Dr Ann Barter | How to Balance Neurotransmitters in the Brain Naturally - KKP: 210


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Today, I am blessed to have here with me Dr. Ann-Marie Barter, a chiropractor who serves Niwot, Longmont, Boulder, Lyons, Louisville, Lafayette and the surrounding communities in the Denver Metro Area.

Dr. Ann graduated from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, an accredited 4 year Doctoral program that is considered a leader in evidence-based medicine, and the first Chiropractic school to be awarded a federal research grant.

Dr. Ann underwent rigorous clinical training with some of the finest chiropractors. Dr. Ann has also undergone advanced training in Applied Kinesiology, completing over 400 extra classroom hours and is certified to practice Applied Kinesiology. She has also studied Functional Blood Chemistry under Dr. Kharrazian.

Dr. Ann also hosts The Fearless Health Podcast. The show is dedicated to all thing’s natural health and wellness. Whether it be alternative and functional medicine, structural, spiritual, or fitness and nutrition, Dr. Ann will cover it based on her experiences in practice over the last ten years or with the help of special guests and curated interviews.

In this episode, Dr. Ann talks all about neurotransmitters. First, she explains that neurotransmitters are the messengers in our body; they are crucial to our overall health and happiness. If you're curious about how well your neurotransmitters are working, Dr. Ann recommends getting an Organic Acids Test (OAT) done. Plus, Dr. Ann reveals which supplements she recommends to her patients struggling with dopamine levels. Tune in as we talk about the effect carbs will have on dopamine and why ketosis is so essential for our neurotransmitter health.

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[02:15] About Dr. Ann

  • At 16, Dr. Ann went to the doctor. She didn’t feel well, but the doctor told her she was normal.
  • One day, Dr. Ann had terrible stomach pain, she went to a different doctor. It turns out, Dr. Ann’s appendix exploded.
  • Later, Dr. Ann had severe hives that sent her to the emergency room. No one talked to her about diet. So, she sought care from natural providers. They spoke to her about diet, environmental pollutants, and hormones.

[05:15] Why Dr. Ann Loves Neurotransmitters

  • Ann meets patients who just can’t change their diets. Person after person, Dr. Ann wanted to know what was going on.
  • She started to run tests on herself and found out her neurotransmitters were in the toilet. Dr. Ann was exposed to black mold, it was contributing to a lot of her problems.
  • When she found the black mold, Dr. Ann moved out.

[09:15] About Neurotransmitters

  • Neurotransmitters are messengers for your body.
  • They work in the brain and make us feel good. However, they also run digestion, muscle coordination, and other functions.
  • When we think about adrenal health, dopamine shares a pathway with our fight or flight chemicals. It’s associated with our adrenal health. Sometimes when someone is exhausted, it could be dopamine depletion.
  • Dopamine can become depleted for a variety of reasons. Some people do not methylate correctly. Chronic stress can also deplete dopamine.

[11:45] How Methylation Works

  • You need certain chemicals to make the dopamine conversion.
  • There is a test to figure out how your pathways are working.
  • If you don’t have the nutrients to run a pathway, it might not be a methylation issue.
  • Make sure that you are running the pathway appropriately.
  • Not having the right nutrients can cause stress.
  • When Dr. Ann runs testing, people are depleted in Vitamin C, B6, and magnesium.
  • It can be as simple as supporting the body with some nutrients so the pathway can run better.

[16:15] Getting The Organic Acids Test

  • There are other tests, but Dr. Ann uses an Organic Acids Test.
  • This test is fantastic because it can check for black mold.
  • Before taking the test, do a glutathione challenge.
  • If someone has dopamine depletion, it could be related to something they have been exposed to.

[22:00] Recommending Supplements

  • When someone goes to see Dr. Ann, they have poor gut health. That’s why Dr. Ann will recommend supplements.
  • If you are chronically iron deficient, then something in the gut could be creating inflammation.
  • Ann would like to kill critters before supplementing.
  • If you can optimize your gut, you can get the necessary vitamins and minerals through your food.
  • Ann will give a product that has B6, B9, B12, and B2. However, she checks with the individual where they are high and where they are low.

[24:40] How Carbs Will Affect Our Dopamine

  • When someone wants carbs to feel satisfied, they could go overboard.
  • Processed carbs make our neurotransmitters pop up and crash even lower than before.
  • When you have been overeating carbs, you try and increase your dopamine levels. However, the dopamine will be lower than they were before.

[33:10] The Benefits Of Ketosis On Neurotransmitters

  • All hormones rise in ketosis.
  • Being in ketosis is beneficial for neurotransmitters as long as you are not too depleted.
  • If someone is starving themselves, then it may not be beneficial for neurotransmitters.
  • As a general rule, fasting is good for neurotransmitters.

[39:20] The Best Foods For Neurotransmitters

  • You want proteins!
  • Vegetables and fats are also essential.
  • Nuts and seeds will help with your neurotransmitters as well.

[50:40] How To Know What You’re Lacking

  • Run an Organic Acids Test (OAT) to see what’s going on.
  • It’s a urine test.

[52:40] Increasing Glutathione

  • Ann will give it to her patients straight – it is critical for overall health.
  • Also, Dr. Ann recommends a glutathione liposomal.


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