Not many people talk about the interrelationship of hormones – neurotransmitters – gut health – nutrition – cognitive function, but for me, that stuff is fascinating. Since we produce a lot of our neurotransmitters in our gut, working through those internal processes is so important for overall wellness.
This is why Neurotyping has resonated so strongly with me. It really gives us a deeper look at an individual level on how to optimize what’s going on internally. I’m a firm believer that if we take care of things internally, the external will follow.
So I’m going to nerd out for a second here on some of the basics of Neurotyping.
There are 5 neurological profiles categorized by their neurotransmitter dominance: Dopamine dominant – type’s 1A and 1B. Adrenaline dominant – type 2A. Glutamate dominant – 2B. Serotonin dominant – type 3.
Why does that matter? Well, let’s say a type 3 individual who has low levels of serotonin and is naturally very anxious decides to pick a training template to do. The program itself can be a fantastic program and very well designed, however, if there’s a lot of explosive movements, or constant variation, the type 3 will not progress effectively AND will have a higher risk of injury.
Reason being, when you’re overly anxious and serotonin is low, you don’t want to increase neuronal activity (fancy way of saying you want to do something that’s comfortable and won’t activate your central nervous system more than it already is). Explosive movements and high training variation will do just that causing even more anxiety. An overly anxious person will compromise form (shoulders round forward, muscle tense up, and risk of injury goes up).
This is just one example on the training side of things. When it comes to nutrition, if that same person tries to do a fasting protocol or very low carb diet, they are going to be under even more stress and overproduce cortisol. Chronically elevated cortisol has a plethora of issues associated with it like stored belly fat, blood sugar imbalance, insulin resistance, decrease thyroid function, to name a few. And this gets us into the connection of neurotransmitters, hormones, and nutrition.
For a type 1 (A or B), they can do very well on a fasting protocol or low carb plan because they naturally produce more serotonin, meaning they handle stress better.
This is just scratching the surface but hopefully provides some insight into the world of Neurotyping and how amazing it truly is!