How to Boost Serotonin
What is Serotonin?
It is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep and appetite, mediate
moods, and inhibit pain. It is believe to be the main cause for
Depression and Panic Attacks if you have low Serotonin level.
Here's something interesting: negative emotions (like sadness, stress,
anger, etc.) causes your Serotonin production to be low; when your
Serotonin level is low, you are more prone to getting Anxiety, Panic
Attacks, Depression, etc.
Antidepressants (SSRI - Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) like
Prozac helps to boost Serotonin level.
But there are natural ways to do it without medication. A herb called "St
John's Wort" is said to be more effective than Prozac. No, it is not just
for mild depression only. In fact, it does help anxiety and panic-attacks
as St John's Wort works like prozac because it boosts Serotonin levels.
Other natural ways will be exercise, diet, more exposure to light, etc.
Here's another interesting fact for you to know:
Bananas and Turkey have certain proteins that creates Serotonin.
Loads of Carbohydrates (like sugar) helps to release Serotonin.
Ironically, protein promotes alertness and carbohydrates creates a
calming effect (by the release of Serotonin).
So if you need to calm yourself or reduce the chances of having anxiety
or panic-attacks, reduce your protein intake and increase carbohydrates
in your diet. And if you need a "pick-me-up" or if you have depression,
have more protein in your diet and less carbohydrates.
But here's the problem if you have disorders or depression: even if your
Serotonin is balanced, you have that "learned behavior" in your mind. You
need to break that initial cycle (like panic-attack) to destroy that
learned behavior - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) does this - they
reshape your beliefs which will break that learned behavior.
A technique that you can use temporarily without CBT will be
Distraction... There are several other techniques to help temporarily
cope them or to break the cycle effectively!
Learn more (techniques and such) or you can also post questions in the
chat box of my site and I will answer them.