Updated: Oct 28, 2021
Serotonin is known as the “feel good” hormone. It makes us feel positive, confident, calm, flexible & easy-going. We also need it to regulate our appetite, sleep properly and feel happy. When it’s running low we tend to feel anxious, worried, depressed or grumpy. In my case my family might even say I’m not much fun to be around... If our serotonin is super low we can become obsessive or even fly into fits of rage.
Although serotonin has a huge impact on our mood, most of our body's serotonin is actually found in the gut (where it's made). This is why serotonin is important for healthy digestion, and why gut problems often accompany emotional issues.
The good news is that there’s lots of easy ways to raise serotonin….and it’s not just about food.
Remember a happy event. Thinking happy thoughts, practicing gratitude and remembering something happy actually triggers serotonin release.
Spend some time in the sun. It prompts production of vitamin D which we need to make..... you guessed it..... serotonin.
Scoff some salmon, swallow some sweet potato or binge on a banana.
Try some tryptophan or P5P (activated B6). Your clever body will turn it into the feel good hormone.
Do some cardio. Even 15 minutes will increase serotonin levels.
See a professional. Counselling can boost serotonin levels and improve your mood.
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