5 Ways to increase the Serotonin levels
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to another. It infuences a variety of psychological functions related to mood, sexual desire, appetite, sleep, memory, learning, body temperature and some behaviors. Its lack is often associated to depression.
There are many drugs that reproduce serotonin, but they have many side effects. Fortunately, we can naturally increase this vital brain chemical.
Here you’ll find 5 ways to increase serotonin in your brain:
- Get some 5-HTP (Hydroxytryptophan): it has been found effective in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, hypertension, fibromyalgia and weight balance
- Take some B vitamins
- Embrace the light
- Get a massage: this is effective in reducing the stress hormone cortisol and increasing dopamine levels
- Meditate: Transcendental Meditation in addition to being a powerful stimulant on serotonin levels, it also reduces the levels of cortisol and the related “fight or flight” reaction. MBSR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction) is able to sensitize serotonergic receptors. This meditative technique has also been used by military personnel, previously exposed to post traumatic stress desorder (PTSD).
Important advice: learn how to help yourself on your own, before looking for external tools….it s more effective, less dangerous and less wasteful!