Genetic factors, faulty metabolism, and digestive issues can impair absorption and breakdown of our food which reduces are ability to build serotonin.
Hormone changes cause low levels of serotonin and neurotransmitter imbalances.
Lack of sunlight contributes to low serotonin levels.
How can I raise my serotonin levels?
Scroll down for 5 tips on how to increase serotonin.
- Tweak your diet. Depending on what you eat, you could be replenishing the serotonin in your brain—or depleting it.
- Get consistent, good sleep.
- Take a vitamin D supplement.
- Go for a walk in the sunshine.
- Take steps to lower stress.
How do I know if my serotonin levels are low?
Serotonin deficiency is thought to be associated with several psychological symptoms, such as:
- depressed mood.
- impulsive behavior.
- low self-esteem.
- poor appetite.
What happens when your serotonin levels are too low?
Mood: Serotonin in the brain is thought to regulate anxiety, happiness, and mood. Low levels of the chemical have been associated with depression, and increased serotonin levels brought on by medication are thought to decrease arousal. Nausea: Serotonin is part of the reason why you become nauseated.