Neurotransmitter Testing Can Help to Diagnose a Number of Conditions
The human body is a very complex unit comprised of various systems and subsystems. Neurotransmitters are an important aspect of this. They work around the clock to help ensure coordination between the different parts of the body.
Neurotransmitters relay signals between different parts of the brain and also communicate with different body parts. To date, researchers have been successful in identifying 200 unique neurotransmitters. Scientists believe there are many more neurotransmitters waiting to be discovered.
Classification of Different Types of Neurotransmitters
Neurotransmitters can be classified into different groups. Some major groups include:
• Amino acids: Glutamate, glycine, and aspartate
• Purines: Adenosine and adenosine triphosphate
• Monoamines: Dopamine, serotonin, histamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine
• Peptides: Oxytocin, opioid peptides, and substance P
• Trace amines: Tryptamine, octopamine, tyramine, and 3-iodothyronamine
Quick Facts About Neurotransmitters
• Neurotransmitters vary in size.
• Neurotransmitters are usually transported in small bubble-like sacs.
• Neurotransmitters regulate mood and appetite. Insomnia is often associated with neurotransmitter imbalance.
A study reveals that 8 out of 10 people suffer from neurotransmitter imbalance. A neurotransmitter imbalance can impact the functioning of the body’s communication system, resulting in or contributing to several health issues. These can include obesity, anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, memory impairment, and migraines.
To help their patients avoid neurotransmitter imbalance, many physicians recommend getting a neurotransmitter test done at regular intervals. Neurotransmitter tests are performed on the samples of the patient’s saliva, blood, and urine.
Why Opt for a Neurotransmitter Test?
They say prevention is better than cure. A neurotransmitter test can reveal neurotransmitter imbalances before the person starts exhibiting symptoms of neurotransmitter loss.
Neurotransmitter testing can help physicians diagnose different health issues related to weight problems, memory impairment, and insomnia. Once the physician gets to the root cause of the problem, they can create a custom treatment plan for the patient.
Who Should Be Tested?
Men and women with ADHD, ADD, insomnia, and depression should get their neurotransmitter levels checked regularly. People who experience compulsive behavior, cognitive fog, fatigue, adrenal and sexual dysfunction, and cravings should also opt for neurotransmitter tests at regular intervals.
Men and women who take cholesterol-lowering medication and those addicted to bioactive substances such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol must get neurotransmitter tests done periodically.
Neurotransmitter tests are done to determine the levels of the most essential neurotransmitters, like serotonin, epinephrine plus glutamate, GABA, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
How Are These Tests Conducted?
Patients are given a neurotransmitter kit that they can use to collect their urine sample. Once the patient provides their sample, a healthcare practitioner specializing in neurotransmitter balancing will interpret the results.
Based on their findings, the expert may recommend appropriate medication, supplements, and/or lifestyle changes. This will ensure that the health problem is contained before it snowballs into a major issue.
How to Find a Qualified Expert
Before getting a neurotransmitter test done, make sure that the expert:
• Has experience providing consultations and follow-up appointments
• Has experience treating patients with neurochemistry and neurotransmitter dysfunctions
• Has experience with psychotropic medications
• Has experience creating customized treatment packages based on symptoms
At Brazelia Integrative Anti-Aging Center, we provide neurotransmitter testing from skilled and experienced experts. To set up your consultation, contact our office.