Serotonin is actually a stress hormone. If your serotonin levels are elevated, your body is stressed. Imagine serotonin as Morphine. If you're given Morphine, it's due to severe physical trauma, but it makes you feel great. If your "Morphine levels are elevated," you're actually feeling really good but we know to have Morphine in our system it's because of a really bad thing. Scientists have it backwards - they think elevated serotonin is good because it makes us feel good, but it actually means we're suffering trauma just like if doctors put us on Morphine it means we have a major injury.
Originally Posted by healthy11
If potatoes are making you feel better, it's probably because a lack of carbohydrate is causing an increase in stress hormones. You would probably have better luck with fruit than starch. Starch instantizes is the bloodstream. It's very effective after a workout and centered around a very active lifestyle, but fruit sugar is better for the average person since it's slow-releasing and more constant. Sugar is too demonized in our society while complex carbohydrate is praised. It happens even in Primal/Paleo circles. Starches are becoming acceptable but sugar is still demonized. Sugar is our preferred fuel source - sugar #1, starch #2, fat #3.
A potato may help improve your sleep by consuming it two hours before bed though since you'll be falling asleep on the backside of the insulin spike. Fruit may give you energy before bed. Why not just consume more fruit at all times?
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 04-04-2013 at 10:00 AM.
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