Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays many roles in the brain’s biochemistry, affecting your mood, sleep, appetite, self-confidence and gut health. Low levels of serotonin mean you’re more likely to become anxious, pessimistic and irritable, and suffer from issues including depression, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and migraines. Fortunately, there are a few ways to increase your serotonin levels for a healthier, happier you:
01 BASK IN THE SUNLIGHT
The benefits of sunlight on serotonin stretch back through the ages to a time before manufactured light. For the most part, human evolution occurred outside, with the sun as the main source of light, and it’s still recognised by our brains as such. Our internal clocks, or circadian rhythms, are biologically programmed to recognise sunlight as an indicator to wake up, and for our brains and bodies to kick into gear.
One of the most important benefits of sunlight over manufactured light is the ultraviolet (UV). Although UV light has garnered a bad reputation as a primary cause of skin cancer, it’s an important source of vitamin D, which plays several key roles in your body, one being the production of serotonin.
Take some time to get out into the sun (don’t forget the sunscreen!) and open your home and work spaces to as much natural light as possible.
02 GET MOVING
Numerous studies have shown exercise can be as effective as c