Guide to Boosting Your Happy Hormones

Guide to Boosting Your Happy Hormones


Understanding your happy hormones could help you to enhance your emotional
wellbeing. Substances like dopamine and serotonin play a significant role in
regulating your moods.
What are hormones? They’re messengers secreted by your glands and carried
through your bloodstream. Even in tiny amounts, they can cause major changes in
your body. They also need to be kept in balance because they interact closely with
each other.
You can usually keep them functioning well by using gentle, natural methods or
following your doctor’s recommendations if you develop a deficiency. Learn more
about your happy hormones and how to make them work for you.
Dopamine
Your brain’s pleasure and reward systems depend largely on dopamine. Dopamine is
one of the reasons why you feel warm and fuzzy when you receive a compliment or
any positive attention. It also helps with executive function and motor control.
Use these strategies to boost your dopamine levels:

  1. Fulfill your goals. Adding to your accomplishments is a natural way to increase
    dopamine levels. Give yourself something to strive for each day and celebrate
    your victories.
  2. Limit sugar. Your diet matters too. Excess sugar and saturated fat can inhibit
    dopamine production. Cut back on empty calories and switch to healthier fats.
    1Omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like fish and nuts actually boost dopamine.
  3. Get some sun. Vitamin D strengthens your bones and may increase dopamine.
    Spend time outdoors each day and check labels for foods fortified with vitamin
    D.
  4. Listen to music. One study found that dopamine levels increased by as much as
    9% when volunteers listened to music that they enjoyed. Create playlists for
    exercising, working, and other daily activities.
    5.Have fun. While music may be especially influential, other healthy pleasures
    work too. Make time in your schedule for hanging out with family and friends
    and working on hobbies and other things you enjoy.
    Serotonin
    More than 90% of your serotonin stays in your intestines where it helps to regulate
    your digestive system. It still has so much impact on your mood that it’s part of the
    formula for many antidepressant medications.
    These activities help increase serotonin:
  5. Exercise regularly. Physical movement is one of the simplest and most
    effective ways to stimulate serotonin. Aim for at least 150 minutes of
    moderate aerobic exercise each week. Play sports, take fitness classes, or go for
    a walk.
  6. Eat carbohydrates. You may crave certain comfort foods because calories from
    carbohydrates trigger serotonin. Choose complex carbohydrates like whole
    grains rather than refined products like cake and cookies.
  7. Take B vitamins. Both dopamine and serotonin respond to B vitamins. Smart
    sources include brown rice, legumes, and leafy green vegetables.
    Other Happy Hormones
    Besides dopamine and serotonin, there are several other hormones that can help you
    to feel happy, including estrogen, progesterone, endorphins, and oxytocin.
    Try these techniques to maintain healthy levels of these hormones and feel
    happier:
  8. Treat menopause symptoms. Menopause and perimenopause cause major
    hormonal changes, including a drop in estrogen. Talk with your doctor about
    what options are appropriate for you. You may be able to manage your
    symptoms naturally or you may want to consider hormone replacement
    therapy.
    2.Manage stress. At any stage in life, stress hormones can interfere with any of
    the happy hormones. Keep tension under control with meditation, deep
    breathing, and other relaxation practices.
    3.Be kind. Oxytocin earns its nickname as the love hormone. It’s involved in social
    bonding as well as birth. Research shows that it contributes to life satisfaction,
    so help it along by being generous and affectionate.
    Most of the habits that boost your happy hormones also support your overall
    wellbeing. Stay cheerful and healthy. Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and manage
    stress. and talk with your doctor if you notice any symptoms that interfere with your
    daily life.

If you notice symptoms that interfere with your daily life, CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment or call Tracey Mixon at 512-643-3631 to arrange to have your hormones and nutrition evaluated.