Tuesday, December 14, 2010

GABA Dominant Personality

50% of the world’s population is known as having a GABA dominant personality and share common traits; stability, consistency, sociability and concern for others. They are nature’s nurturers and are great working as caretakers. They are dependable and can be counted on to be at work every day. They work well and like to set goals, organize projects, schedule activities and take charge of others. Many people with high GABA levels have careers in administration, accountants, nurses, EMTs, air-traffic controllers and homemakers. Not only are they good workers, they take care of their family and friends as they cherish one-on-one relationships. If you befriend a GABA-dominant personality you will be a friend for life. Their ultimate goal is to make others happy. They believe in family life, are religious and enjoy establishing traditions especially when it comes to holiday activities.

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If they produce too much GABA they tend to set high expectations for themselves and others, whether they are a boss, coworker, friend or spouse and because they crave love and attention, they often spend a lot of time looking for opportunities to care for others even at the cost of their own needs. Too much GABA can cause a person to have high blood pressure and a rapid heart rate making it hard for them to fall asleep easy.

On the other hand, if they have low levels of GABA either by the brain burning too much or producing too little a shift in personality occurs. A deficiency in one neurotransmitter like GABA means there is an excess of another, which produces personality traits associated with a dominance of the other neurotransmitter. A balanced brain creates a smooth, steady flow of energy, but a person with low GABA creates energy in bursts. These energy bursts upsets the brain’s well-being and they are unable to deal with life’s stress. They appear nervous, anxious and irritable often demonstrating poor emotional stability and reverting to childish behavior.

Overtime, like a sleep deprivation, it affects their memory, slow reflexes that can impair driving and lack concentration. Physically, low GABA sleep levels can cause a rapid change and chronic onset (lasts three months or more) with conditions like allergies, diarrhea or constipation, insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive amounts of sleepiness), often to a point that they are anxious about their own general health. Other related physical symptoms include; backaches, carbohydrate cravings, dizziness, headaches, hypertension, IBS, PMS, nausea, tinnitus, urinary frequency, a rapid heart rate and even seizures.

Usually these people love to plan events, read history books, collect memorabilia and create scrapbooks now they show signs of stress, manic depression, obsessive compulsive disorder phobias, display rage and even have thoughts of suicide.

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According to the book, The Edge Effect, by Eric R. Braverman MD, you can treat a GABA deficiency with a controlled diet of bananas, rice bran, citrus fruit, whole grains, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, broccoli, molasses, liver/organ meats, halibut, lentils, baked or mashed potatoes, tree nuts and caffeine-free herbal teas. Lifestyle changes should include; taking time to relax, establishing a nightly routine to get enough sleep and aerobic exercise. When you can accomplish daily tasks and help other do likewise without being the center of attention, you are experiencing the GABA Edge Effect.

For more information about GABA see: Bananas have GABA that Reduces Stress and Anxiety to Ease Sleep

Eric R. Braverman, MD, as presented at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) Annual Conference, June 2003. Dr. Braverman was a member of the pioneering research team at Harvard University that developed the BEAM (Brain Electrical Activity Map), a noninvasive device to measure neurotransmitter levels in functioning brains through electrical activity. For more information, his book, The Edge Effect: Achieve Total Health and Longevity with the Balanced Brain Advantage is highly recommended reading.

The content in GABA Dominant Personality is for information purposes only, intended to raise the awareness of different solutions for your sleep problems and should not be considered medical advice. For medical diagnosis and treatment, please see your qualified health-care professional. Tell your doctor before taking any supplement like GABA for sleep as it may have an interaction with other medications or health issues.
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