So if you are not topped up, why are some people less abundant with serotonin — and more prone to serotonin deficiency problems?
It may be that your diet is not providing your body with the essential nutrients to boost serotonin production. The essential amino acid tryptophan is the best source and you’ll find it more easily in meat, poultry and dairy. Choose foods like turkey, beef, dairy, eggs and chicken. If you’re a vegetarian you’ll need to choose nuts, seeds, bananas and pumpkin, but you may find it harder to get the quantities required.
Women produce up to a third less serotonin then men. Therefore women are more likely to have mood problems then men.
You may be genetically predisposed to low serotonin production by virtue of your parentage. Did you mother or father have serotonin deficiency symptoms?
Do you have gut problems? If you have problems with your digestion this can be linked to low serotonin as over 90% of all serotonin is in your gut, not your brain. Sort your serotonin levels out and digestive issues including constipation are relieved.
Do you consume too many drugs or too much booze? Both will give the feeling of giving you a boost, but eventually knacker the serotonin levels in the body.
Whatever the reason, there is a solution to a happier, calmer you.
Remember: oxygen (exercise), sunlight (out door exercise), tryptophan rich foods like turkey, chicken, almonds, eggs, dairy, beef, nuts and seeds (natural building blocks for serotonin).
Here’s a recipe for turkey meatballs to get you started.
Thai Green Turkey Meatballs / Burgers
- 500g Turkey mince
- Small onion finely chopped
- 1-2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- Thai Green paste to taste (about 1-2 tablespoon)
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- Coconut oil for cooking.
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and squidge together to mix well with your hands.
- Form into burgers or meat balls.
- Cook in batches in a frying pan with a little coconut oil.
- Turn over several times and make sure fully cooked.
Good hot or cold. Great picnic food.