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Excitatory Neurotransmitters: Substance's Impact on Tourette's and Tic Disorders

tic disorder Dec 29, 2023

Excitatory Neurotransmitters: Substance's Impact on Tourette's and Tic Disorders

Tics/Tourette syndrome and excitatory substances

👉🏻What this study says 🤯

👉🏻What are excitatory substances?
👉🏻Is there a connection and what does this mean for you?

 

Hey there! We'll be diving into how our diet, especially excitatory substances, affects neurological conditions. Ever wondered about the role of food in conditions like Tourette Syndrome? Let’s unravel this together.

The Science Behind Excitatory Neurotransmitters & Substances

Neurotransmitters are the brain's messengers. Excitatory ones, like glutamate, wake up our brain cells, making them more active. They're essential for learning but, if they go overboard, can lead to problems. It's a delicate balance that’s crucial for our brain's health.

Substances and Neurological Impacts

It turns out, what we eat can tickle these neurotransmitters in unexpected ways. A 2011 study shines a light on this, showing how everyday food additives could intensify symptoms in Tourette's and tic disorders. Foods like ramen noodles and cola, loaded with additives, might just be tweaking our brain chemistry more than we realize.

The FDA's Role in Food Safety

Here's a shocker: Over 10,000 additives are okayed in our food, and many haven't been checked out for safety in years. This oversight might be throwing our excitatory neurotransmitters out of whack, affecting people with neurological conditions more than we knew.

Insights from the 2011 Study

This study wasn't just about counting food additives; it was a deep dive into how these additives interact with our neurology. The comparison between kids with and without tic disorders eating the same additive-rich diet was a real eye-opener on the food-brain connection.

Wrapping it Up

So, what's the takeaway? It's clear that excitatory neurotransmitters play a big part in our neurological health, and our diet is a key player in this complex game. Remember, it's not just about filling our stomachs; it's about nurturing our brains too

 

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