Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that aids in balancing moods and patterns of thought. It is widely believed to provide a beneficial boost to our mood, sex life, appetite, sleep, memory, learning and temperature regulation. Here are some natural and safe ‘hacks to boost your daily levels of serotonin.
Keep in mind that stress and cortisol, a chemical related to stress, inhibit the production of serotonin and other beneficial chemicals. Regulating and reducing stress in your day to day activities will help maximize any effects.
Take the time to take care of yourself and your body. You can do this with massages, sauna trips, yoga, vacation time and other fun stress reducing activities you enjoy. Setting time aside to productively de-stress, rest and pay attention to your needs, is crucial to removing cortisol and boosting serotonin.
Get More B Complexes And Vitamins
B vitamins are particularly helpful with lessening depressive symptoms and lessening erratic neural behavior in the brain. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that depression symptoms were significantly relieved by taking B vitamins.
Vitamins B6 and B12 are particularly effective in improving mood and stability. Regular intake should be around 50 to 100 mg a day. To boost the effects in dealing with stress, consider taking a pantothenic
Get Lots Of Sunlight
Sunlight triggers the release or development of many beneficial chemicals in our body. Start your day with 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight to see a marked improvement in your productivity and happiness. Sunlight triggers the release and activation of serotonin naturally. Wearing sunscreen doesn’t dampen the effects of sunlight on our chemistry.
Up Your 5-HTP Intake
This substance has many amazing effects and is a smart addition to your daily regimen. It effectively treats anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, insomnia and hypertension. A dosage of 100 to 400 milligrams should be taken in intervals throughout the day, with meals. It will take 4 to 6 weeks before the supplements have any tangible effect.
Meditation is a must for any health oriented regimen for mental and physical health. Increasing gray matter, releasing helpful chemicals, and building new neural connections are just a few of the ways meditation helps our mood and awareness.
The effects of meditation can be felt immediately and only build with time. You don’t have to sit for hours to get its benefits either. You do have to stay consistent in practicing daily though. Set time aside either in the beginning or end of your day and meditate for a set period of time, 10 to 15 minutes should suffice.
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