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Here are the 7 warning signs that can reveal a serotonin deficiency

September 04, 2019 • By Shirley Marie Bradby

Serotonin is an important chemical neurotransmitter that allows messages and information to be transferred from one area of ​​the brain to another.

When the quantity of serotonin is correct and functioning properly, it is possible to regulate numerous physiological aspects such as sleep, libido, mood, hunger, learning, and memory.

A deficiency of this chemical agent can cause conditions such as anxiety, panic, anger, depression, and other physical ailments.

The cardiovascular, muscular and endocrine systems are also positively stimulated when appropriate levels of serotonin circulate.

When this substance does not act as it should or is not transmitted in the necessary quantities, the reason may be the lack or dysfunction of its receptors, its low production or insufficient tryptophan.

Here are some signs that may reveal a serotonin deficiency:

  • Insomnia. Serotonin is directly linked to the production of melatonin, therefore to the management of circadian rhythms and sleep cycles. When its levels are low, an individual may experience difficulty falling asleep, remaining asleep, and in general, has a very poor quality of rest and sleep.
  • Anxiety. Low serotonin production is almost always associated with disorders such as generalized anxiety, panic attacks, and obsessive-compulsive behavior. Consequently, subjects who genetically or pathologically reveal an insufficient level of serotonin manifest alterations in their behavior.
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  • Digestion problems. Recent studies have shown that the highest amount of serotonin is not produced by the brain but by the intestine. Although serotonin does not move in the body between the two organs, however, in both, it plays an essential role. For example, connections between irritable bowel syndrome and serotonin levels have emerged, although the dynamics of this interaction are not yet clear.
  • Fatigue and fatigue. Energy production and use are two other areas in which serotonin becomes relevant. A deficiency of the neurotransmitter can cause persistent exhaustion, therefore, restoring the proper levels of serotonin means giving new energy to the body.
  • Cognitive deficits. Serotonin is crucial in the global development of logical and rational thought, and in particular, it is fundamental from the point of view of memory retention.
  • Craving carbs and sugar. While temporarily restoring the levels of serotonin, the body tries to integrate it by consuming foods that can help increase the amount of serotonin. However, these foods are only buffering solutions that generate energy peaks that are destined to precipitate rapidly and cause more hunger and cravings.
  • Less emotional intimacy. A lack of serotonin not only decreases the libido but also reduces one's emotional connection with one's partner.

Please remember that before resorting to pharmacological support, it is possible to increase the quantity of serotonin naturally, by combining physical exercise and correct nutrition.

It is also advisable to eliminate or moderate the intake of caffeine, saturated fats, and simple sugars. It is better to eat more foods rich in proteins, carbohydrates, B vitamins, and omega3 nutrients (cereals, vegetables, legumes, and nuts).

In addition, being out in the open air, having fun, doing creative and relaxing activities, produce the perfect environment to guarantee psychophysical and biochemical well-being.

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