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As much as 80-90% of the production of the "happiness hormone" serotonin occurs in our digestive tract. Thus, the "brain" of the intestine produces more seratonin than the brain. I think this is a strong enough argument to confirm that our mood and psychological state are very closely related to the functioning of our intestines. We have all faced nausea, abdominal rumbling in unpleasant situations, and with that pleasant fluttering of butterflies when we fall in love. Lack of serotonin often leads to the development of irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, disruption of the sleep cycle, tormented by anxiety or depression.

Many neurologists or psychiatrists now already understand that for this reason, antidepressants are not as effective as changing eating habits in the treatment of depression. Antidepressants are designed to artificially interfere with the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain. However, the same substances found in the brain are also produced in the intestines, and their availability to the brain often depends on the activity of intestinal bacteria, so it is necessary to understand that the beginning of everything related to our moods is initially in the intestine.
Numerous studies have been conducted that have identified signs in anxiety disorders and depression: increased levels of intestinal inflammation, higher levels of systemic inflammation, lower levels of brain growth hormone – brain neurotrophin factor, higher cortisol levels, and a strong, rapid response to stress. That is, when stress is engulfed or mood drops, you need to think not only about the external conditions of those phenomena, but also to take into account the internal processes of the body.

Below we present several ways to help you raise seratonin levels naturally:

GOOD BACTERIA. As mentioned earlier, most of the serotonin is produced in the intestines. Good bacteria help to balance intestinal function and play a large role in the process of assimilation of nutrients.

B VITAMIN COMPLEX. Vitamins B6 and B3 are neededI are necessary for our body to produce triptophan, without which the production of serotonin is impossible.

SUNLIGHT. Being in sunlight stimulates the production of serotonin, so it is important to spend some time in the sun without SPF protection from UV rays.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. Cardio is one of the most effective ways to increase serotonin levels, but any active activity will be great.

MASSAGE. It is not clear whether this is due to the touch of another person or the massage itself, but it is proved that massage effectively raises the level of serotonin in our body.

MEDITATION. Meditation helps to relax, reduce stress and take a more positive approach to life, which strongly raises serotonin levels.

Sources:
David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg. (2020). "The secret of brain vitality. The whole truth about the importance of microorganisms for our well-being and bright mind." Vilnius: Alma Littera.

Gulia Enders. (2018). "Intestinal charms. It's all about a poorly valued organ." Kaunas: Other books.

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