Mood and Sleep

SYMPTOMS

Proteins make many things in our body including brain neurotransmitters which are responsible for our moods and sleep. Many people who have advanced adrenal fatigue or gastrointestinal issues will also have neurotransmitter deficiencies that can present with mood disruption, sleep disturbances or muscle loss.

When cortisol is imbalanced not only does it impact other hormones, but it also can have significant impact on the gastrointestinal tract. Often with stress and cortisol dysregulation, digestion and absorption become impaired. If your gastrointestinal tract is not digesting or absorbing optimally then you will often see nutrient deficiencies and in particular amino acid deficiencies. Both nutrients and amino acids are essential for optimal hormonal function. Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins. Proteins make many things in our body including brain neurotransmitters which are responsible for our moods and sleep. Many people who have advanced adrenal fatigue or gastrointestinal issues will also have neurotransmitter deficiencies that can present with mood disruption, sleep disturbances or muscle loss. Specific amino acid deficiencies can be determined in urine testing and replacement amino acids is a prescription that comes in powdered form that you mix into water and have on a daily basis. Your prescription and the duration of replacement will be determined by your practitioner.

Amino acid testing provides considerable information and is an important part of a work up for anyone with symptoms in keeping with advanced adrenal fatigue, mood disruption, sleep or digestive issues. Not only does it provide information about specific amino acid deficiencies but also maldigestion/malabsorption, dysbiosis (an imbalance between the good and the bad bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract), and impaired detoxification.

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