3 Serotonin Has a Few Negative Qualities


Serotonin is generally considered a “good” neurochemical. Some have even referred to it, somewhat incorrectly, as the “Happiness Hormone.”

Let’s examine a few serotonin disadvantages. This list of potential drawbacks for serotonin isn’t intended to be comprehensive; rather, it’s meant to provide some examples.

1. Lethargy

The production of serotonin and the transportation of tryptophan to the brain happen in a largely linear manner in response to the release of insulin. More tryptophan enters the brain and is converted into serotonin when someone secretes more insulin.

Some people are sensitive to carbohydrates, and when they eat specific carbohydrates, they produce a lot of insulin. Genetics frequently plays a role in this. An increase in tryptophan transport and serotonin production may be caused by that high insulin level.

Although serotonin promotes relaxation, excessive amounts can also make us drowsy and lazy.

2. Hypertension

High blood pressure can be exacerbated by serotonin, a vasoconstrictor. It is a component of the same linear function once more. When someone secretes a lot of insulin, their serotonin levels are likely to increase as a result.

Young adults without excess weight or a high-sodium diet who are not overweight can still have high blood pressure. And it may be diagnosed as “idiopathic” if the doctor is not looking at such factors as genetic carb sensitivity and the specific carb content of the diet.

3. Blocked endurance

We are used to hearing about the advantages of serotonin, such as how it is released during physical activity. Elevated serotonin, however, is not a good thing for any athletic activity involving endurance or high-intensity effort.

We become exhausted and want to stop the workout sooner as a result. Both athletes and animals have demonstrated this effect.

How To Optimize Your Serotonin

• Every meal should include protein. Tryptophan will be available when you require and desire serotonin as a result. However, it will also block serotonin, preventing excessively high serotonin levels.

• Avoid “big insulin” triggers. Avoid eating white flour and other unhealthy carbohydrates like sugar. Don’t combine “big insulin” carbs with saturated fats (like butter on potatoes or on white bread). Even more insulin is released as a result of the combination.

• Manage the insulin/serotonin impact of your meals by eating protein, healthy fats, and vegetables as well.

• To avoid cravings for sugar, make sure to only eat nutritious starches. Lentils, quinoa, squash, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and turnips are some examples.

Bottom Line

Blood pressure, appetite, food preferences, sleep, and cravings can all be controlled by serotonin, which can also play a role in moods. Keep in mind that sometimes controlling serotonin involves keeping the levels low. Both increasing serotonin and decreasing it are things you can control.

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