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Experience a Serotonin Boost!



The holidays are among us, how are you feeling? Are you feeling great, jovial, wonderful, excited or simply happy? Serotonin more than likely has something to do with these sentiments. Emotions of contentment make for a magnificent life. Therefore, they need to be experienced more often than not.


Serotonin?

Serotonin functions as a neurotransmitter. It is a neurotransmitter that enhances mood. Improves memory, regulates sleep, and treats many disorders like bulimia nervosa, depression, anxiety, panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition to sharpening ones memory, serotonin is can strengthen immunity and improvs digestion, so those who are not experiencing mood issues also benefit from actively seeking out serotonin boosters. Numerous holistic ways exist to refine ones mood for the better, here are few.



Natural Ways to Increase Serotonin


Sun

Being exposed to sunlight regularly stimulates increased serotonin production in the body. Try to get out in the sun regularly, especially during the winter months when sunlight is more difficult to come by. Go for daily walks if you can, even very brief ones, or sit out on your porch and soak in the natural light. If you live in a climate with very little sunlight during the colder seasons, invest in a sunlight-mimicking lamp to help raise your serotonin levels.


Nutrition

The amino acid tryptophan converts to serotonin in your brain, so eating foods high in tryptophan, such as poultry, nuts, seeds, spinach, eggs, turkey, or salmon, can help increase serotonin levels. It is deemed best to eat these foods in conjunction with carbohydrates to make it easier for tryptophan to reach the brain and convert to serotonin quicker.


Aroma & Massage Therapy

Massages help improve mood, ease pain and tension, increase relaxation while decreasing stress. Shiatsu with aromatherapy or hot stone massage treatments truly takes these services up a notch or two. These massage services increase blood flow in addition to stimulating the body to produce both serotonin and dopamine. Such massages also decrease cortisol levels in the body, resulting in a better mood and reduced anxiety and stress. Partaking in regular massages as a part of one's self car regime is beneficial in sustaining a good mood and less stress.


Hot Bath

Baths are awesome, they make you feel amazing and relaxed. Take some time to soak in a soothing hot bath after a long week helps to boost serotonin levels. Soaking in a bathtub does wonders by allowing the body to unwind and rejuvenate while putting worries behind if just momentarily. Make it a bubble bath with some aromatherapy; you may feel like you are on cloud nine. Nevertheless, a relaxing hot bath will do wonders to improve your overall mood; allowing for complete contentment.


Conclusion

In conclusion, there are several ways to naturally boost your serotonin levels to improve your mood, help your memory, reduce sleep concerns like insomnia, increase immunity, and more; be open to trying new things to live a happy life.




Reference:

Serotonin the effects on the immune system cells.

The Effects of Serotonin in Immune Cells (nih.gov)

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