Show 259 What is Serotonin?

I was reading an article that said I should eat pineapple to increase my serotonin level. I also seen other articles about kiwis, avocados and other foods.

In those articles you might find something about serotonin ability to calm you down. 

Or to help with anxiety. Or depression.

This one got me a little twitchy. Because the article mentioned the pineapple should be inside of a sugar cake of delight.

This is like a person pointing to the ice cubes inside an alcoholic drink. And trying to convince themselves they are hydrating with water.  

This is the short version:

Which brings up the hackles in me about so-called superfoods.

The special formulas. And buzzwords on parade.

I think what ticked me off was the implication that the implication of a fruit inside of a sugar based cake becomes a healthy alternative.

In this episode, a look at what is serotonin and what it does to the mind and body. 

This is the longer version:

Resources Mentioned: 

San Diego Union Tribune article about men ignoring their mental health issues.

The Dana Foundation is a non-profit that provides information about the brain and brain health for kids and adults. Has a good explanation of Neurotransmitters

The Hormone Health Network is a website connected to The Endocrine Society, the world’s largest organization of endocrinologists, representing more than 18,000 physicians and scientists. 

Endocrinologists look at the things that effect hormones and glands. Not only do they have a page about Serotonin, but they also have a page about the relationship between hormones and stress.

They also have a little something about  dark chocolate. 1 oz. a day will help mood, A1C levels, stress reduction and heart health. 

The National Health Service in the UK has a post on how to get Vitamin D for those living in the United Kingdom. It is different than what folks in the US need to consider.

From Harvard Health: Serotonin The Natural Mood Booster. The have a series on the feel good hormones.

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