What is amino acids?
Twenty percent of the human body is made up of protein. Protein plays a crucial role in almost all biological processes and amino acids are the building blocks of it. A large proportion of our cells, muscles and tissue is made up of amino acids, meaning they carry out many important bodily functions, such as giving cells their structure. They also play a key role in the transport and the storage of nutrients. Amino acids have an influence on the function of organs, glands, tendons and arteries. They are furthermore essential for healing wounds and repairing tissue, especially in the muscles, bones, skin and hair as well as for the removal of all kinds of waste deposits produced in connection with the metabolism. Research over recent years has shown that amino acids have been useful against diabetes, osteoporosis, heart trouble, metabolic disorders, erectile dysfunction and also anti-aging and also menopausal complaints, to name but a few.
They’re over 100 neurotransmitters but for this topic we’ll look into 4 key neurotransmitters and it’s symptoms linked to them. That are:
- Carbs intake
1. Fatigue is usually linked to low dopamine levels which can be caused from numerous things. The main things that are associated with low dopamine are from people who intake unhealthy processed foods such as chocolate and coffee. If you consume too much of chocolate and coffee, the dopamine will start off with a high then follow shortly with a low which will make you feeling tired very quickly and you’ll be repeating the cycle to getting back that temporary high dopamine effect.
An amino acid called L-Tyrosine capsules can be found in any health food shops. L-Tyrosine is a natural way to boost and support dopamine levels, it can also be found in dairy products such as cheese, meats, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, oats, and wheat.
Another healthier way to boost the body from feeling fatigue is being exposed to sunlight, walking or doing some sort of cardio exercise. Doing daily lifestyle holistic exercise helps the brain to release endorphins that boost inspirations and new found creativity.
2. Stressed people are mostly deficient in what is known as GABA. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter, aka breaks of the brain. Having a fast passed lifestyle, people with anxiety, and fight or flight system can also be the cause to having a burn out. Those are all types of lifestyle activities that seem to deplete GABA levels. People who get panic attacks, binge eat or people who generally can’t relax can take GABA supplements that delivers a powerful dose of nutrients for brain health and maintenance of the nervous system. Another supplement is l-theanine, an amino acid that is found naturally in caffeine, green tea or matcha tea.
3. Emotional people suffer from low endorphins, which would lead to them being more sensitive and they tend to easily cry. DLPA helps with emotional support and coping. Natural ways to support emotional sensitivity would be to generally remove yourself from the stressful surrounding as much as possible.
4. Carbs intake. Almost 90% of women eat carbs to feel better. People who binge on carbs would suffer from low serotonin and tend to have more mood swings, feeling depressed. L-tryptophan or 5-htp can help you relax, sleep, stop unwanted cravings. People with low seratonin levels will feel irritable, moody, and have trouble sleeping at night. Heavy coffee drinkers who those who have a slow metabolism.
*This is a general description of these symptoms, please consult a professional before taking any natural medication before self treating yourself.
I loved this article! It’s nice to see how it builds on the whole “boost and balance our chemicals” mentality. When we boost our good brain chemicals (dopamine, epinephrine, adrenaline) through natural means like meditation, exercise, proper sleep, we feel the benefits as a result of these boosted chemicals! Great read.