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Mental Health: The Neurotransmitter Edition

Brain and mental health concerns affect a huge number of people. But, where does it all come from? Does it start, or continue, because of the way the brain and nervous system is working?

Some of it is genetic, passed down from our families. Some of it is triggered by stress and/or traumatic life events. Many times it seems to be related to “brain chemicals” called neurotransmitters. And, most likely, it’s a complex combination of many of these, plus other factors!

Today we’re talking neurotransmitters and their roles in mental health for stress and mood. Plus, I’ll let you in on what doesn’t work, as well as one major thing you can do to help to boost your brain health, mental health (and neurotransmitters)!

Neuro-what? (Neurotransmitters)

How Neurotransmitters Work

Key Neurotransmitters

Key Neurotransmitter #1 – Serotonin (“happy”)

Key Neurotransmitter #2 – Norepinephrine (NE) (“alertness” and “stress”)

Key Neurotransmitter #3 – Dopamine (DA) (“motivation” and “behaviour”)

Neurotransmitters and Stress

Neurotransmitters and Mental Health

Foods, Supplements and your Neurotransmitters

Foods and Supplements for Serotonin?

Exercise for Brain and Mental Health

Exercise and Your Neurotransmitters


Neurotransmitters are key chemicals our neurons use to communicate with each other. They are made from amino acids and are essential for optimal brain and mental health.

Eating and supplementing with key amino acids may not do much – but something else does. That is: regular exercise!

Regular exercise is a way to help boost our moods and ability to think and remember well. Exercise does this through improving the blood and oxygen flow to the brain, stimulation of our brains’ ability to change itself, as well as has positive effects on brain chemicals including neurotransmitters.

NOTE: If you think you may have any brain or mental illness, please see your licensed healthcare professional.


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