Your brain is the most complex, mind-blowing organ in the universe. It is estimated to have over 100 billion neurons (also called nerve cells or brain cells), which is about the number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.
Each neuron is connected to other neurons by up to 40,000 individual connections (called synapses) between cells. Multiplying 100 billion neurons times 40,000 synapses is equivalent to the brain having more connections in it than there are stars in the universe. A piece of brain tissue the size of a grain of sand contains 100,000 neurons and 1 billion synapses, all communicating with one another.
A neuron’s main job is to generate an electrical signal called an “action potential” which it does if sufficiently “excited” by other neurons. The action potential of a single neuron is like a lightning bolt that can stimulate other neurons. The stimulated neurons can then generate their own signals that travel to and stimulate yet other neurons to which they are connected, creating a network of neurons that perform a specific brain function.
Another way neurons communicate with each other is through chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. There are many different neurotransmitters, such as acetylcholine, serotonin, dopamine, GABA, adrenaline, noradrenaline, glutamate, and norepinephrine to name a few.
Your brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest. They can also affect mood, sleep, concentration, weight, and other problems when they are out of balance. Neurotransmitter levels can be depleted many ways. Stress, poor diet, genetic predisposition, drugs (prescription and recreational), alcohol and caffeine use can cause their levels to be out of optimal range.
But when your neurotransmitters are balanced you can think more clearly, feel happier, and experience greater well-being. You’ll feel less worried, enjoy a more positive outlook and cope more effectively in stressful situations.
The good news is: there are ways you can help balance the neurotransmitters in your brain! Beyond removing stress, maintain a perfect diet, and avoiding alcohol and caffeine, the supplements from BrainMD Health provide nutrients to support the brain’s neurotransmitters. Here are a few products and the neurotransmitters they are designed to support.
Serotonin Mood Support: supports serotonin which plays an important role in mood, sleep and appetite.
GABA Calming: contains GABA to help provide a sense of calm.
Everyday Stress Relief: among its multiple mechanisms to support your body’s response to stress is the use of Taurine, to help balance GABA in order to promote relaxation.
NeuroLink: helps to balance many neurotransmitters including adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine, GABA, glutamate, and serotonin for overall balanced brain chemistry.
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Better brain chemistry = Better quality of life