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Seratonin Levels and Your Mental Health

A recent article referenced seratonin, one of the key emotionally balancing, joyful  chemicals in our brain and body, and its connection to anger reactions in the human brain.  Seratonin is a vital chemical that affects our feelings of well being. Without adequate levels of seratonin, we feel depressed, anxious, lethargic and generally express a malaise about life.

Needless to say, this chemical is vital and precious.  It has been found now that when the levels of this important chemical are fluctuating in the body, it produces more expressed emotions of anger when one is faced with a daunting or angering situation. It also produces more stress in our body, and this leads to higher levels of anger expression as well.

Seratonin actually helps regulate human behavior. It can modulate our agression and reduce our response to angering situations. I suppose you can call it on of the ultimate “om” chemicals in our body. It helps us to remain in a state of calm peacefulness, and allows us to be much more productive than when our levels are low.

What is interesting is that it seems our diets and the foods we eat can really affect us pretty quickly. Study volunteers were given tryptophan on some days, in a blend that would enhance the production of seratonin, and on others they were given a blend that would supress it.

Just like that, in one day, their reactions to situations would be modified based on their levels of this important hormone.  So, your diet, the supplements you take, and your natural levels of this important chemical can greatly impact the way your perceive and handle stressful and angry types of situations.

If you think about it, you can probably trace a certain day or reaction to this. You may have felt one day that you literally could not control your anger and hostility toward a person or a situation, but then on the next day you may have had a more healthy attitude about it.

I’ve had days where it seems like I can control my anxieties about life, and other days where they seem to dominate my life in a parade of insecurity and uncertainty, or where I may blame outside factors for my problems.  I wish every day could be a high seratonin day for everyone!

It may be wise to look at a good natural depression or anxiety remedy if you experience these ups and downs too much. They may help you regulate your levels of the “feed good” stuff!

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