5 Ways to Boost Serotonin Naturally

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25 Jun 5 Ways to Boost Serotonin Naturally

Serotonin is a feel-good chemical that is produced in our brain. It is responsible for controlling our mood, and when levels get low, it can lead to depression. Here are some ways to boost serotonin naturally.

5 Ways to Boost Serotonin Naturally

By Meaghan Archer

Serotonin is a feel-good chemical that is produced in our brain. It is responsible for controlling our mood, and when levels get low, it can lead to depression. Here are some ways to boost serotonin naturally.

  • Get Movin'

    By Meaghan Archer

    Moving your body is a great way to get your serotonin levels up. Aerobic activities, such as running, cycling, and dancing will do the trick. However, moving through a yoga class will also give you a similar boost. Do whatever feels [natural for your body](https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prefrontal-nudity/201111/boosting-your-serotonin-activity) and don’t force it because it might lose the positive effect.

  • Healthy Foods

    By Meaghan Archer

    Put down the coffee and grab a smoothie instead. Caffeine is a serotonin suppressant and sugar doesn’t help its production either. Eating a combination of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy carbs (not cake!) and protein will not only give your mind and body a boost, but will make you feel great and increase your serotonin production.

  • Get Outside

    By Meaghan Archer

    We all need our vitamin D, but sometimes we get stuck inside or the sun is hiding behind clouds. [It is recommended](https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prefrontal-nudity/201111/boosting-your-serotonin-activity) to get outside when you can because our bodies produce vitamin D when our skin absorbs UV rays from sunlight.

  • Reduce Stress

    By Meaghan Archer

    Stress has the ability to hinder serotonin production, so if you’re feeling stressed out, try and find a way to manage the pressure. Meditation and yoga are excellent practices to help alleviate stress, as is journalling, exercising and spending quality time with loved ones.

  • Massage

    By Meaghan Archer

    Changing up the blood flow patterns in the body can help boost your serotonin levels. [One study showed](http://bodyecology.com/articles/boost_serotonin_happiness_heals_brain.php) that body massages increased serotonin production by 28 percent and reduced the stress hormone cortisol by 31 percent.

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