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How to increase serotonin

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Serotonin is the "feel-good" chemical with a variety of functions in the human body.  . Serotonin plays a role in our mood, sleep, emotions, appetite, and digestion. People with low levels of serotonin (also known as a serotonin deficiency), find themselves feeling tired, irritable, and unable to function properly. SPEND TIME IN NATURE. Stepping outside into nature can lower stress and enhance our mood. Enjoying the natural beauty of the world can help with overall serotonin production. GET SEROTONIN FROM THE SUN. Bask in the sun rays as vitamin D from the sun allows our body to convert tryptophan into serotonin. The brighter the sun, the higher the serotonin production.  If you live in a place that is lacking the sun, try viramin D supplements GET A MASSAGE. Enjoy a massage because a massage is not only good for relieving stress, but it can raise serotonin levels by as much as 30%. eXERCISE TO BOOST SEROTONIN LEVELS. Get up and move and enjoy light exercises such as yoga, walking, running, and aerobics. These are great ways to increase your serotonin levels. The effects of exercising last hours longer after your workout session. MEDITATE. Meditation has been studied to relieve stress and enhance mood, thus increasing your serotonin levels. Meditation is a simple way to boost serotonin levels, and only needs 10 minutes per day to be effective. Incorporating foods into your meals that contain high amounts of tryptophan can increase serotonin levels. Some foods you can eat with high levels of tryptophan include:
  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Soy products like tofu and soy sauce
  • Poultry like chicken and turkey
  • Spinach
  • Seeds and nuts like pumpkin seeds and walnuts
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