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This episode is all about neurotransmitters! We dive deep into neurotransmitters, common causes of low dopamine levels, and what you can do about it.
Dr. Ann-Marie has always had a mind for high-level problem-solving. In her early 20’s she was introduced to chiropractic, whereas she had been very skeptical until it changed her life. The treatment was like magic – she felt new and light, like a better version of herself. She immersed herself in school, learning not only the art and science of chiropractic modalities but also functional blood chemistry analysis, nutrition, applied kinesiology, and natural remedies. She now specializes in severe functional medicine cases, helping people with issues concerning their thyroid, blood sugar, gut health, and hormone dysfunction as well as other metabolic conditions.
In this podcast, we cover:
- How we need to be patient when it comes to weight loss
- The reasons that we need to use COVID as an opportunity to create wellness in our lives
- The role of neurotransmitters in our bodies
- The difference between will power and a chemical imbalance in the body
- How to get more dopamine, and what could be causing your dopamine depletion
- The effects of mold on human health and how to detox after exposure
- About heavy metals and how they can affect our brains
When we are presented with a health problem, we are always waiting for the pill. If we choose not to use medication, then we are waiting for a supplement or a magic diet. After five months into a pandemic, nothing is coming. When you dive into the research of vaccines, it could easily take four years. Hopefully, people are looking at themselves and finding things to do to make their life better. We should come out of this with a new paradigm of health.
Then, Dr. Ann-Marie tells us all about neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers; they are brain chemicals that make us feel happy, sad, connected, motivated, etc. They can also help us curb our cravings and addictions. Serotonin and dopamine are powerful neurotransmitters when it comes to feeling good.
Processed carbohydrates and processed sugar will spike your neurotransmitters and make you feel good short-term. Food is a drug – ultimately, you are getting a serotonin and dopamine high from these refined sugars. Most people will not feel normal unless they have processed carbohydrates. This constant snacking will make your neurotransmitters tanked. To figure out if there is an issue between will power or a matter of a chemical imbalance in the body, Dr. Ann-Marie says that it’s essential to test your serotonin and dopamine levels. Testing can be pivotal to a patient’s life.
Not sure if you’re dopamine deficient? Dr. Ann-Marie reveals a list of symptoms:
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Self-destructive thoughts
- Inability to handle stress
- Anger and aggression while under stress
- Feeling unrested after sleep
- Isolating yourself from others
- Unexplained lack of concern for family and friends
- Easily distracted from tasks
- Inability to finish tasks
- Consuming caffeine to stay alert
- Decreased libido
You can feel so much better than you already do if you fix your dopamine levels. Dopamine is a super powerful neurotransmitter. Stress, nutrition, gut issues, environmental toxins, and blood sugar changes will deplete dopamine. Run tests to look at your dopamine levels and the ways that you can fix it.
Stay tuned as we talk about the effects of mold on human health and how to detox after exposure. Plus, we dive deep into the problems with heavy metals and the adverse effects it can have on our brains.
Dr. Ann-Marie’s message for the world is never to rule out mold, and it’s never because you are getting older.
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