The chemistry in our brains determine how we feel and deal with different situations. Messenger substances called neurotransmitters play an important role in this.
Neurotransmitters are the signal substances that transfer nerve impulses between nerve cells (neurons) and / or gland cells and muscle cells. When these fabrics are well balanced, you have a good memory, you are alert and you can learn well. You can sleep well and unwind and let go of your thoughts.
If you have a shortage of one of the neurotransmitters, you may notice that, for example, difficulty concentrating, irritable, no peace of mind and little control over emotions. Nutrition can contribute to balancing the neurotransmitters.
There are four important neurotransmitters, each with its own function.
- You need GABA to relax, it calms your brain. It ensures proper stimulation processing, stress management, calmness, stability, structure and patience.
- Serotonin regulates moods and behavior and regulates the activities of many other neurotransmitters. It provides resilience, good thinking and a positive attitude to life.
- Dopamine makes you feel good. It makes you alert, you can concentrate and focus. It contributes to your self-confidence and decisiveness.
- The messenger substance acetylcholine ensures that you can think and respond quickly, ensures creativity and good learning. It makes you curious.
The right diet can make an important contribution to the balance of the neurotransmitters in your head.
- A stable blood sugar level
The neurons in your brain depend on sufficient fuel in the form of glucose (sugar). Ideal if it is a constant stream of blood sugar available to your brain. A strongly fluctuating blood sugar level causes forgetfulness, concentration problems and energy dips. A child is looking forward to sweet things and irritability faster. Therefore avoid fast sugars.
Sunlight makes an important contribution to the production of vitamin D. You need vitamin D to make both dopamine and serotonin.
- Omega 3
It is important to get enough omega 3 fatty acids in order to increase your serotonin levels. To get more omega 3 you can eat avocado, walnuts, linseed or fatty fish. About 60% of the weight of your brain is determined by fat.
Neurotransmitters are made from amino acids, or proteins. Therefore, regularly eat beef, chicken, turkey, eggs and dairy.
Another building material that is important for making neurotransmitters is sulfur. You can get sulfur from garlic, onion, leek, chives, asparagus, cabbages, broccoli, egg and nuts.