Putting the Brakes on your Mind Running Away


With the  pressures of life, many tend to push themselves to the point of burnout.

They do this with habits such as not getting enough sleep, eating too much processed foods, drinking too much coffee and then overextending themselves with work. On top of all of this, we are exposed to environmental toxins leaving us stressed, anxious and too wired.  Fortunately our bodies were designed to deal with this onslaught of “stuff” because our adrenal glands produce hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine when the body reads that it is in a “dangerous” situation.

In return, the amino acid GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) calms the brain down but when in short supply, it does make it more difficult for your body to relax.It helps to regulate the body’s internal rhythm and has an inhibitory effect. Artificial things that imitate GABA are alcohol, marijuana, and tranquilizers.  Unfortunately with time, the body gets accustomed to it and eventually requires more.

ImageThe amino acid GABA, if taken as a supplement can be a better option and is often used for relieving anxiety, improving mood, and treating ADHD. Other symptoms associated with low levels of GABA include the inability to kick back and relax, easily stressed and overwhelmed,  unusual sensitivity to loud noises lights or too much activity and feeling anxious when skipping meals.

Other things which can help balance this amino acid is Taurine which is found through protein rich foods.  It is naturally found in meats such as beef, lamb, fish, eggs, dairy products and brewer’s yeast. Theanine, found especially in green and oolong  also boost GABA as well as Specific B vitamins such as as B3, B6 and B12.

Foods high in glutamic acid also help.  here are some suggestions:  almonds, bananas, broccoli, brown rice, oats, lentils, spinach, shrimp, oranges,walnuts and rice bran.

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