Natural Ways To Boost Your Serotonin
Have you ever gone outside on a sunny day and instantly felt better? If yes, it’s because of our brain chemical, serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is produced in our digestive tract. We’re heavily influenced by this powerful neurotransmitter because it weighs over our whole body, affecting our mood, emotions, appetite, digestion, self-esteem, sleep habits and cravings. There’s also many natural things we can do to make sure our serotonin level is never is depleted.
How to boost your levels of serotonin naturally:
Pretend its summer.
Picture yourself outside enjoying the warm weather of summer. Plan a summer vacation with your family to help you get excited and also invest in a calendar so you can mark down the days.
This is a derivative of tryptophan, which is one step closer to serotonin and has been found to be more effective than just taking tryptophan. Taking this supplement has a positive influence on weight and can also curb your appetite. Women who took 5HTP over the course of 12 weeks lost 10 pounds.
- 50 mg-400 mg per day, divided throughout the day
Calm your brain, vitamin B.
It’s important to keep this vitamin on hand. High amounts of B6 and B12 are associated with having a lower risk of depression. This vitamin supports the production and function of serotonin, melatonin and dopamine in the brain.
- 50-100 mg before bed or a B6 once daily, add 250 mg B5 twice daily, if fatigued
St. Johns Wart.
This herb has been highly effective at easing mild-to-moderate depression. It’s been used in many as an SSRI, by preventing the breakdown of serotonin to the brain.
- 900 mg per day, give 4-6 weeks for full effectiveness
This is an excellent choice for alleviating anxiety and depression while also supporting your nervous system. Also, this naturally improves the activity of serotonin in the brain. It’s effective for calming the nervous system when mixed with powered magnesium.
- 4-12g of this powder per day.
Be exposed to light.
Heading into sunshine and taking a brisk walk outside is one of the quickest ways to boost your mood. Do this first thing in morning on an empty stomach and you’ll burn 20% more calories.
Start with walking twice in the morning and work your way up.