How to get Happy Every Day
Boost your serotonin levels and get happy every day
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that sends signals to the brain that help to regulate mood and make you feel happy, content and more upbeat. Subsequently, when serotonin levels are low, you feel more down. You may experience some forms of mental illness and suffer from sleep disorders. You may even see unwanted weight gain! Because besides making you feel happy, Serotonin activates the signals that decrease appetite and positively affects the signals that cause food cravings. Have you ever wondered why you feel good after eating chocolate? That is because it boosts your serotonin levels.
Your body produces Serotonin naturally but requires a chemical conversion of an amino acid called L-Tryptophan which then converts into 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) and then converts again into Serotonin.
Your body does not make L-Tryptophan, so you have to get it from the foods you consume, and there are no foods that contain 5HTP, so you really need Tryptophan for the conversion to take place.
There are no such things as serotonin supplements, although many prescribed medications for anxiety and depression are intended to target this process. You can take Tryptophan supplements, but your body still has to convert the supplement into 5HTP before it can make Serotonin.
Get Happy every day with 5HTP supplements.
You can support the process by consuming a diet rich in Tryptophan which helps produce 5HTP, which then works together to make Serotonin. Or you can take 5HTP supplements that are better equipped to cross the blood-brain barrier and get to work on creating Happiness. 5HTP supplements are derived from the seed of the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia. Did you know that 5HTP, a natural health product in Europe, is sold as a prescription drug for depression and anxiety? The recommended dosage for therapeutic results is 100 mg twice a day. High doses of 5HTP are not recommended and do not produce better benefits. Stick with the suggested dosage and stay committed to daily use. You should see the benefits within 6- 12 weeks.
Eat foods that contain L-Tryptophan – which converts into 5HTP- which converts into Serotonin = Happiness.
Foods high in Tryptophan
- Beans (such as chickpeas, kidney, pinto, and black beans)
- Leafy greens (such as spinach and kale)
- Nuts and seeds (such as walnuts and flaxseed)
- Oily, fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel)
- Probiotic/fermented foods (such as kefir, yogurt, and tofu)
- Soy foods