6 Confidential Secrets To Boost Serotonin
Written by: Lilla Bessenyei
Serotonin is an important chemical in your brain and is essential for numerous processes in your body.
Low serotonin levels are associated with:
- Panic attacks
- Low pain tolerance
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Low self-esteem
- Sugar cravings
As you can see, there are many good reasons why you should care about your serotonin. Here is some beneficial information for how you can boost it naturally:
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which your body can’t produce on its own and is crucial for serotonin production. You have to supply your needs from foods that are rich in this amino acid.
Eat more sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds. Spirulina, spinach and seaweed also contain high amounts of it.
2. Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 helps the body to produce brain chemicals and supports proper brain development and function.
Foods that are high in vitamin B6 are: lentils, spinach, beans, carrot, brown rice.
3. Fermented Foods
Fermented foods are used to maintain healthy gut flora. Achieving the right balance of your gut bacteria is crucial for absorbing nutrients that will be used for serotonin production.
Consume more probiotics like: kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented veggies, coconut kefir.
4. Grain-Like Seeds
These foods are high in B vitamins, folic acid, selenium, magnesium and calcium. All of them are necessary for boosting your serotonin levels.
Amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa and millet are great options.
5. Eliminate Stress
Elevated cortisol levels can interfere with serotonin production. Cortisol is called the ‘stress hormone’ because it raises during longer periods of physical or emotional stress.
Exercise, prayer, meditation, hugging, massage and dancing are all good for helping you manage stress. Most of them lift up your oxytocin levels, which can reduce cortisol. Ashwagandha is a powerful tool against it as well. A great source of this herb is Fitlife’s Organifi.
One of the innumerable benefits of exercise is that it enhances serotonin. It also helps you to relieve stress.
The best type of exercise is the one that you enjoy and can do every day. Choose what you like to do and do it. Move your body for at least 30 minutes daily.
Let’s face it, normalizing your serotonin levels has never been easier. Use the above-mentioned tips to gain back your good mood. What are your favorite ways to boost your mood? Share with us in the comments below!
Lilla Bessenyei is a pharmacist and writer. It has been through her own experience that she realized that health and happiness start with what you put in your body and mind - including your thoughts. She is an avid researchers and has learned a lot about health and medicine. In her studies, she found that cultivating healthy emotions were just as important (if not more so) as a healthy diet. She is a fitness junkie, enjoys the numerous benefits of a vegan diet and enjoys helping people discover true health and happiness.
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