Brain neurochemistry can be influenced by factors such as age, genetics, stress, dietary intake, exercise levels, and medication consumption. Many individuals do not synthesize neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine properly. Serotonin controls sleep, depression, anxiety, anger, and hunger. Dopamine is known to control anger, cravings and addictive behaviors (such as tobacco abuse).
The B vitamins help promote energy, serotonin and dopamine formation. Taurine helps calm the body by regulating neurotransmitters. 5 HTP helps with melatonin and serotonin formation. 5HTP also reduces appetite (carbohydrate) cravings.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach Florida. Please contact the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.