A good amount of serotonin in your body can really boost your mood, elevate your appetite, rid you of fatigue, and make you a happier person in general. That is why, it is important to maintain a high level of serotonin in your system.
Serotonin is often considered the “happy hormone” as it helps elevate mood, and a good level of serotonin in your body has other great effects too, such as improving bone mass, making you healthier, and generally contributing to your well being.
Due to the hype that is built around this chemical, there are many supplements and drugs available that are billed to “boost serotonin levels”. Drugs such as Zoloft, Lexapro and Prozac are often prescribed to correct low serotonin levels. It is always wise to stay away from these drugs without the advice of a doctor. Self medication never leads anywhere good. And even with a prescription, these ‘happy pills’ are known to be addictive. They also come with a host of potentially dangerous side effects. So, as with any other drug, these should be treated with caution; and only used when prescribed for a serious case of depression.
On the other hand, by concentrating on your diet and exercise routine, you can quite easily get a serotonin boost that will keep you happy, healthy and fit naturally.
So, if you are looking forward to feeling fresh, healthy, and energetic, here are three tips to naturally boost your serotonin levels:
· Lead an active, outdoorsy lifestyle.
Here is one truth about serotonin that you might now know – serotonin production is boosted naturally in sunlight. This is why there is a drop in serotonin levels in winter, which has been suggested as a reason for ‘winter depression’.
Additionally, scientists have found that serotonin levels are naturally boosted during physical exercise.
So try to choose a lifestyle that lets you have lots of “fun in the sun”. Sports like lawn tennis, golf or football will give you ample opportunity to be out in the sun more often. Try to join a football or tennis club, perhaps, or subscribe to your local golf course.
Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
· Eat healthy: It is quite possible to maintain a good level of serotonin with a good, balanced diet, concentrated on products rich in the building blocks of serotonin. The following things should be kept in mind when you plan what to eat in order to boost your serotonin levels:
a) Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 is essential in keeping your serotonin levels optimized, as they are one of the basic building blocks of serotonin. So include in your diet foods which are rich in vitamin B6. Such foods include spinach, garlic, cauliflower, celery, marine fish, chicken, turkey and lean beef.
b) Healthy grains like amaranth, buckwheat, Quinoa and millet contain a high percentage of protein, and they small amounts of the essential carbohydrates needed to increase serotonin levels. So try to implement these grains in your diet as much as you can.
(c) Include fermented drinks: Fermented drinks are very healthy, and should be implemented in your diet. They help boost the immune system, keeping you fit and disease free. Additionally, they help in producing the B vitamins that are required to produce serotonin.
· Eliminate stress – as much as possible. Stress is one of the biggest threats to your long term health that you can face in the modern world. Many jobs these days categorically have stressful elements. Stress causes the production of adrenaline and cortisol. These are hormones that interfere with the production of serotonin. So if you want to stay happy, eliminate stress as much as possible.
If you are looking to stay happy and healthy, boosting your serotonin levels is the way to go. Implement these healthy natural tips in your lifestyle, and get happier and healthier everyday!