A brain is a complicated place filled with synapses, chemicals, hormones, and processes that even scientists still don’t fully understand. It’s empowering to know the ins and outs of our brain’s processes, especially as they relate to the recovery journey. Here, we’ll look at serotonin and its function in our daily lives.
What is Serotonin?
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that’s found in the central nervous system and digestive system. It carries signals between nerve cells, acting as a messenger. It plays crucial roles in our digestion, mood, and overall body-mind functioning. It’s often called the “feel good” chemical, as it contributes to our overall sense of happiness and well-being. Sounds important, right? Low serotonin levels have been shown to be a contributing factor in depression. Serotonin levels also play a role in our cravings. Often when we crave sugar or other kinds of instant mood-lifters, our levels are low. Luckily, there are things we can do in our daily lives to make sure our own serotonin levels are optimal.
Healthy Ways to Get the “Feel Good” Chemical
Eating a balanced diet filled with healthy carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber grains will help balance serotonin levels, boost mood, and eliminate cravings. When we eat foods high in nutrients like magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, and vitamin C, our brains increase our serotonin levels. The foods that we eat play a huge role in our moods! Additionally, exercising regularly will help the brain and body regulate serotonin levels. The lesson of this “feel good” chemical is that everything is connected. What we put into our bodies has a direct impact on our brains. Let’s be empowered to place self-care at the top of the daily to-do list.
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