Anxiety

SEROTONIN – Brain balance, mood

Symptoms of deficiency:

Salt cravings
Neck pain
Headache
Backache or muscle aches
Shortness of breath
PMS
Insomnia
Weight gain
Sexual dysfunction
Increased nicotine or alcohol use

At Kate Nicole Wellness Centre a brain balance assessment to determine your brain chemistry, as well as any deficiencies in the level of neurotransmitters, help to customize a therapeutic plan to help you regain your brain balance.