serotonin

3 Ways to Boost Your Mood Naturally

Bodywise Physical Therapy & Wellness is an expert in physical therapy but we are here to help you with your total body wellness. This includes improving your mood through diet and exercise.

What is Serotonin?

Serotonin is a chemical released by the brain that improves your mood essentially brining on hippieness.  It is called the “happy chemical” for a reason.  According to https://www.mayoclinic.org/ A decrease in Serotonin is seen during the winter months due to a lack of sunlight.  This can contribute to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is also known as Seasonal Depression.  

Improve Serotonin with Light

Just as a lack of sunlight leads to a decrease in serotonin levels an increase in sunlight can increase levels and improve your mood.  Not everyone is able to go outside everyday in the winter.  According to https://www.health.harvard.edu/ you should absorb light at least 30 minutes a day from a light source that is able to provide at least 10,000 lux exposure.  A healthy start would be to open your shades more in the winter and try and go outside more often.  Purchasing a light box might be the next step if symptoms continue.

Exercise Will Help

 As experts in the field of exercise, we recommend at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day to improve serotonin levels.  It has been shown that yoga, biking, and running are particularly good at increasing serotonin and improving your mood.  If you are unable to do these safely, check in with us to find the best option for your situation.

What You Eat Is Important

 According to https://health.ucsd.edu/ certain types of foods will improve your mood.  However, they do not contain serotonin.  That chemical is released by your brain when you eat certain foods.  Look for foods that contain Vitamin B and tryptophan.  High protien foods, leafy greens, beans, and certain fruits will provide the necessary building blocks of a healthy serotonin release.  

Choose Bodywise Physical Therapy

Look to Bodywise Physical Therapy & Wellness in Stratham, NH and Epping, NH for all your physical therapy needs.  Remember, we are here also for your whole body wellness.  Let us help guide you to a healthier, happier, life!