According to Wikipedia, “Serotonin /ˌsɛrəˈtoʊnɨn/ or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) is a monoamine neurotransmitter. Biochemically derived from tryptophan, serotonin is primarily found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, platelets, and in the central nervous system (CNS) of animals, including humans.”
Basically, it is a hormone that your body produces which can be found in the parts of your body mentioned above and is most popularly believed to help bring about the feelings of well being and happiness, among other things such as helping wounds heal as well as improving your cardiovascular function to name a few.
It sounds like it plays a pretty important role. So, what happens when you have a lack of serotonin?
Symptoms of Serotonin Deficiency:
- SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder aka winter blues, summer blues…
- Mood Swings
- Problems sleeping, Insomnia
- Excessive Worrying
- Inability to focus
- Poor memory
- Strong sugar cravings
And most of these symptoms have no apparent cause or explanation, like feeling so tired even when you are well rested or feeling sad without knowing why.
So if you are experiencing these symptoms, again, without any valid reason, you may have a lack of serotonin. But what led to this lack in the first place? When it comes to the causes of serotonin deficiency, it basically boils down to four main causes:
It could be behavioral, like if you’re too stressed, too tired, lack sleep, or even lack exercise in your lifestyle.
It could be because of your diet. Unhealthy eating is the root of numerous problems, including serotonin deficiency. Like if you have too much processed food caffeine and alcohol without getting enough vitamins minerals and especially Omega 3. Food allergies may also play a role.
It could be because of external factors, anything from as simple as not getting enough sun light to exposure of toxins and pesticides.
Finally, it could also be physiological. Serotonin deficiency may be caused by chronic infections, not enough blood flow to the brain, resistance to insulin, a lack of glutathione progesterone or human growth hormone. For some people, they are actually born with abnormalities in their serotonin receptors.
So What To Do About It?
If you feel that you suffer from serotonin deficiency, you can always go and consult your doctor, especially if the symptoms are severe. If you are experiencing mild symptoms, you can always get some over the counter 5 HTP Supplements to help you out. But a check up is still advised.