Are you struggling with food binging, addiction, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, or generally feeling poor too much of the time?
If you answered yes to any of these things, you may be suffering from “neurotransmitter starvation.”
What is “Neurotransmitter Starvation”?
Have you heard of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin? These are molecules that facilitate communication in the nervous system. Here’s a video explaining how important neurotransmitters are:
“Neurotransmitter starvation” refers to a situation where your body does not naturally produce enough of these communication molecules, or when there is an issue with how they function.
When this is the case, compulsive or addictive behaviors and patterns may develop in an effort to produce a neurotransmitter release.
In some individuals, this behavior develops from generally having lower levels of neurotransmitters to begin with. There are some different reasons why this might be the case:
Some people have metabolic issues that cause them to produce less neurotransmitters. Low levels can cause cravings. This can be addressed via diet and neurotransmitter support.
Some people have dietary issues that are causing them to experience a recurring cycle of peaks and valleys in their neurotransmitter production.
Some people have gut (microbiome) issues that are impacting their neurotransmitter production.
About 1/3 of the population is born with something called HSP or “highly sensitive physiology.” This is a natural, evolutionary strategy present in over 100 species and may involve naturally lower levels of some neurotransmitters.
Surprisingly, neurotransmitter starvation can also play a role in chronic fatigue and chronic pain.
Due to a dangerous acne medication I was given as a teenager (Accutane), the standard American diet (SAD), as well as some underlying genetic vulnerabilities, I struggled with anxiety, depression, severe fatigue, chronic pain, compulsive behaviors and addiction for decades. I tried everything under the sun to address these issues including 10 years of twelve step recovery work, meditation, and spiritual practice but nothing helped.
It wasn’t until I began approaching my poor health with a focus on neurotransmitters that I was able to heal. I discovered and coined the term “neurotransmitter starvation” and now help people improve their physical, mental, and emotional health through simple, natural methods.
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