This chemical is immensely important in regulating mood and the feeling of well-being. Serotonin has been directly linked to positive mood and healthy emotional balance. Maintaining adequate levels of serotonin is essential for feeling positive and not experiencing anxiety and depression.
The trouble is, people with a serotonin deficiency can’t just take a “serotonin supplement” to boost their mood and feel better. This is because serotonin in a supplement form simply cannot cross the blood-brain barrier. Therefore, simply taking serotonin directly would do nothing to raise the levels in the brain and nothing to boost mood or reduce the negative symptoms of serotonin deficiency. Serotonin has to be naturally produced by the human body in order for you to benefit from it.
One of the best ways to encourage the body to produce more serotonin is by supplementing with serotonin’s building blocks. These precursors to natural serotonin production allow the body to naturally product more of the chemical and therefore increase levels and reduce negative symptoms.
The Most Common Causes of Serotonin Deficiency
For the majority of people who experience the symptoms of serotonin deficiency, the causes can be traced back to a wide range of behavioral, environmental, physiological, and dietary causes. The most common causes of serotonin deficiency are the following:
Behavioral Causes of Serotonin Deficiency:
- Lack of sufficient sleep
- Not managing your stress levels
- Lack of exercise/physical activity
- Lack of exposure sunlight/Vitamin D deficiency
- Exposure to toxic chemicals found in plastics such as bisphenol-A (BPA)
- Consuming pesticide-laden meat and produce
- Exposure to pesticides without sufficient protective gear
- Insufficient consumption of high-protein foods
- Over consumption of processed foods with many artificial ingredients
- Consuming too much caffeine and alcohol
- Food allergies
- Multiple vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Omega-3 deficiency
- Insulin resistance
- Progesterone deficiency
- Chronic infections
- Glutathione deficiency
- Human growth hormone deficiency
- Insufficient blood flow in the brain
- Inborn abnormalities in serotonin receptors
Restoring serotonin levels in the brain and making sure it is working properly are critical and doable steps in recovering from any of the serotonin deficiency related conditions. Fortunately, the body’s store of serotonin can be restored back to healthy levels through a natural health protocol involving the use of a specific supplements and/or amino acids. Taking certain supplements can help aid the brain in creating more serotonin and restore healthy levels of serotonin allowing you to regain your feeling of well-being.