Are you one of those people who are always thinking, thinking, thinking? I am. I have a very busy brain—always coming up with new ways to share more about the importance of being a Warrior* for your brain health. Sometimes, it feels like my brain gets stuck in overdrive. You’ve probably experienced that too.
Sometimes this can be a signal that serotonin
levels are low. Serotonin is the “don’t worry, be happy” soothing
neurotransmitter. When it’s in short supply, it can make you want to reach for
a glass of wine, a bag of pretzels, or a slice of cake to help you mellow out.
This is because foods and drinks high in simple carbohydrates temporarily increase
The high-glycemic carbs boost insulin levels and allow
more tryptophan (the natural amino acid building block for serotonin) to enter
the brain, where it can be converted to serotonin. Usually, within 30 minutes
or less you can start feeling the relaxing effects of the rise in serotonin. For
people with a busy mind, it’s no surprise simple carbs can be so addictive. Yes
they calm your brain, but they can also lead to high blood sugar levels,
elevated insulin, weight gain, and other problems.
are better ways to do it.
for complex carbohydrates.
like sweet potatoes, apples, blueberries, carrots, and garbanzo beans are a
healthier way to boost serotonin production.
for foods high in L-tryptophan.
serotonin levels can also be raised by eating foods rich in L-tryptophan, such
as chicken, eggs, cheese, turkey, beef, salmon and tuna, tempeh, beans,
lentils, spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables, pumpkin and chia seeds,
up your meals with saffron.
has found that saffron supplements can elevate serotonin levels, but you can
also cook with saffron. With its vibrant color and flavorful taste, it is the
world’s most expensive spice. But a little goes a long way—usually a pinch or
two is all you need to get a big flavor boost.
can find several serotonin-boosting recipes on my website or in The
Brain Warrior’s Way Cookbook. You can also try Serotonin
which contains ingredients like 5-HTP that support healthy serotonin balance in
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