Serotonin is a hormone in the pineal gland, digestive tract, central nervous system and blood platelets. Serotonin plays a major role in chemical functions related to learning, mood, and sleep. Some of the most common low serotonin symptoms are:
1. Depression: Serotonin is often referred to as the natural feel good drug. Regulating serotonin levels in the body is the most effective way to naturally fight off the symptoms of depression. I say regulating because there is a common misconception about serotonin. Many people believe that simply increasing serotonin makes you feel great. While this may be true in the short term, this is not the case over time. Too much serotonin can deaden the senses and kill your sex drive among other things.
2. Irritability: If you find yourself lashing out, sometimes uncontrollably or irrationally there are studies show that you may be suffering from low serotonin symptoms.
3. Low Self Esteem/Confidence: Confidence can be directly linked to feeling good. If you are curbing depression, controlling anxiety and dismissing irrational fears, you can focus on the positive aspects of your life. When you start to see your successes and attributes more clearly your self esteem rises. More confidence follows and creates more success. The upward spiral begins with increased serotonin levels.
4. Obsessive Compulsive Tendencies: This one’s a bit too scientific for me to explain but the research is encouraging. If you are prone to understanding scientific jargon NAMI has a pretty good article.
5. Anxiety: The core symptoms of anxiety are directly related to low serotonin symptoms. The mind is dependent on chemical reactions and serotonin is an essential neurotransmitter.
How Can We Stop Low Serotonin Symptoms?
Magnesium is essential to the brain’s regulation of serotonin. All low serotonin symptoms stem from symptoms of depression. I have mentioned that serotonin is often described as the bodies natural feel good drug so naturally, low levels trigger low mood. To learn more about magnesium and it’s affects on serotonin production visit “Can Magnesium Treat Depression?” which has become one of my most popular posts.
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