You deserve to be happy. These food and lifestyle tips from Body Ecology founder, Donna Gates, can boost your serotonin and bring more happiness into your life, naturally!
In part 1 of this 2-part series, I highlighted the importance of serotonin, “the happiness hormone,” including how your brain makes serotonin.
In this piece, I will share tips to boost serotonin naturally, through your food and lifestyle.
While anti-depressants are often the medical mainstream’s choice for increasing serotonin, they often have undesirable side effects like low libido and low energy. I am not surprised at this because any use of drugs, whether prescription or over-the-counter, make your blood acidic. Among other things, this depletes your adrenals, a chief organ for creating energy.
Over time, blood that is too acidic can set your body up for pathogens and disease.
Please keep in mind that I am not advocating ignoring your doctor or medical professional’s advice. However, recognizing some natural ways that your body can make serotonin and obtain plenty of the important co-factor, vitamin B6, may free you from needing to rely on long-term use of prescription drugs.
If you decide to go this route, it can be helpful to work with a creative medical professional or naturopathic doctor who understands the power of food to influence your body’s biochemical processes.
I strongly suggest you have one of these Body Ecology grain-like seeds with land vegetables, ocean vegetables and cultured vegetables for your dinner meal. This nice dose of serotonin in the early evening will help you sleep better at night.
When you eat Body Ecology grain-like seeds in the late afternoon or early evening for your dinner meal...when blood sugar may be low...they are especially helpful for boosting your mood and for combating the desire to over eat.
These grain-like seeds also provide important B vitamins. As just mentioned B vitamins play a critical role in brain health and in the manufacture of all your neurotransmitters including serotonin.Vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B6 (pyridoxine) as well as vitamin D, folic acid and selenium plus calcium, and magnesium are needed to make serotonin.
At Body Ecology, we recommend the principle of food combining, which reinforces your body’s ability to make serotonin AND improves your ability to digest protein.
Eating a high animal protein diet does not help create more serotonin.
In fact, it can actually make things worse. This is because tryptophan completes with other amino acids to reach your brain. Unfortunately tryptophan looses in this contest.
You’ll find that eating a meal of the Body Ecology grain-like seeds is a better solution to increase serotonin. Quinoa, for example, is an excellent plant source of protein that also has those important B Vitamins. Unlike animal protein it is also an alkaline-forming food.
If you eat a tryptophan-rich protein at lunch, then switch to a Body Ecology grain meal in the evening, it can help reduce overeating and boost your mood. According to Dr. Judith Wurtz, it can also combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is when you experience fatigue and depression in the winter months.2
To boost your mood and immunity naturally, protein and probiotic-rich InnergyBiotic is the delicious natural answer! If you want to combat sugar cravings and arm your body with natural B vitamins, try InnergyBiotic and watch your energy soar!
Microflora rich Dong Quai is an excellent fermented drink that supports your energy and mood AND decreases cravings for sugar.
Instead, satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way with Stevia or Lakanto. Both of these sweeteners are zero calories, do not raise blood sugar (insulin), don’t feed candida and actually benefit your health!
While research has been promising on natural supplements like L-Tryptophan, 5-HTP and SAMe, I’d like to cover these in another article. Your doctor or natural health practitioner may be able to guide you with respect to these supplements as well.
Doing this naturally means you may have to shift many long-standing habits. To keep your stress levels low when experiencing this kind of change, make sure to follow Body Ecology’s step-by-step principle. Even baby steps towards changes in your eating habits can offer big rewards.
Rewards like feeling better, sleeping better and feeling like your mind is more clear. This is nature’s gift to us.
It is often said we are spiritual beings having a human experience. As humans, we are NATURAL beings. Our bodies have not evolved much over the last 100 years, but our lifestyles, technology, manufactured foods, personal care products and environment have changed dramatically. Sometimes this means we have to go back to basics...back to nature...to create our best health.
You owe it to yourself to create healthy habits that will keep you feeling energized and vibrant for the long-term!
Vitamin B6. Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminB6/
Bouchez, Collette. Reviewed by Nazario, Brunilda, MD. Serotonin: 9 Questions and Answers. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/depression/features/serotonin-9-questions-and-answers
Vitamin B6. The World’s Healthiest Foods. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=108
Tryptophan. The World’s Healthiest Foods http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=103
Overactive Transporters of Serotonin are Linked to Autism. http://www.narsad.org/news/press/rg_2008/res2008-04-02.html
Get Angry When Hungry? Blame Low Serotonin. Reuters. June 2008. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24992222/
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