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Secrets of Serotonin, Revised Edition: The Natural Hormone That Curbs Food and Alcohol Cravings, Reduces Pain, and Elevates Your Mood (Lynn Sonberg Books) Paperback – April 15, 2008
Low moods, low energy, headaches, upset stomach, sleep problems, overeating, heavy drinking... we all have our patterns for responding to the stress and strain of busy schedules and lives. One person may be creative, energetic, and productive for much of the year, yet sag through most of the winter, overeating and oversleeping, like a hibernating bear or a dormant plant. Another may have daily ebbs of energy and mood that can be relieved with a fast-food fix. Someone else may cope well with work and family pressures throughout the week, then get blinding migraines as soon as the weekend comes around.
For most, these mood and energy swings and stress-response patterns aren’t disabling or disturbing enough to send us to a doctor or counselor for help. We may see them as inevitable, as just the way we are. Or as an inescapable by-product of high-pressure jobs and family responsibilities. In fact, these chronic, stress-induced problems can be minimized or even eliminated by relatively simple changes in how you eat, exercise, and organize your day.
Have you ever noticed how often these common complaints seem to be linked? A low or anxious mood is almost always accompanied by changes in eating and sleeping patterns. Stress or changes in your eating and sleeping schedule can trigger a headache. Sometimes it isn’t stress but the calendar, the weather, or the time of day that brings a sudden shift in energy, spirits, and motivation. Vast numbers of people hit their lows in the early morning or late afternoon, on cloudy days, during much of the winter, or, for women, during premenstrual days.
Although stress, weather, and season can all bring on a low mood, a headache, or an eating binge, the ultimate cause is internal and chemical. An essential natural substance called serotonin is one of the body’s most powerful modulators of mood, appetite, sleep, and pain awareness. It is produced in the brains and nervous systems of humans and animals from specific nutrients in the foods we eat. Avoidable fluctuations in its availability to the brain can bring on depression, anxiety, binge eating, insomnia, headaches, and a host of other common everyday problems.
Many mood-enhancing drugs, from the antidepressant achieve their effects by increasing the brain’s supply of serotonin. You can take nutrition and lifestyle steps to enhance your serotonin supply without drugs to get your mood, appetite, energy, and headache problems under control. You don’t need to run ten miles a day or live on raw vegetables and skim milk. This is not a case of “the cure is worse than the disease.” You can learn how to ward off your mood and energy lows by scheduling your meals and snacks and choosing mood-enhancing foods. Relaxing, low-impact exercise (for example, walking or cycling) can also help control or avoid stress reactions, such as anxiety and binge eating.
Serotonin Neurotransmitter, Behavior, Motor Patterns, Sleep, Arousal, Sexual Behavior, Depression, OCD, Phobias, PTSD, Epilepsy, GAD
Serotonin is a biochemical messenger and regulator
It is synthesized from the essential amino acid L-Tryptophan.
Serotonin in the nervous system acts as a local transmitter at synapses, and as a paracrine or hormonal modulator of circuits upon diffusion, allowing a wide variety of "state-dependent" behavioral responses to different stimuli
Serotonin is involved with behavioral patterns such as
aggressive behavior and rhythmic motor patterns , including those responsible for feeding.
Serotonin also modulates sleep, the arousal state , sexual behavior, and others
Deficiencies of the serotonergic system causes disorders such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, and generalized anxiety disorder.
Serotonin has three different modes of action in the nervous system:
as transmitter, producing paracrine (also called volume) effects, and by circulating in the blood stream, producing hormonal effects.
The three modes can affect a single neuronal circuit.