Low Brain Chemical Serotonin Leads To Depression

SerontoninIn addition to blood sugar, a number of chemical in your brain affect how you feel and act. Serotonin is a brain chemical that is particularly important for people who are sensitive to sugar. It creates a sense of relaxation, “mellows you out” and gives you a sense of being at peace with the world. Serotonin also influences your self-control, impulse control and ability to plan ahead.

When your serotonin levels are low, you may feel depressed, act impulsively and have intense cravings fro alcohol, sweets or carbohydrates. Researchers have worked hard to find ways to increase the level of serotonin in the brains of people who are depressed. As an end result antidepressant drugs – such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Effexor – have been handed out to in excess of over 6 million people.

If you have an inherited sensitivity to sugar, you may find the symptoms of low serotonin familiar.

Optimal Level of Serotonin:

Hopeful, optimistic
Reflective and thoughtful
Able to concentrate
Creative, focused
Able to think things through
Able to seek help
Responsive
Looking forward to dessert without an emotional charge
Hungry for a variety of foods

Low Level of Serotonin:

Depressed
Impulsive
Having a short attention span
Block, scattered
Flying off the handle
Suicidal
Reactive
Craving sweets
Craving mostly carbohydrates like bread, pasta and cereal

Low Serotonin And Depression
There is strong evidence that low levels of serotonin could be partly responsible for depression…
via: Storify

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