Norepinephrine is a hormone and neurotransmitter naturally produced by your body. As part of the body's defensive systems, it helps produce instant energy during times of crisis. Along with adrenalin and epinephrine, it's partly responsible for the "fight or flight" response. Too much norepinephrine has been linked to depression and bipolar disorder. While many pharmaceuticals can help reduce the presence of norepinephrine, some natural methods can be almost or just as effective. Keep in mind that brain chemistry is a complex, high-risk subject. Consult with your physician before and during any steps you take in this direction.
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Because norepinephrine is released in response to stress, do what you can to minimise stress in your life. Some keys to reducing stress include time management, spending time with friends and taking time out each day for yourself.
Sleep between 7 and 9 hours per night, even if it means leaving some work unfinished. Sufficient sleep reduces stress (and thus norepinephrine). It also leaves you more productive the following day. More productivity means less work to bring home, less stress at work and more time for sleep.
Get at least 20 minutes of mild to moderate exercise daily. Exercise stimulates the production of serotonin, which naturally balances norepinephrine. Good, sustainable exercises for this purpose include walking, jogging, swimming, and group fitness classes like spinning or yoga.
Practice relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing, t'ai chiIntentionally relaxing can reduce the production of norepinephrine. Tai chi and yoga are especially useful, as they combine reduced norepinephrine from relaxation with increased serotonin from exercise.
Avoid eating foods with too much copper or tyrosine. Both of these chemicals are used in the production of norepinephrine. Copper-rich foods include nuts, seeds, liver and shellfish. Tyrosine-rich foods include soy, eggs & cheese.
You can take herbal supplements. There are several herbal supplements available that claim to reduce norepinephrine, or to in general alleviate anxiety and depression. As of 2009, the FDA does not regulate claims made by herbal remedy manufacturers. If you wish to try herbal remedies, check with your doctor or another trusted wellness professional.
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