Serotonin is a word we’ve probably all heard, but how much do we really know about this important body chemical? We’ve broken it down into the vital facts for rapid comprehension.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and a hormone. As a neurotransmitter, it relays impulses along and between nerves. Serotonin, along with other body chemicals, regulate our moods.
Some experts link the lack of serotonin to chronic sadness. Serotonin is also tied with social behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory and sexuality. Other links include bone metabolism, breast milk production, liver regeneration and cell division.
Enhance your mood through your GI Tract?
Most studies and discussion around Serotonin are connected to the brain. However, surprisingly, most of your body’s Serotonin is found in the gastrointestinal tract, while only a small amount is used in the brain. The intestines and brain both manufacture the chemical.
In our next newsletter article, we will explore exciting new discoveries linking digestion and mood. With this new research it is shown how friendly bacteria works and how it influences our neurology and the development of our brains just after birth.
You are in control of your Serotonin
Serotonin production can be increased in a holistic manner using positive thinking or mood therapy, natural light, exercise and nutrition. Keep it up!