11 Ways To Increase The SEROTONIN In Your Brain

What is SEROTONIN!!

Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. This hormone impacts your entire body. It enables brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other. Serotonin also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion.

  1. EXERCISE REGULARLY: To increase serotonin levels, you should exercise regularly, when you exercise your body releases happy hormones.
  2. SLEEP: Sleep deprivation is one of the major reasons behind hormonal imbalance. Low serotonin levels may be associated with depression, so it’s important to boost serotonin. Hence if you sleep well it’s improves your mood and you feel happier.
  3. GET MORE VITAMIN C: Some studies indicate vitamin C has natural antidepressant properties.
  4. MEDITATE: Serotonin levels increase in response to any form of meditation that raises 5-HIAA, an acid that the brain needs when making serotonin.
  5. GET MORE TRYPTOPHAN: Tryptophan is an amino acid that is made from plant or animal sources. It is known as an “essential” amino acid because the body does not produce it. Some of the best foods to eat include lean meats, eggs, and dairy foods.
  6. REDUCE SUGAR INTAKE: Even heard of ” Sugar Rush”! The after effects of sugar rush are bad. Lethargy, sluggishness and maybe even irritability may follow, and this drop in blood sugar may even cause a headache. In response, your stress hormones try to stabilise your blood sugar levels and extract what they can from your liver. Increased sugar consumption usually backfires, as it typically leads to a mood crash.
  7. FIND WAYS TO BE MORE POSITIVE: Figure out what makes you feel good about yourself and the world around you, and do more of that! Try listening to motivational speakers or Reading others autobiography. It helps to look at the positive aspects of your life.
  8. GET MORE VITAMIN C: Some studies indicate vitamin C has natural antidepressant properties.
  9. PRACTICE SELF-CARE TO REDUCE STRESS: Start looking at ways to prioritise self-care in your week and more serotonin will follow.
  10. SOAK UP THE SUNSHINE: Whenever you’re outside in the sunlight, you kickstart your brain’s serotonin production.
  11. BOOK A MASSAGE: Serotonin levels often peak after a good massage session, most likely because of a 30% reduction in cortisol.

What do I do to boost SEROTONIN!!!

Though I do yoga,meditation and Gym regularly. However, whenever I feel low, I watch inspirational sports movies or Read about others struggle for survival. It makes feel grateful for the blessings I have in my life. I always believed that, one cannot always feel upbeat and it’s okay to have emotions ( of every kind). However, it’s not okay to dwell on how you feel rather choose to turn things around.

-Apurva

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