What is serotonin?
Serotonin is a compound which is always present in our blood. It plays the role of a neurotransmitter and is partly responsible for our emotional health, mood, social behavior and even digestion, and even our appetite.
We live in a world where the new normal has become some level of depression. Antidepressants are one of the top prescribed medications in the United States. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (also known as SSRIs) are often readily prescribed at the first sign of depression rather than trying to take a natural approach.
SSRI’s, though helpful to some, have the potential for numerous disastrous side effects including:
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
- Sexual dysfunction
SSRI’s are often the first line of defense against anxiety and depression. They may help temporarily, but they are not a fix. Your body will never make its own SSRI. When you stop taking them, the effect diminishes and disappears. They are just a band-aid.
Due to the amount pharmaceutical companies pay for advertising, watching television and magazine ads one might believe that medication is the only answer. This is simply not the case.
Here are some natural suggestions to try.
Probiotics – Surprisingly serotonin is produced in the gut. Taking probiotics regularly can help to balance your intestinal flora and play a part in nutrient absorption.
B-Complex – In order for the body to make Tryptophan (a necessary ingredient in serotonin), it needs B-Complex.
Tryptophan – A supplemental version of tryptophan should be taken at a meal with no proteins for proper absorption.
5-htp – This amazing supplement works in the central nervous system and the brain and by increasing the production of the chemical serotonin.
Exercise – Cardiovascular exercise works best to help boost serotonin. Feeling Blue? Hit the gym or go for a walk.
Massage – Massage has been shown to raise levels of serotonin. Getting regular massages is highly beneficial to health.
Chiropractic – Chiropractic adjustment and alignment helps your entire body work properly. This includes feel-good brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin.
Sunlight – Exposing your skin to the sun can help to raise your serotonin levels. Go outside without any sunblock for 15 to 20 minutes a day.
The natural way is always best because it treats the core of the problem – deficiency. No one has ever been depressed due to a lack of prescription drugs in their system.
For help nutritionally come visit us at The Office of Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. www.drkasters.com 239-332-2555.
Chiropractor | Nutritionist in Ft Myers, FL
Chiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Add to that, nutritional recommendations that can help your body heal itself. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?
Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor in Fort Myers can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.