Serotonin and Gut Health

Serotonin: Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter, a type of chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to another. Although serotonin is manufactured in the brain, some 90% of our serotonin supply is found in the digestive tract and in blood platelets. As a neurotransmitter, serotonin helps to relay messages from one area of the brain to another. Of the approximately 40 million brain cells, most are influenced either directly or indirectly by serotonin. This includes brain cells related to mood, sexual desire and function, appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature regulation, and some social behavior. An imbalance in serotonin levels may influence mood in a way that leads to depression. Common antidepressant medications known as SSRIs are designed to boost serotonin levels, help kick off the production of new brain cells, which in turn allows the depression to lift.

Serotonin Deficiency Symptoms:

Anger and Agitation


Cognitive Impairment: Forgetfulness, poor memory retention



Indifference and Apathy



Mood Swings

Negative Thoughts

Obsessive Thoughts


Seasonal Affective Disorder: Increase foods rich in Vitamin D during seasonal months (Wild caught Fish, eggs, mushrooms, fortified orange juice, organic raw dairy)

Strong Sugar Cravings: Eat protein or occasional paleo desserts (raw honey, maple, stevia)


90% of Serotonin is produced in the Gut

* Eat your way to a happier mood, increased sex drive, increased energy,more restful sleep, better temperament, and cognitive ability.
Almonds: Increase brain power and full of magnesium

Apples: Full of pectin, a fiber that prevents erratic mood swings due to low blood sugar

Avocado: Healthy fat that increases energy levels, rich in antioxidants, decreases depression

Bananas: Boosts serotonin, increases alertness due to high potassium, full of magnesium, B6, C,

Cayenne Pepper: Soothes nerves and relieves depression

Dark Chocolate & Cacao (at least 90%): Boosts happiness levels and enhances mood

Green Tea: Anxiety Reliever, improves insulin sensitivity, increases energy and mental focus

Leafy Greens (Kale, Spinach, Romaine): Energy Booster, cancer fighter, Vitamins A, C, K,

Oranges: Brain health, rich in B vitamins, immunity support with vitamin C

Walnuts & Flax Seeds & Chia Seeds: Rich in Omega 3’s, mood regulator, brain nutrients

Bath with Epsom salts and lavender oil: calms, relaxes, and prepares for better night sleep

Exercise: Boosts serotonin, increases energy, clears mind, calms nerves, and decreases anger

Laughing: Triggers release of endorphins (feel good chemicals) and decreases stress hormones

Smiling: Boosts serotonin, releases happy hormones, decreases cortisol levels (stress hormone)

Walking: Increases serotonin,relieves stress, prevents cognitive decline, releases dopamine

Water: Filtered of course! Increases energy, keeps you looking beautiful, hydration, and relieves stress