Serotonin is one of the many chemicals in the brain that impacts how we feel. Serotonin regulates many things including appetite, sleep, mood, and happiness. Some things like a poor diet, disease, and alcohol and drug use can lower the production of serotonin in the brain. Other things such as certain medications, a healthy diet, light, and exercise can increase the production of serotonin in the brain. According to Medical News Today, the below foods have been linked to an increase in serotonin production in the brain:
Eating these foods mixed with carbohydrates and staying hydrated have also been linked to an increased production of serotonin. Besides a healthy diet, getting sufficient vitamin D from the sun and daily exercise have been associated with the increased production of serotonin. Artificial sweeteners, red meat, and trans-fats have been correlated with reduced serotonin production so it is beneficial to your mood to avoid these!
Why is this topic so important? Serotonin is one of the main chemicals discussed in the treatment of depression. It is reassuring to know that there are choices that you can make that can make you feel happier and that you do have some control over your mood. Pay attention to your diet, try to get outside in the sun ( with sunscreen on of course!) and get moving! All of these strategies will help to boost serotonin levels and support your mood!
Take good care!
Karah Molesevich and Suzanne Presely