Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which relays signals between different brain areas. It can influence psychological and physical functions like appetite, sleep, mood, sexual desire, memory and learning. Some experts believe that serotonin imbalance can affect mood, causing anxiety, depression, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Increased levels of this chemical are linked to positive mood and behavior, so you won`t need any antidepressants. There are natural ways to increase the levels of serotonin. These 5 ways will improve your mental and physical well-being by raising the levels of serotonin in the brain:
Consume food rich in B vitamins:
Vitamin B6 improves the function of serotonin. If you are prone to stress, enrich your diet with B vitamins, they will reduce the stress.
B6 and B12 vitamins can reduce symptoms of depression. You can use supplement but make sure your diet is rich in B vitamins so that you can be happy and healthy.
5-hydroxyttryptophan is a natural amino acid which is extracted from Griffonia simplicifolia seed, a plant which grows in West Africa. This acid, with the help of B6 vitamin, is converted into serotonin. It is proven to be very helpful for depression, insomnia, anxiety and hypertension. Before using any supplement, consult your doctor.
Almost all of us are in a better mood when there is sunlight, not only because it`s the best source of vitamin D, but also because it increases the levels of serotonin to ensure natural boost of mood. Also it reduces the risk of depression and seasonal affective disorder. Sunlight has positive effects on our body and mind, even during a chilly winter day.
Not only that massage feels great for the whole body, it also has an incredible effect on serotonin levels. It reduces the stress hormone cortisol, which obstructs production of serotonin. Massage therapy will also increase the production of dopamine, known as the “reward pleasure” brain chemical.
Every form of meditation can help increase the levels of serotonin in our brain. It acts like massage therapy, by reducing the levels of cortisol. If the stress levels are low, serotonin production gets higher, causing instant boot of mood.
Take a look at this video to find more information on how to naturally increase serotonin levels.