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4 Easy Ways to Help Increase Serotonin Levels

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter or hormone that maintains mood and well-being. It helps regulate appetite, sleep, learning, memory and cognition.

Sounds like something we could all use more of, doesn’t it? You aren’t wrong. Low serotonin levels are linked to depression.

What can you do to increase your serotonin levels?

For one, you can exercise regularly. Anything you enjoy will do. From simply taking walks, to yoga, cycling or weight training. 30 minutes three times a week is a recommended minimum to see results for increased serotonin.

Second, a better diet can. Serotonin is created by the body from tryptophan which comes only from one’s diet. The body cannot produce it. Some common, high-tryptophan foods are: eggs, sa

Getting more light is a third thing you can do to help. You’ve probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is a type of seasonal depression caused primarily by lack of light. If you can’t make it out in the day time there are many sun lamps on the market. 20-30 minutes of from 2 feet away, not looking at the light directly, should help increase serotonin levels.

A fourth thing to try is getting a massage. Massages decrease cortisol, the alarm hormone (that causes the fight or flight response). Unreleased cortisol can cause anxiety by keeping you on “high alert” and increase your heart rate. Massages will lower cortisol and increase serotonin.

How often do you weigh yourself?

This is a question the Victor crew had. Or maybe the question should be, “How often SHOULD you weigh yourself?” Some say once a week, some say every day. I even know people who avoid it at all costs. They’d rather not know as long as their clothes are fitting.

First of all, fluctuations are common and to be expected. But what if you are truly trying to lose weight and get discouraged? Here’s some of what you need to know. Weight fluctuations can happen depending on a few factors such as how hydrated you are, what you may have recently eaten, your digestive system, climate, exercise routines, or even hormones. So does weighing more or less often help or harm your goals?

For some, weighing daily becomes a routine. But maybe you should stop doing that if it affects your behavior and sabotages your goals. Don’t let a number dictate your mood.

Once a week may be better because you aren’t focused every day on a number and can work more toward your actual goals. Those water weight fluctuations won’t take you down as much.

Those who weigh themselves less frequently may rely more on how their clothes are fitting before they get on a scale.

If you are weighing yourself more than once a day, then you are truly obsessed.

So our conclusion is: It is fine to weigh yourself once a week but try to make it the same day and time every week. Weight fluctuates but our moods and behavior shouldn’t based on that. Be level-headed and stick to your plan.