In this interview, Beverly Meyer, clinical, holistic nutritionist, explains the importance of having a proper level of the neurotransmitter gamma aminobuyteric acid (GABA). She explains that this important, but little known, neurotransmitter balances out our “fight or flight” system with our “rest and digest” system.
The parasympathetic nervous system is used to help us recover and digest nutrients so the body can repair itself. When we are “go, go, go” we also need to “slow, slow, slow,” says Beverly or our health will suffer with things like insomnia, anxiety, obesity, digestive and elimination problems, even high blood pressure.
Our bodies can handle a lot of stress, but we all have our limits. We must release our stress every day, just as it builds every day, or adrenaline and dopamine will cause damage to our organs.
GABA and serotonin are the neurotransmitters responsible for helping us reach the place where we can relax. Some people are “up” so frequently and for long duration from stimulants or stress that they have a deficiency of GABA. The problem here is when they do have the opportunity to wind down, they are not able to because they “fight or flight” system is still firing.
Beverly gives tips on what you can do to help increase your GABA and live a relaxed, healthy life.
Topics Discussed in this Podcast
- Sympathetic nervous system neurotransmitters – adrenaline and dopamine
- Parasympathetic neurotransmitters – GABA and serotonin
- Paleo eating
- Grains – wheat, millet, rice, etc.
- Seeds – sunflower, quinoa, almonds, etc.
- Fats and oils
- Beverly Meyer Clinical, Holistic Nutritionist – website
- Passion Flower tincture
- Book – “The Edge Effect” by Eric Braverman
- The Primal Blueprint
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