There aren't many situations that can't be improved by a boost in serotonin. This hormone is produced when people feel happy, and it's what many antidepressants help increase in your brain. But you don't need to be on any kind of medication to increase your serotonin levels. There are plenty of natural ways to boost your serotonin and, consequently, your happiness.
"Since our gut produces almost 90 percent of the serotonin in our bodies, we need to feed it the right things to prevent a chemical imbalance, which will affect depression and anxiety levels," Joyce Faraj, PhD, RDN, CDN, nutritionist at Mountainside Treatment Center, tells Bustle. "There is a direct connection between eating nutritious foods and providing your gut with the essential building blocks for neurotransmitters. If you’re not eating often enough, or enough of the right foods, you’ll likely experience drops in blood sugar, which can lead to increased symptoms of anxiety, aggressiveness, and fatigue."
If you're suffering from anxiety or depression, it would probably benefit you to talk to a therapist, and in some cases, medication might be helpful. But whether you explore these options or not, there are also a lot of natural ways to increase your serotonin and improve your mental health. Here are eight of them, according to experts.