5 Ways to Increase The Serotonin In Your Brain

Serotonin act like neurotransmitters which are chemicals that help to transmit information from one portion of the brain to another.

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The functions of the body that are influenced by serotonin include the following;

  • memory
  • temperature regulation
  • sexual desire
  • appetite
  • sleep
  • learning
  • mood

The misconception is that serotonin can only be obtained from prescription medications, however this brain chemical can be derived from more natural sources.

It is believed that a drop in the serotonin in the brain is responsible for a variety of ailments.

Here are five completely natural ways by which you can boost your brain’s serotonin level.

1. Try 5-HTP

Formerly known as 5-Hydroxytryptophan is great for combating insomnia, hypertension, fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression. It does so by boosting serotonin production.

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5-HTP is also useful for people trying to lose weight as it suppresses appetite. An Italian research in women revealed that the subjects that took 5-HTP lost about 10 pounds in less than a fortnight, in contrast a placebo group lost only two pounds in the same period.

A daily dosage of 100 to 400 mg of 5-HTP taken thrice daily for 4-6 weeks will be sufficient for great results.

2. Take Vitamin B Supplements

It is believed that the development and function of serotonin in the brain is boosted when vitamin B6 is taken as if influences the brain chemicals and it is especially useful for people with high propensity to stress, they can add vitamin B complex to their diet.

Taking vitamin B6 and B12 will help to combat depression as well as any erratic neutral brain activity.

A study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that older adults with depressive-like symptoms and depression had improvement in their condition when they supplemented their diet with vitamin B.

It is recommended that a daily dosage of between 50 to 100 milligrams is taken.

If an individual has other symptoms like chronic stress/fatigue or exhaustion, he or she can include pantothenic acid to be taken daily, a 250 mg dosage of vitamin B5 should be adequate.

3. Sunlight Helps

Your mood improves tremendously when you get some sunlight. Our brain will generate serotonin by itself and your mood will improve.

You can go for 15-20 minute walks everyday, you can do this in the morning and this is why;

  • You get to burn more calories at this time.
  • Your brain generates more serotonin at this time as well.

4. A Massage Will Work Wonders

Apart from the “feel good feeling” you get from a massage, it will help to reduce your cortisol levels which is the stress hormone that inhibits serotonin generation.

It is believed that massage done by a professional will lower the cortisol levels by as much as 31%.

The cortisol being inhibited will enable the brain to generate serotonin, massage will also boost the production of dopamine which gives us pleasure and helps to calm and relax our mind and body.

5. You Can Meditate

It is believed by scientists that meditation has both psychological and physical benefits. Meditation will boost serotonin production.

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is also believed to be the most beneficial mediation practice for boosting serotonin.

TM boosts serotonin by increasing 5-HIAA- which is one of the serotonin’s building blocks.

The cortisol levels in the brain is lowered by meditation. Serotonin levels are equally boosted by mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). 

This meditation technique is used by soldiers who have been exposed to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Source: www.healthandlovepage.com

Another sources linked in Health and Love Page’s article: www.powerofpositivity.com

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