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Feel Better - 10 Best Ways to Boost Your Serotonin Levels

Good Serotonin Levels: We don’t just “feel better.” To feel better, we manufacture serotonin using an amino acid called tryptophan as the precursor. Image: Mark’s Daily Apple

So how can someone with inadequate serotonin levels boost the available serotonin in their brains? It is much more than the “feel-good hormone.” It also influences sexual desire and helps us remember. It’s the precursor to melatonin, the neurotransmitter that allows us to sleep.

Serotonin is a major regulator of mood and depression risk. These are important, vital roles, to be sure. Your mood describes how you experience and interpret the world. If it’s consistently bad, you’re going to have a rough time.  We often forget that “thoughts” and “feelings” aren’t just ephemera floating around inside our heads without a material representative.

Thoughts and Emotions Are Physical Things

Every thought, feeling, emotion, or mood we experience is a physical thing made of matter. Although we mainly think of serotonin as a neurotransmitter acting on the brain, our guts are the biggest producers of serotonin. About 90% of the serotonin in our bodies is produced in the gut, where it helps trigger the contractions that push food through the GI tract and initiates nausea and vomiting (when necessary).

Sunlight is a direct trigger of serotonin synthesis. The brighter the sunlight, the higher the serotonin production. This may explain seasonal affective disorder, where depression spikes during colder, darker months. It may also explain why sun exposure increases cognitive function in both depressed and healthy subjects, or why bright light exposure prevents bad moods after tryptophan depletion.  Read full article… marksdailyapple.com


Diet & Nutrition : How to Increase Serotonin With Foods & Vitamins

Serotonin is a brain chemical that is really important for a normal mood and emotion and the antidepressants that people are usually taking are having some positive effect on serotonin levels.  That’s part of what they do. Serotonin levels are raised naturally by sunlight, and so we have higher serotonin levels during the summer months versus the winter months, which is why a lot of people experience what they call a winter depression called seasonal affective disorder.

Foods that can be eaten to increase serotonin levels include bananas and walnuts, although carbohydrates themselves can temporarily increase serotonin. Learn about vitamins that increase serotonin, such as vitamin B6 and vitamin C, with help from a licensed dietitian/nutritionist in this free video on increasing serotonin through the diet.

Expert: Heidi Kaufman

Heidi Kaufman is a licensed dietitian and nutritionist, and she is a certified diabetes educator for Partners in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Filmmaker: Rendered Communications


More resources:

http://www.11alive.com/news/these-foods-will-boost-your-mood-and-make-you-happy/439383592These foods will boost your mood and make you happy – WXIA-TV WXIA – Americans discuss food in emotional terms: It can be a comfort, a reward, a guilty pleasure, a bit of nostalgia. For years, researchers have treated what we eat as a role player in our emotions and science has proven what we put in our mouth affects …



http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/light-walking-exercise-boosts/2017/05/12/id/789781/Light Exercise Boosts Spirits – Newsmax Dozens of studies have found that exercising can lift your spirits by boosting levels of serotonin — the “feel good” hormone — but a study from the University of Connecticut shows the exercise doesn’t have to leave you sweating and panting for breath.



http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/psychologist-offers-cheats-for-everyday-cravings-like-cheese-and-sugar-1-7956406Psychologist offers cheats for everyday cravings like cheese and sugar – Milton Keynes Citizen The craving – During the dark winter months the lack of sunshine leaves most of us deficient in our feel-good brain chemical serotonin. As our serotonin levels drop, our brain seeks balance and we crave carbs. Refined carbohydrates – such as white rice …



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Cee Harmon is the founder of Elevate Christian Network and Elevate Your Potential Magazine. He enjoys helping people improve the quality of their lives - spirit, soul, and body.
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