A couple weeks ago, we went out to Enchanted Rock, a Pink granite boulder rising 425 feet above the ground, covering 640 acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country. We hiked the quick 10 minutes to the top and walked to every edge, looking down over the fields of sage and cedar and crawling between rocks and in small caves. We were tickled, well-PINK because it was a huge difference from a few years ago when we made that hike and it struck terror in my heart! The slant of the rock had me almost crawling to the top and the edges gave me vertigo. You see, at that time I had a deficiency of serotonin levels in my brain. Serotonin is the brain chemical that makes you feel happy. A fear of heights is just one of the symptoms of this imbalance. Assess Your Brain Chemistry and see if false moods or phobias are holding you back. For me, this little rock was a big problem causing my palms to sweat , my head to spin and my husband to think I was going CRAZY! Today, having rebalanced my brain chemicals, this rock had nothing on me!
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (brain chemical) that is our primary defense against depression and anxiety. Serotonin provides a positive outlook, emotional stability, self-confidence, emotional and mental flexibility and a sense of humor. Serotonin is synthesized in the body by the amino acid, Tryptophan. 80% of the people in the US are deficient in serotonin, some more severely than others.
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When deficient in serotonin, you will notice symptoms including the following:
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Afternoon or evening cravings Negativity, depression
Worry, anxiety Low self-esteem
Obsessive thoughts or behaviors Hyperactivity
Controlling, perfectionism Winter blues
Irritability, rage (PMS) Dislike hot weather
Fibromyalgia, TMJ, other pain Suicidal thoughts
Panic attacks; phobias (fear of heights, small spaces, snakes, etc)
Physical symptoms of serotonin deficiency include gut and heart problems (stomach in knots, constipation), sleep problems, fibromyalgia, TMJ, Migraines and cravings for carbohydrates, alcohol and certain drugs. These symptoms cause many people to turn to substances including sweets, chocolate, starch, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, ecstasy and anti-depressant drugs. If you are concerned that you might be relying on these foods and substances to soothe a brain chemical imbalance, contact me for a complimentary consultation. The important thing to recognize is that even though some of the symptoms sound like depression or mental illness, it may simply be a matter of an imbalance of brain chemicals-a false mood. In other words, it is not all in your head!I remember how relieved I felt when I figured that out.