There are different joys. There is a joy of serenity and light, which gives us clear happiness, but there is also a tumultuous joy, unbridled, full of pleasure and euphoria. So, these two different joys digest two different hormones. Unbridled joy and euphoria – the hormone dopamine. Calm and bright joy – the hormone serotonin.
To clarify: serotonin primarily – not a hormone, but a neurotransmitter in the brain, ie. a substance that transmits impulses between the brain and nerve cells. It turns into a hormone when it enters the blood.
Where is serotonin located? Serotonin is found in many internal organs (the stomach, muscles, cardiovascular system, etc.), but a huge part of it is located in the brain, where it affects the cells and transmits information from one part of the brain.
Serotonin regulates the work of cells that are responsible for human mood, memory, social behavior, sexual desires, work ability, concentration, etc. If there is a lack of serotonin in the brain, the symptoms are – bad mood, increased anxiety, fatigue, distraction, lack of interest in the opposite sex, depression, including the most severe forms.
Serotonin deficiency is also responsible for those cases where we cannot break the object of worship out of our heads, or, alternatively, we cannot rid ourselves of obsessive or frightening thoughts.
It is very useful for psychologists to know that not all psychological problems are solved by talking, sometimes the client has to repair internal chemistry …
In fact, if a person’s serotonin level is elevated, depression will disappear, he or she will stop attaching to unpleasant experiences, and good mood, joy of life, inflow of strength and vigor, activity, interest in the opposite sex will quickly come to the place of the problem. In this way, we can say that serotonin is an antidepressant that has eliminated depression and made a person’s life joyful and happy.
How to increase serotonin levels?
The simplest and most accessible way is to be as bright as possible under bright sunlight, or at least make better lighting in your home. If a couple of extra light bulbs would remove your depressing thoughts – then it’s worth it.
The second, cheaper way – you need to start keeping an eye on your position. Bending of the spine and careless posture causes a decrease in serotonin levels and almost automatically leads to a feeling of shame, and in someone a sense of guilt. And the right posture causes an increase in serotonin levels, increases confidence and mood.
The third way to increase your serotonin level is to use those foods that will produce serotonin in your diet. Interestingly, serotonin as such does not exist in the products. The products contain another – the amino acid tryptophan, from which the body produces serotonin.
The tryptophan content recorder is hard cheese. Somewhat less tryptophan contains cream cheese. The following are lean meat, eggs, lentils. Also, a large amount of tryptophan is found in mushrooms, beans, cheese, millet and buckwheat.
Also, if you have low levels of serotonin in your body, you need vitamins from the B complex. They are found in liver, buckwheat, oats, beans and lettuce. You also need products containing magnesium (it also stimulates serotonin production). These are: rice, plums, dried apricots, bran, seaweed. To raise your serotonin levels, eat bananas, melons, figs, pumpkins, oranges.
In addition to proper nutrition, there are other sources of serotonin.
Physical activity helps to increase serotonin. Take at least 20 minutes a day to practice them or engage in any type of sport (running, swimming, dancing, etc.), and you will soon be in a mood to feel much better. If you can’t do sports – at least walk.
Physical activity is supplemented by good sleep: sleep production is required for serotonin production. Fresh air (and once again – the sun) also helps to increase serotonin levels. Communicate more with friends and people who are nice to you, engage in a job you love or a hobby, listen to your favorite music, give yourself more enjoyable moments – this will definitely help.
Important! Causal – the consequent relationship between the amount of serotonin in the body and mood is bidirectional if the level of this substance increases, a good mood is created; if a good mood arises – serotonin is produced.