The anxiety pendulum – as your brain experiences larger and more frequent swings, whether it’s from aging, stress, drug or alcohol abuse, or just burned-out GABA, you have engaged in the GABA deficiency. Beyond cortisol release, a GABA loss directly affects all body systems including heart, the immune system, sexual functioning, as well as the bones, muscles, and skin.
- GABA deficiency leads to choppy signals from the brain to the heart, which can lead to cardiac arrhythmias and heart attacks.
- Anger and anxiety, caused by low GABA levels, are two of the strongest predictors of high blood pressure.
- Lack of internal calm can lead to digestive problems, including reflux, heartburn, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, or constipation
- Low GABA leads to pain in your bones, muscles, and joints, such as chronic back pain.
- A constant state of tension and anxiety can lead to a loss of sexual interest as well as sexual dysfunction.
Typical symptoms of low levels of GABA include:
- Feeling on edge
- Being easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
- Muscle tension
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Sweaty, clammy hands
- Cold extremities
- High startle response
- Feelings of panic
- Excessive worry
- Attention deficit
- Mood swings
- Sleep problems
- Out-of-body feelings
- Obsessive compulsive traits
Choose a variety of foods that contain GABA nutrients that are high in Vitamin B. The following list contains foods that are high in glutamine, the amino acid that is a precursor to GABA. Bananas, broccoli, and brown rice are all packed with inositol, another B-complex vitamin that boosts GABA production.
- Beef Liver
- Brown rice
- Rice bran
- Whole grains
For more help and information, contact my office at Path Medical for a full check-up. We treat the body as a whole – checking every organ system. We all know that our entire body, from the top of our head to the soles of our feet, are intricately interconnected. Our internal organs do not function independently.
Eric Braverman MD is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. Dr. Braverman is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.