In the world of Western medicine, many doctors have become overly dependent on synthetic medications.
Mental illnesses are usually treated with various synthetic medications that actually target the serotonin levels in the brain.
Serotonin is neurotransmitter that plays a key role in a variety of mental disorders, and many medications target the serotonin in your brain.
Essentially, they inhibit serotonin transport, ultimately boosting the extracellular concentrations of the neurotransmitter in your brain.
If you would like to try to boost your serotonin naturally before resorting to medication, there are a few things you can try.
Yet, it can be naturally boosted in the following 5 ways:
1.Eat the right fats
Though a lot of people think that fat is unequivocally bad, this is not the case at all. Fat is actually necessary for the continuing functioning of your internal systems.
You need essential fatty acids for your hormones and neurotransmitters (including serotonin) to be in balance. Make sure that you are consuming plenty of omega-3 fatty acids; these can be found in fish, DHA-enhanced eggs, flaxseed products, nuts, seeds, and avocados.
You may already know that these good fats are good for your cholesterol, but they are good for your serotonin levels as well.
Fish oil supplements are great for anyone who doesn’t have time to prepare some of the other tryptophan-rich foods.
2.Optimize your sleep
To boost serotonin levels, try to get up early every day, as light exposure has been linked to higher serotonin levels.
Moreover make sure you get the needed amount of sleep every night, to refresh and rejuvenate the body, as well as the nervous system.
If you take a nap during the day, it should not be longer than 30 to 45 minutes.
3.Eat tryptophan-rich foods
Tryptophan is directly turned into serotonin in the brain, so you should increase the intake of foods rich in this amino acid, like beans, eggs, chicken, fish, nuts, and cottage cheese.
Eat them with a small amount of complex carbohydrates, like brown rice, nuts, legumes, to help the brain to process it and improve the levels of serotonin.
4.Manage your carbohydrate intake.
The excessive consumption of carbohydrates might make you feel sluggish, but in moderate amounts, they trigger an instant release of serotonin.
5.Exercise on a regular basis
You probably already know that regular exercise comes with many benefits. These benefits extend to your mental health as well; exercise stimulates the release of not only serotonin, but dopamine and various endorphins as well.
Serotonin and dopamine actually work together to boost your mood. Even if you do not need to lose weight, it is a good idea to exercise every day or every other day, even if you only do so for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
Doing this over a long period of time will make you feel better mentally, not to mention physically.