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Serotonin-boosting nutrition and lifestyle. Optimizing brain for happiness ๐Ÿ˜Š

So many things disrupt serotonin balance in the brain in our modern world. No wonder there's mental health epidemic! I tend to run low on serotonin as well (high on dopamine) - and that unless I take care of it, keeps me running after things, never satisfied or happy. Blue moods, depression, anxiety, ADHD and more can be a result of serotonin imbalance. Here are a few simple things to do and not to do to have higher levels of serotonin. High serotonin = High confidence and trust.


    1. ๐Ÿ—Eat your protein, not vegan, except for firm tofu.

    Tryptophan is what serotonin is made of. If you don't eat enough consistently - you are out of luck. Your brain has no building blocks to build your "happy molecule". Best sources: lean chicken and turkey, lean beef and pork, firm tofu and salmon. Next best: edamame, milk, pumpkin seeds, oatmeal and eggs. Eat some at each meal if low on happy moods! Skipping meals makes your serotonin unhappy.

    2. ๐Ÿง˜Exercise helps, especially yoga.

    Exercise and muscle activation help to transport tryptophan into the brain (that's actually quite an inefficient process it seems). Serotonin of exercisers gets a more consistent "shipping to the brain" schedule. Especially true for yoga!

    3. ๐ŸŒžSun exposure (and vitamin D) are absolutely essential!

    Without sun exposure, serotonin-making machinery is NOT activated properly. Sunny times = Happy moods. Vitamin D is needed to make serotonin. (Here's my full triple-serotonin-boost morning routine! No cost - Just sunshine!)

    4. ๐ŸŸ๐ŸตSerotonin-boosting foods and drink. I eat them daily!

    Fatty fish (that's why salmon is a superstar! tryptophan and omega 3s!), yogurt and other fermented foods, green tea (I take it as a supplement - not a tea drinker).

    5. ๐Ÿ’ŠSupplement with Tryptophan and these.

    Tryptophan - a major building block of serotonin. 500mg in the afternoon and evening. Magnesium, Zinc, Iron, Calcium (dairy yogurt rules!), vitamin C, B6, B9 - all manufacturing supporters, that's why - take your multi daily!

    6. โ˜•Manage caffeine.

    Caffeine drives dopamine up - serotonin down. Some is OK. Most Starbucks drinks - serotonin killers. (Here's how I get my managed caffeine fix, people love it!)

    7. ๐Ÿ Stop being indoor creature.

    Serotonin depends on light exposure. Also, melatonin is made of serotonin. No sun - no serotonin - no sleep = serotonin disaster. Blue moods - guaranteed! Serotonin Sun recipe: 20-minute walk without sunglasses in the first two hours of waking, 20-minute walk in the afternoon.

    8. ๐Ÿ’คNo sleep - No happiness.

    All major happy brain molecules depend on great-quality sleep. Late nights steal your happiness and brain power. Think what's most important to you when next time you decide to stay up for Netflix.

    9. ๐ŸŸJunk food, sugar, alcohol and alike.

    Except for a short-lived spike in satisfaction aka dopamine - you get nothing good out of them. They all plummet your base level of serotonin.

    10. Unmanaged stress? Breathe.

    It's not the stress we have - it's the one we can't manage. One of the most effective stress management techniques - 4-7-8 breathing, or similar. Learn to manage stress - don't be managed by it!

    Found this interesting?

    Read this cool article I wrote about serotonin in your life: "Why women lose sex drive first, the brain, and why your confidence is nowhere to be found." - let me know what you think!

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