Balancing Neurotransmitters for a Healthy, VIBRANT Brain

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in your body that regulate everything from your mood and motivation to your food cravings, libido, sleep habits, and more. In fact, virtually all functions in your body are controlled by neurotransmitters. When your neurotransmitters are balanced, your body can perform all of the necessary functions. However, when there is disrupted communication between the brain and the body, one can start to experience serious effects both physically and mentally. Let’s break down the science behind balancing neurotransmitters–something that will help you to achieve optimal, VIBRANT health!

What is a Neurotransmitter?

As I mentioned above, neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers in your body that carry and stimulate signals between neurons (or nerve cells) and target cells (cells in glands, muscles, or even other neurons) throughout the body.

Billions of neurotransmitter molecules in the body are working constantly to keep us running physically. They also serve several psychological functions such as regulating our moods, our sense of fear, pleasure, and joy.

For neurons to send important messengers throughout the body, they need to be able to communicate with each other to transmit these signals. This process is called neurotransmission. It occurs in the tiny gap between neurons known as a synapse. It is in this space where the neurotransmission happens. When an electrical signal reaches the end of a neuron, it triggers the release of a neurotransmitter which moves across the gap and binds and triggers actions in the cells


What Types of Neurotransmitters Are There?

We are unsure just how many neurotransmitters there are in the body, but scientists have identified more than 60 distinct chemical messengers. (1) Certain neurotransmitters have different functions. They can have an excitatory action, meaning they stimulate an action. They can be inhibitory, meaning they stop certain actions. And, they can be modulatory, meaning that they can affect a larger number of neurons at the same time.

Neurotransmitters can also be classified in many ways but can be categorized into one of six types: amino acids, peptides, monoamines, purines, gasotransmitters, and acetylcholine. The science is obviously complex, but below is a short summary of the six types of neurotransmitters in the body (2).


Amino Acids:

    • Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA): This naturally occurring amino acid acts as the body’s main inhibitory chemical messenger. GABA contributes to vision, motor control, and plays a role in the regulation of anxiety. Benzodiazepines, which are used to help treat anxiety, function by increasing the efficiency of GABA neurotransmitters, which can increase feelings of relaxation and calm. Click here for a natural alternative to benzodiazepines!

My #1 Natural Anxiety & Sleep Aid

Boost GABA levels with DHH-B, a natural alternative to benzodiazepines like Valium.


    • Oxytocin: This powerful hormone acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It is produced by the hypothalamus and plays a role in social recognition, bonding, and sexual reproduction. (3)
    • Endorphins: Endorphins inhibit pain signals and can trigger feelings of euphoria.


    • Epinephrine: This neurotransmitter is also a hormone, also known as adrenaline. Generally, epinephrine is a stress hormone that is released by the adrenal system. However, it functions as a neurotransmitter in the brain.
    • Norepinephrine: This is the fight or flight neurotransmitter. This neurotransmitter can be very high during periods of stress. It is usually its lowest when we’re sleeping.
    • Histamine: Histamine is an organic compound that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and spinal cord. It plays a huge role in allergic reactions and is produced as part of the immune system’s response to pathogens. Histamine also exists all around us. It’s in the air we breathe, the foods we eat, and basically everywhere in our environment.

Some of us have what is called histamine intolerance in which we react strongly to exposure to histamines in our environment. Read more about histamine intolerance here.  Supporting histamine levels is one of the easiest ways to support your immune system and to prevent allergic reactions.

Balance Histamine Response

HistaQuel® is a comprehensive formula providing a multi-faceted, systemic approach to supporting healthy mast cell function and histamine response*

    • Dopamine: Commonly known as the feel-good neurotransmitter, dopamine is involved in reward and motivation. Several types of addictive drugs increase dopamine levels in the brain. This chemical messenger also plays an important role in the coordination of body movements. Parkinson’s disease, which is a degenerative disease that results in tremors and motor movement impairments, is caused by the loss of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain.
    • Serotonin: A hormone and neurotransmitter, serotonin plays an important role in regulating and modulating mood, sleep, anxiety, sexuality, and appetite.

NAD+ IV Therapy

NAD+ IV Therapy is a brain boosting, anti-aging treatment with far-reaching neurological benefits. NAD+ helps to reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms, as well as boosts brain regeneration, which makes it helpful for those undergoing therapy for substance abuse or addiction recovery. Learn More

Book a NAD+IV today:




    • Adenosine: This naturally occurring chemical acts as a neuromodulator in the brain and is involved in suppressing arousing and improving sleep.
    • Adenosine triphosphate (ATP): ATP is the energy-carrying molecule. It acts as a neurotransmitter in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Research suggests it may also have a part in some neurological problems including pain, trauma, and neurodegenerative disorders.


    • Nitric oxide: This compound plays a role in affecting smooth muscles, relaxing them to allow blood vessels to dilate and increase blood flow to certain areas of the body.

Some have called nitric oxide one of the most important substances your body can produce. Working as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neurotransmitter, and vasodilator, Nitric Oxide has been shown to help promote memory and learning, increase arousal in both men and women, protect against sun damage and skin cancer, and even regulate digestive enzymes and hormones. (4, 5, 6)

Increase Nitric Oxide!

Human n’s proprietary, patented Neo40 formula out of the University of Texas Health Science Center’s N-O Discovery Program, is a convenient daily supplement that helps to quickly increase your body’s Nitric Oxide.

    • Carbon monoxide: This colorless, odorless gas can have toxic and potentially fatal effects when people are exposed to high levels of the substance. Interestingly, it is also produced naturally by the body where it acts as a neurotransmitter that helps modulate the body’s inflammatory response. (7)


    • Acetylcholine: This is the only neurotransmitter in its class. Found in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, it is the primary neurotransmitter associated with motor neurons. It plays a role in muscle movements as well as memory and learning.

Balancing Neurotransmitters

As you’ve just learned from the short summary above (yes, that was short!), neurotransmitters are pivotal to every single process in the body. Keeping these important chemical messengers functioning properly is a complex process in which many different interventions can be employed to either stimulate, inhibit, or balance them in the body. Along with the specific supplements and IVs mentioned above, my favorite way for overall help with balancing neurotransmitters in the body is my custom-formulated Neuro Recharge IV Therapy at my practice Tringali Vibrant Health.

Neuro Recharge IV Therapy

Neuro Recharge IV Therapy combines Amino Acid Therapy, minerals, B Complex, and Glutathione to balance neurotransmitters, detoxify your entire body, eliminate physical cravings, improve clarity, and break you from your addiction (foods, alcohols, and drugs) or depression.

Neuro Recharge IV Therapy IS IDEAL FOR patients with:

      • Fatigue
      • Depression
      • Addictions to food, alcohol, cigarettes or drugs
      • Anyone over age 40
      • Memory Loss
      • ADD/ADHD

Book a Neuro Recharge IV today:


There is so much to say about the way that neurotransmitters function in our body. I will continue this conversation in more articles to come, but from a general standpoint, balancing neurotransmitters is one of the best things you can do to support your brain and body. When they become unbalanced, we can experience depression and anxiety, lack of motivation, and increased inflammation in the body. 

Find out whether a neurotransmitter imbalance is affecting your health today by booking a consultation at Tringali Vibrant Health: 561-283-1166

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to email me at 

Elizabeth Tringali, PA-C

Functional Medicine Expert and Founder of Tringali Vibrant Health

Related Articles:



    Request a Consultation:

    Are you ready to achieve optimal, VIBRANT health? Leave your name and number below to request a consult with any of our practitioners. Or, call us at 561-283-1166 today.

    11 + 9 =

    Dr. Gandhi’s Top 5 Supplements for Vibrant Health

    My Top 5 Supplements for Vibrant Health Tringali Vibrant Health takes a personalized approach to vitamin and nutrient supplementation. Everybody is different and every "body" has different needs and deficiencies. However, there are some supplements from which almost...

    Welcome Wendy Finkelstein, PA-C

    October 19, 2021 Dear Patients & Friends, We are overjoyed to announce Wendy Finkelstein, PA-C as a new practitioner at Tringali Vibrant Health! As many of you know, Tringali Vibrant Health has been growing very quickly over the past few years. This growth is due...

    What is SIBO?

    You may have heard the word “SIBO” recently, but you might not be sure what it is. At Tringali Vibrant Health, SIBO is something we see a lot of in our patients. Symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, bloating after eating, and even anxiety and depression are all signs...

    Candida: The Fungus Among Us

    What is Candida? You are probably familiar with the "microbiome," the good and bad colony of microorganisms living in the gut that not only keeps our digestive health moving but also powers the immune system, defends against pathogens, improves nutrition including...

    New Tringali Vibrant Health Online Store!

    We Are Delighted to Announce a New Way to Buy High-Quality, Tringali Approved Supplements & Products! You've spoken, and we've listened. After many requests from you, our patients, to offer the high-quality supplements and products recommended by Elizabeth...

    Does Gut Health Affect Mood Disorders?

    Does Gut Health Affect Mood Disorders? Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard about the importance of the gut microbiome when it comes to your health. The gut microbiome obviously plays a significant role in the digestive health. But, it also...

    How Does Mitochondria Affect Aging and Skin Health?

    Your Mitochondria Affect Aging in Many Ways Yes, your mitochondria affect aging, too! Mitochondria are well known as the powerhouse of the cell. They are the “energy factory” of our bodies. In fact, mitochondria produce 90% of the energy our bodies need to function....

    What is Methylation?

    What is Methylation and Why Should You Care About It? Methylation is a term that you may have heard recently. If you’re a patient at Tringali Vibrant Health, you’ve definitely heard it. If you haven’t, we’re going to break down this incredibly important biochemical...

    Is IV Nutritional Therapy the Key to Getting the Nutrients We Need?

    Is IV Nutritional Therapy the Key to replenishing important nutrients that may be missing from our food? The answer may surprise you. Fruits and vegetables are extraordinarily rich in nutrients and phytochemicals that fuel our cells. Lean meats & fish, legumes,...

    Autoimmune Disease Triggers: Mold, Metals, and Gluten

    Autoimmune Disease Triggers Identifying autoimmune disease triggers and causes can be a lot like solving a puzzle. This intricate network of cells, tissues, organs, and chemical messengers protects us against bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders—that is, when...

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

    Subscribe To Our Newsletter

    Join our mailing list to receive the latest functional medicine news, specials, and updates from our team.

    -Elizabeth Tringali, PA-C & Kunal P. Gandhi, M.D.

    You have Successfully Subscribed!