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When you hear “craving,” do you think sweet, salty…or serotonin?

We all experience cravings from time to time – a piece of fudge, one more handful of potato chips, or another slice of that heavenly apple pie. These cravings might not be due to the temptation of all the goodies … Continue reading

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Patients with low mood all have unique neurotransmitter patterns

Depression is a common illness, approximately 1 in 10 people report symptoms of depression (http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdepression/). Imbalances in monoamine neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and norepinephrine, are commonly indicated in depression.   Despite this knowledge, therapies addressing serotonin and norepinephrine imbalances are often ineffective.  … Continue reading

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Is peace on earth evading you this Christmas season?

Last week’s blog post discussed fatigue during the holidays.  While some people can be worn out by the whirlwind of holiday activities, others can become overstimulated or anxious. The difference in response is due to neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are generally categorized … Continue reading

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Thought you knew everything about estrogen? What about its effects on the nervous system?

Fatigue, weight gain, irritability, sleep issues, and depression are all issues we’ve dealt with either ourselves, or experienced by someone close to us. Many people associate these symptoms with hormone imbalances, but what might not be so obvious is that … Continue reading

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Amino acids…how can diet affect mental health?

We all know we need food to survive. However, the type of food we eat enhances our survival. When we eat protein-containing foods, they are broken down into amino acids which are the building blocks for neurotransmitters.For example, tryptophan is … Continue reading

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Attention! Calling all neurotransmitters!

Inattention, trouble focusing, impulsivity, hyperactivity…  All children have trouble with these at some times, but for the 5-10% of school-age children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), these issues are a constant daily struggle. ADHD is correlated with underlying biochemical imbalances … Continue reading

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