SEROTONIN: GIVE IT A BOOST, NATURALLY

SerotoninSerotonin is a compound found in blood platelets and serum that constricts the blood vessels and acts as a neurotransmitter carrying signals along and between the nerves. Serotonin is made in the brain and the intestines. The majority of the body’s serotonin can be found in the gastrointestinal tract. It is thought to be active in constricting smooth muscles, regulating cyclic body processes, and contributing to well being and happiness.

It is thought that it can affect mood, social behavior, appetite/digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire/function. Drugs that alter serotonin levels have important clinical uses such as in the treatment of depression, nausea, Fibromyalgia, migraines, and more. An association has been made between depression and Serotonin. Scientists remain unsure whether decreased levels of Serotonin contribute to depression or depression causes a decrease in serotonin levels.

Also medical research continues to evaluate the role of serotonin in obesity and Parkinson’s disease. Studies have shown that a persistent high level of serotonin in the bones can lead to an increase in osteoporosis.

Fibromyalgia and Serotonin — Fibromyalgia disrupts important systems and is one of the most widespread pain disorders out there. Since the effects of Serotonin are systemic, it’s no surprise more experts are pointing to a relationship between Fibromyalgia and Serotonin.

Probiotics The majority of Serotonin is made in the gut. Probiotics help balance out the gut function and plays apart in nutrient absorption.
Vitamin B Complex & Tryptophan  Vitamin B3 and B6 is necessary for the body to make Tryptophan, which is necessary to make Serotonin. When Tryptophan is taken with other protein sources it may not be absorbed as well. So a supplement version should be taken separately from other proteins.
Sunlight  Spending time in the sunlight actually raises Serotonin levels. It is important to have some of that time without interference of sunblock.
Exercise  Any form of exercise will do but cardio seems to work the best in raising Serotonin levels.
Massage  Massage has been shown to raise Serotonin levels. It is unsure if it is the massage itself or the human contact that raises such levels.
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