What are neurotransmitters?
Neurotransmitters are small molecules used by nerves for communication. Many commonly prescribed medications work by altering neurotransmitter levels; Lexapro and Zoloft boost serotonin activity.
Neurotransmitters are small molecules used primarily by the nervous system but are also used by the immune system for communication purposes.
Many medications target them to treat common health issues, including insomnia, fatigue, depression, anxiety, attention issues, and hypertension. Neurotransmitter imbalances are often the result of an infection or chronic inflammation.
Bringing neurotransmitters back into balance addresses numerous symptoms simultaneously while also restoring functionality to the neuro-immune systems.
Finally, neurotransmitter imbalances are typically manifested as insomnia in Lyme disease patients, and over time this lack of sleep becomes a significant obstacle to achieving better health.
By addressing neurotransmitter imbalances and supporting quality sleep, patients can restore immune vitality and repair damaged nervous tissues.
What causes Neurotransmitter imbalances?
Neurotransmitter imbalances can be caused due to poor diets, lifestyle choices, stress, trauma, infection, chronic inflammation, environmental toxins, and genetic predispositions.
Once the nervous system is out of balance, it is difficult to “reboot” itself, resulting in a domino effect on other body systems, including the endocrine (hormones) and immune systems.
This is why people with chronic diseases have higher incidence rates of depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
The brain-body connection
Most conventional treatments for depression, anxiety, and insomnia are limited to the alteration of brain chemistry, with little-to-no attention paid to the health of the rest of the body.
The brain is still a part of our bodies, although there is still a persisting belief that the brain is an isolated, privileged organ with little effect from other organ systems.
Gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, IBD, celiac, Crohn's, and SIBO have been shown to increase your risk and severity of depression and anxiety significantly.
Autoimmune diseases, infections, chronic disease, diabetes, and heart disease contribute to imbalances that increase mood disorders' risk.
The nervous and immune systems are intimately intertwined, using many of the same regulating chemicals; neurotransmitters and cytokines. 80% of the immune system is housed within the intestines.
If your gastrointestinal system is not optimal, resulting in inflammation, immune activation, hormonal imbalances, and nutrient deficiencies will alter brain chemical levels.
Address the root cause(s)
Before we create a treatment plan, our doctors first gather laboratory data from multiple body systems to personalize treatment and rule out undiagnosed root causes.
Additionally, labs will be performed at certain health milestones to track progress and further adjust your therapies as your imbalances improve.
Specialty ab testing commonly ordered includes urinary neurotransmitters, 4-point cortisol, and genetics. Serum tests are typically run through your private insurance and include comprehensive assessments of the immune, cardiovascular, metabolic, nutritional, and endocrine status.