Perhaps the best way to think of neurotransmitters is with an automobile example. Most automobiles in the United States are made to cruise at 60-70 miles per hour, perfect for interstate highways and that summer vacation. If we place that same automobile on a racetrack and drive day-after-day at 130 mph, two things would happen:
1). Parts would fail and
2). We would run the engine so hot that we’d likely evaporate or burnout the oil.
In fact, neurotransmitters such as serotonin act as the brain’s “oil”.
Comparable to a normal automobile on a race track, when we ... ..more
#Excitotoxins excite the nerve or brain cell to death.
MSG/Glutamates Please do not attempt to eliminate every last version of #MSG from your diet or you’ll be absolutely insane by the end of the month, it is much too difficult. Just be mindful that there are a lot of hidden ingredients everywhere If a restaurant says they have no MSG in their food, they are almost always referring to the fact that they don’t add MSG to their food but it comes in vats that way already. Also, there are loopholes so that food manufacturers may label ... ..more
These days we don’t live in cabins on the remote Alaskan tundra so you can only do the best you can with the time and resources you have available. Take it one step at a time, and remember that this isn’t just about chronic neurological and autoimmune illness; it affects everyone. Work toward gradual changes and look for suitable alternatives, as even mild improvements can make a significant difference in health.
Remember that this is not an all or nothing lifestyle change. Gradually remove & replace what you reasonably can. If you can eliminate 40-50% of these toxins, you have made substantial progress toward lifelong neurological health.
There is no need to memorize all of the names for MSG. A good rule of thumb is if it takes you more than 1-2 minutes to read the ingredient list, it has too many #excitotoxins .
Make an #MSG limit & stick with it. Most GF/CF crackers or cookies have at least 3 to 5 hidden chemicals while the majority has 5 to 10, this is what makes them taste good.
A box of Hamburger Helper, RiceaRoni or a can of Campbell’s soup has at least 10 to 20 toxic ingredients. Try to limit each product to 5 or less and avoid having more than a few of these foodstuffs mixed in with homemade meals per day.
Remember, there is almost always a reasonable substitute for favorites. It is also important to realize that your taste buds will adapt once accustomed to less MSG.
Compromise to reduce your overall level.
For example, roasted peanut butter is more convenient & flavorful yet higher in glutamates than raw nut butter. Consider mixing 1⁄2 roasted nut butter with 1⁄2 raw nut butter to cut down on content and retain flavor.
Make up enormous batches of meatballs & patties, seasoned taco meat, stuffed meatloaf, chicken soup, chili, whole grain rice, sandwiches, stirfry, sausages, GF/CF pancakes & waffles, etc., and freeze them in meal size batches for busy nights & mornings. It’s much easier to reheat food in a toaster oven than to cook an entire meal three times a day.
If you occasionally eat fast food, limit the burger to “*protein style” with some plain fries. *This is without the bun.
Don’t forget that anything that is so delicious you just can’t stop eating it or often crave it is undoubtedly chock full of excitotoxins, which are triggering the addiction pathway.
Whenever possible, avoid any processed dipping sauces, soy sauce, soups, gravy, Worcester sauce, and many (not all) salad dressings as well as powder packs in foods such as Top Ramen, mac & cheese, bouillon, Accent, taco & other seasoning packs, etc.
Remember, life is short so it’s a compromise; when you really enjoy something and can’t make or find a good substitute ... ..more
The following are the most important issues to address as soon as you can:
Dietary changes: Reducing neurological irritation and achieving Glutamate #GABA balance is critical!
1). Excitotoxins: The more excitotoxins you have coming into your body will only serve to undo many of the helpful measures you’ve already implemented as well as those below. Therefore, I highly recommend a gluten (wheat, rye, barley), casein (*dairy), & soy free diet. See the attached sheets/PDF regarding dietary guidance. In the end, you can only do the best that you can so if finances do not permit this, simply avoid these ... ..more
Think “delightful dialogue” with #dopamine since this #neurotransmitter is crucial for happiness, a sense of wellbeing, and language. It’s also involved in #muscle control and function. Dopamine is responsible for #motivation , interest, #mood , #speech , and contentment. It is also associated with positive #stress states such as being in love, exercising, listening to music, and of course, #sex . When you don't have enough dopamine, you may have difficulty initiating or completing tasks. Deficiencies also lead to poor #concentration , little or no energy, and lack of motivation. This could be the culprit if you lack the initiative to study the ... ..more