Serotonin, Happiness and Satisfaction
If our body is not utilising the nutrients that we are giving it, how do we expect it to respond sufficiently?
Our body’s main purpose is to keep us alive. If you want to make physique changes such as building muscle or burning fat, you are going to have to make sure that the “staying alive” box is already checked. In order to do that, your gut needs to have an adequate amount of healthy bacteria to keep things running smoothly by properly absorbing the nutrients you put in.
On top of that, 80-90% of serotonin (which affects your mood, anxiety, and stress levels) production occurs INSIDE the gut. Having an optimal amount of serotonin is what will help lower your cortisol levels, help you sleep better, and just keep things operating as efficiently as possible.
The bottom line is, everything starts with gut health. Supplements can help us to boost our serotonin levels, however this can be done naturally through eating foods that have tryptophan. Food’s that are high in protein, iron and vitamin B-6 all contain tryptophan.
Here are some foods that can help us too boost our serotonin levels.
- Salmon. As far as I am concerned, you can’t actually go wrong with eating salmon. You can fry it, bake it etc. Salmon doesn’t just contain tryptophan, it also helps us with lowering our blood pressure and is a good source of omega 3.
- Nuts and seeds. These again are good sources of tryptophan. All nuts and seeds contain this amino acid. On top of this, they also help us to get fibre, and they are sources of antioxidants.
- Eggs. I eat eggs almost every day. The protein in eggs can really help us to increase the intake of tryptophan in our blood. The yolk in the eggs are also good sources of omega 3 and it also contains biotin which is a vitamin that helps convert food into energy.
It is important when purchasing these foods that you ensure you get the best quality of foods, think organic.
There are many more foods that contain tryptophan. These foods alone though won’t boost our serotonin levels, we need to balance this out with carbohydrates. The carbohydrates we eat produce more insulin which helps our body to absorb amino acids leaving tryptophan in our blood stream in turn giving us a boost in serotonin.
Just be mindful that anything in excess isn’t good for our gut health, so eat these foods in moderation.