The Magical Hormone That Keeps You Happy And Healthy: Serotonin

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Serotonin is one of our most well-known hormones because of its crucial function in our bodies. A lot of things depend on it: Our happiness, vitality, and overall physical well being. We’ve gathered some information on this amazing hormone that you should know.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that carries signals between nerve cells.

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The greatest amount of serotonin is found in our digestive system. It is also active throughout our central nervous system and platelets. Serotonin, a natural mood balancing agent, also helps many bodily functions such as sleep, nutrition and digestion.

How do our bodies produce serotonin?

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The amino acid called tryptophan enters our body through nutrients such as nuts, cheese, and red meat and is converted into serotonin after entering our bodies. Lack of this amino acid reduces serotonin levels, leading to various mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

The best ways to raise the level of serotonin in our bodies are as follows:

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  • Getting enough sunlight

  • Exercise

  • A healthy diet

  • And meditation

Serotonin controls many of our bodily functions.

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  • It regulates bowel movements and functions.

  • The amount of serotonin found in the brain affects our mood. Low levels lead to depression, while high levels reduce sexual desire.

  • High amount of serotonin in the blood may trigger nausea.

  • It affects centers in the brain that control our sleep. 

  • Our bodies release serotonin to heal wounds. Serotonin coagulates the blood vessels to provide clotting.

  • It affects bone health. High levels in the body can weaken the bones in the long run.

How does it affect our mood?

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Serotonin is a natural regulator of emotions. When the serotonin in your body is at normal levels, you feel

  • Happy

  • Calm

  • Concentrated

  • And emotionally stable

And problems may occur in our bodies when there's not enough of it.

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A study conducted in 2007 showed that people suffering from depression have low serotonin levels. Serotonin deficiency also leads to anxiety and insomnia. In the treatment of depression and anxiety, SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) are used to increase the level of serotonin in the brain by limiting its absorption.

In short, serotonin has a vital effect in many of our bodily functions.

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When the serotonin level is not at balance, we face a lot of difficulties in our daily lives, and those difficulties are mostly caused by mood disorders. If you’re having one of those problems listed above, you should see a psychiatrist before it gets even more difficult to cope with. However, those symptoms may also be caused by other diseases, so in any case, we recommend you to consult a specialist. Take care!

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