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April 17, 2007

10 Quick Tips to Boost Your Serotonin

By Mark Sisson
270 Comments

This week’s Tuesday Ten features simple tips to make your brain hum. You’ll feel so great, you’ll be looking down on Cloud 9.

Before we get to it, a word to the wise about serotonin:

There is quite the plethora of mood-elevating, serotonin-enhancing products and drugs available. If you don’t want to go the Prozac route, there are many excellent natural methods for boosting your mood. Indeed, many studies have shown that natural methods like exercise may be just as effective as traditional drug therapies. (However, in some cases, depression can become so severe, there’s simply no food or supplement that is going to “cure” you. I like to remind my readers that it’s always important to consult an expert before embarking on your own curative adventure.)

But for light cases of the blues, or stressful days, there are plenty of things you can do to elevate that feel-good hormone, serotonin:

10. Avoid the fast track to happiness.

Carbohydrates give you an instant lift because they trigger the release of serotonin. Indeed, I’ve seen several articles lately actually recommend eating a sugary treat to boost your mood and sleep better. Bad advice (see Dr. Weil’s take). Carbs are a quick fix, but they do nothing to stimulate ongoing production of serotonin, which is what you want.

9. Don’t avoid carbs entirely.

Proteins contain tryptophan, a large amino that converts to serotonin in the brain. (I’ll be discussing tryptophan supplements in the future.) Yet relying solely on protein can hamper serotonin production. Though scientists aren’t sure why this is, it makes sense that subsisting entirely on one macro-nutrient might cause problems for brain chemistry.

Tryptophan works best when consumed in conjunction with a small bit of carbohydrate, such as a scoop of brown rice, a handful of nuts, or a few tablespoons of legumes. These complex carbohydrates are essential to helping your brain properly process the tryptophan in protein. Vegetables are also great – and my preference.

8. Eat protein.

Turkey, fish, chicken, cottage cheese, nuts, cheese, and eggs all contain generous levels of tryptophan.

7. Eat fat.

Hormonal processes require essential fatty acids, so don’t shirk your “good fats”. Get plenty of DHA-enhanced eggs and dairy in your diet, and eat fish a few times a week. Good sources are wild salmon, mackerel, and tuna. You vegheads can also nosh on avocados, nuts, healthy oils (coconut, avocado, macadamia, olive) and seeds.

6. Take a fish oil supplement!

Though fish oil won’t produce serotonin, essential fatty acids play a vital role in brain health and mood regulation. I recommend Vital Omegas, of course, but there are plenty of good ones on the market. As with most things, you do get what you pay for, so buy the best you can afford.

5. Exercise to feel good.

Exercise is a natural stimulator of many important “mood” hormones, including serotonin and dopamine. Don’t think of exercise as a chore to lose weight or prevent heart disease “someday”. Realize that 15 or 20 minutes of exercise every day will naturally release these feel-good hormones that are so vital to feeling happy and calm. As junior apple Mike A. says, exercise is about feeling good, not just looking good.

4. Avoid the stimulant cycle.

Caffeine, sugar, alcohol. Caffeine, sugar, alcohol. Many of us get trapped in the stimulant cycle. These substances temporarily give you a lift, but actually deplete and blunt valuable hormones in the long run. If you like caffeine, try to limit your java intake to one or two cups a day at the most. The same for alcohol. I recommend avoiding sugar completely.

3. Sleep right.

When we’re feeling down, it’s tempting to sleep, sleep and sleep some more. But quality sleep is far more important than quantity. Force yourself to get up early, but allow for a rejuvenating nap midday if you need it (just don’t exceed one hour). The same goes for stressed-out workaholics getting by on 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night. Find a way to get an extra hour (hey, that sounds like another Tuesday 10 to me!).

2. Investigate supplements wisely.

HTP is a popular supplement, but I personally prefer rhodiola, which actually slows the process of serotonin breakdown (it also has better scientific backing).

1. Boost other hormones!

Oxytocin is another feel good hormone often called the “cuddle hormone”. Oxytocin is released when we feel love, trust and comfort. It can be even more powerful than serotonin. If you need a lift, remember the power of simply spending time with your significant other or family members and friends.

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[tags] hormones, brain chemistry, depression, anxiety, happiness, Prozac, anti-depressants, oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine, rhodiola, natural stress relief, cuddle hormone, caffeine, stimulants, alcohol, sugar, fish oil, exercise, protein, mood [/tags]

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faisal malik
faisal malik
8 years 10 months ago

one of the highest levels are found in walnuts…..instead of going for Prozac go for walnuts…..natural way to boost up and charge ur mood…..chao!!!

franny
franny
6 years 10 months ago

Have one child and five stepchildren..craving walnuts…I guess my body knows best!

Edward
Edward
5 years 3 months ago

Thanks.

Joseph
Joseph
4 years 11 months ago

There’s also a compound in Walnuts (though I don’t remember what) that actually *reverses* joint damage/deterioration! Great news for everyone, especially the overweight, runners, and those suffering from Arthritis.

Steve
Steve
3 years 6 months ago

A handful in oatmeal every morning with cinnamon after heavy weightlifting too.

Nazeer
Nazeer
4 years 5 months ago

Dear
I have found nicotin worstly effect serotonin level.In brain. Nicotin generate opposit chemicals of happy and good feel. It has to be found.By Researcher in brain chemistry whatever chemicals in brain generate nicotine for feeling bad

Viv
Viv
2 years 3 months ago

You’re absolutely wrong. Nicotine has many beneficial effects, including some therapeutic

bob
bob
1 year 3 months ago

You are right and wrong. Nicotine does have SOME beneficial effects. However they are easily out weighed with the damage that is inflicted with prolonged nicotine use.
The benefits don’t out weigh the negatives when it comes to nicotine.

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Ellen Terrell
Ellen Terrell
8 years 5 months ago

Very informative article, and website. Thank you.
Myself (58) and mom (86) have had an ongoing eye issue for years that I cannot seem to get to the bottom of. I do kinesiology and have tested galore to no avail. I got into Hannah Krogers book which led me to my large intestines for myself taking a product called “circuflow” with Aloe vera. Doesn’t seem to totally cure the problem. What direction would you suggest I go?
Thank you
Ellen
yer-it@wizwire.com

Aaron B.
Aaron B.
8 years 3 months ago

Also, there’s a supplement called 5-HTP that aids in serotonin synthesis. It is marketed for those with depression or insomnia, but I have neither of those and take it regularly, and it just generally makes me feel a little better. There are no side effects, doesn’t make you loopy, and I’ve gone for period without it, but its definitely nice to have to enhance your life.

jon
jon
6 years 1 month ago

5htp is actually nearly worthless for elevating serotonin in the brain. 5htp is converted in the liver when taken as a supplement and actually just increases levels in your blood stream(very little crosses the blood-brain barrier) which can actually cause heart complications

pamela
pamela
4 years 1 month ago

It depends on dosage, condition and mostly quality. If you have a heart valve issue, no you don’t take this. It’s not a miricle – you have to eat healthy, live healthy and exercise. If you don’t have Bi-polar disorder, I highly recomend SAM-e…You may very well have heart problems to begin with. Good Luck!

Craig cousineau
Craig cousineau
3 years 4 months ago

This just sounds like your opinion. Research shows that 5-htp crosses the bbb quite well

Anton
Anton
1 year 4 months ago

It appears that 5HT doesn’t cross the blood-brain barrier but 5HTP does.

http://www.serotonin-dojo.jp/pdf/articles_004.pdf

Worth doing further research…

Marko
Marko
5 years 10 months ago

I tried 5-HTP it realy helps in begining (first 3 days) but then i got contraindications and they were very bad. Caution people!

Lauren
Lauren
4 years 6 months ago

Iv’e taken 5 HTP and it seemed to work but you also have to change your diet and exercise. Also remember that everyone’s body is different so 5 HTP might not work for everyone just like certain foods people are allergic to. It’s all about finding what is right for you. 🙂

Paula
Paula
4 years 6 months ago

Think again there are some very serious side effects!! First it’s been known to cause death due to a contaminate that is associated with the stuff. It’s banned in some countries for a good reason. NO ONE ON ANTI-DEPRESSANTS SHOULD EVER TAKE THIS! Also people who are diabetic should not take this “supplement”
It is well known to interact in a serious or deadly way with other medications. Look it up for yourself.

Barbara Aziz
Barbara Aziz
4 years 4 months ago

Webmd says not to use it until more is known about it. That it might be unsafe.
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-794-5-HTP.aspx?activeIngredientId=794&activeIngredientName=5-HTP

Cindy P
3 years 2 months ago

? about the 5 htp, do u think it is safe to take everyday, or everynight

steve
8 years 3 months ago

Good information although it is commonsense. Sometime commonsense does work

Deborah
Deborah
8 years 1 month ago

Thank you, You’ve helped

hypatia
7 years 10 months ago

Regarding #8

via WebMD

“Protein-rich foods, such as meat or chicken, contain high levels of tryptophans. Tryptophan appears in diary foods, nuts, and fowl. Ironically, however, levels of both tryptophan and serotonin drop after eating a meal packed with protein. Why? According to nutritionist Elizabeth Somer, when you eat a high-protein meal, you “flood the blood with both tryptophan and its competing amino acids,” all fighting for entry into the brain. That means only a small amount of tryptophan gets through — and serotonin levels don’t rise.”

D
D
5 years 8 months ago

I’ve read that you need to eat carbs as well to make best use of the tryptophan. A carb snack about 2hrs after the protein, will boost the following day.

Much more about serotonin increase I’ve found in this medical journal publication:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2077351/

Friend of Critters
Friend of Critters
5 years 2 months ago
That’s a fascinating National Institute of Health article, thanks. Eating high protein foods like turkey, dairy and eggs don’t result in more seratonin, because high protein among other things, blocks the tryptophan from the brain. It reminds me of how we’re told to eat dairy for calcium, but the high protein diet leaches calcium from the bones. Greens are the best way to get calcium, We know from studying their bones, that prehistoric man got twice the calcium as modern Americans, while eating no dairy at all, they got their calcium from greens. After 36 years of a near-vegan diet,… Read more »
gary
gary
5 years 2 months ago

you should really consider changing ur eating habits.every vegan i have ever seen looked very unhealthy.and know of one person who had to be admitted into the hospital for megaloblasitc anemia.
you should try eating meat and dairy for a while i guarauntee! that you will feel,look,and be much much healthier!

Linda
Linda
4 years 10 months ago

I was wondering how you know prehistoric man ate many greens. I don’t remember much of any greens mentioned in bible other than seeds, mustard etc. I was just thinking of this awhile back, when learning our body don’t have some enzymes to break down some foods. It seems to me if we were not create with those enzymes, maybe were not made to eat them? (can’t remember right off, but was some kind of veg) just a quick thought, would like to know for sure.

Paula
Paula
4 years 6 months ago

Really? Do you mean neanderthals or our ancestors? (they aren’t the same thing)

Patty
Patty
3 years 8 months ago

I eat mostly vegetables and about 3 ozs of chicken, fish or turkey. My ph level is 7.5 or 8 most of the time. Hopefuly my bone density test comes out ok. You have good knowledge of bone growth. I’m just learning, after 20 years of fractures and lots of pain. Learning of what the osteoporosis drugs do to the body, I quit taking them. The last one, I took was Forteo. (causes bone cancer after taking it for two years) That scared me. No more of that.

Tahlia
Tahlia
3 years 5 months ago
Hey gary.I recommend you change your tone.There is absolutely nothing wrong with not eating dairy or meat.As a matter of fact animal based protein is known to cause many different kinds of cancer.And many many many years ago when man did not have the resources to hunt kill and cook animal to eat, they ate fresh fruit and vegatables(plant based proteins).which are very much good for you.Statistics and articles can show you the proof to that.Considering cancer rates have increased tremendously over the last several decades.Do some research before you open your mouth and try to school someone on health.Thanks… Read more »
Lily
Lily
3 years 4 months ago
To Linda, You obviously didn’t get very far in your Bible reading… “And God went on to say: ‘Here I have given you all vegetation bearing seed which is in the surface of the whole earth and every tree on which there is the fruit of a tree bearing seed’. To you let it serve as food.” Genesis 1:29. BTW, Genesis is the first book of the Bible, and these words were spoken to Adam, the first man. God’s permission to eat meat is not mentioned until after the flood in Noah’s day -1500 years later according to Bible chronology.… Read more »
june
june
3 years 7 months ago

thanks so much for sharing this article, it is excellent and has sound info!

Alistair R
7 years 10 months ago

Hi, alcohol isn’t a stimulant.

Sara
Sara
5 years 5 months ago

I’m sure this commenter is long gone, but alcohol does have stimulant affects as it is being metabolized by the body, although it initially depresses the central nervous system. Alcohol can keep you awake and make you rise earlier than you want/need to.

paul
paul
4 years 7 months ago

its why i wake up 3 hours after i booze up and wonder why im up so early.

Deniz K
Deniz K
3 years 7 months ago

Yes ,thats true , I wake up always super early if I drink even 2-3 drinks at nite and feel very restless .

Krzysiu
3 years 6 months ago

Sleep stuff is not about stimulation but about GABA receptors triggered by alcohol – phases of sleep changes, so our sleep is short and not healthy. Alcohol stimulates CNS on the beggining, not later.

Marilyn biederstadt
Marilyn biederstadt
3 years 4 months ago

Alcohol is a depressant. It artificially anesthetizes the brain. The brain struggles to overcome this sedation so much, that u become wide awake at 3am. Been there too much!

Yaseen
Yaseen
2 years 8 months ago

Alcohol was shown to increase brain serotonin levels so in that regard it is acting as a stimulant

E
E
5 years 2 months ago

K so I stick with all these comments and get to yours and I snort laughed good stuff man! Hi lol

Tahlia
Tahlia
3 years 5 months ago

Are you high or something.Your whole paragraph was out of order completely.IT made no sense at all.

Lulu Kolez
4 years 7 months ago

Yes it is alcohol is a stimulant… Rum for example is pure decayed sugar and they add sometimes artifical flavors to cover the taste … I dont understand why you say alcohol is a stimulant, NEXT TIME DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE YOU THINK SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT!!!
Sincerly,
Lulu

libby
libby
3 years 5 days ago

I hate to burst your power trip bubble, but alcohol is a depressant. Cigarettes are a stimulant…heroin is a depressant…cocaine is a stimulant. Anything that makes your heart race is a stimulant…anything that makes you drowsy is a depressant. Read a book or two and look up NIDA, FDA, and other organizations that talk about drugs, their classes and their reactions. You can also check out the DEA website and most other federal or local police information sites that will inform you before you make an arse of yourself.

G.K.
2 years 10 months ago

Gee willakers Libby, alcohol makes my heart race! What say you to that??!!

Viv
Viv
2 years 3 months ago

Are you arguing with having just one example–you? It may be so for various reasons. Just check wiki, as far as I know biologically it’s really a depressant

pamela
pamela
4 years 1 month ago

Actualy liquor is a stimulant, however you may be talking about wine or beer…

Anon
Anon
4 years 1 month ago

Alcohol (yes that means all forms) is a central nervous system depressant.

Dr. Henry
7 years 8 months ago

Hahaha… this is a good one, I’ll recommend this one some of my friends.

Steven
Steven
7 years 7 months ago

When did alcohol become a stimulant? Here I was thinking it was a CNS depressant.

I guess I’ll take the rest of your advice with a grain of salt too.

LadyDreamgirl
LadyDreamgirl
7 years 3 months ago

He only refers to alcohol as a stimulant in that he includes it in the ‘stimulant cycle’, which would hardly be a cycle if it didn’t contain a depressant (as in sugar, alcohol, caffine; up, down, up makes a cycle).

Matt Haydon
7 years 1 month ago

Also, since alcohol depresses a certain part of the brain and boosts inhibition, it is indeed stimulating at low doses.

Haven’t you seen rowdy drunk people ? Drunks get sedated and sleepy when they’ve had too much, but before that it’s pretty stimulating.

Tahlia
Tahlia
3 years 5 months ago

What the hell do you think people drink for?Stimulation….at social events.It gets people hype and it motivates them to do things, have fun.So yes it is most definitely a stimulant.Now when you get sloppy drunk the stimulation is too overwhelming and you can’t focus on any one thing.Just like if you take too much of anything.Pills.Like serotonin reuptake inhibitors.It stimulates serotonin to make you happier but if you take too much it will cause serotonin syndrome.Which is deadly.People who have no self-control know no limits.They are more likely to be the ones who overdose on stimulants like alcohol.

Viv
Viv
2 years 3 months ago

While I agree with Tahlia’s opinion about taking too much, alcohol is in science indeed considered to be a depressant, as far as I know. But I understand that some people may call it a stimulant because it stimulates some things.

However, I totally perceive it as a downer. 1-2 shots and I’m dizzy and tired, same as weed. And I don’t like that much, stims are more fun for me.

Sherry
Sherry
6 years 1 day ago

I agree.

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
3 years 9 months ago

Oh it stimulates some things!

RunTimeErrorBoy
7 years 7 months ago
Now I am a strong advocate for the use of marijuana because it does make people happy when there is little to be happy about. But this completely falls into your segment for number 10, and I think it should be included even if you don’t agree with its use, and perhaps added to the stimulant section as well. After quitting smoking it took several days to get my emotional state back to its regular level. I had a few emotional out breaks dealing with a very tedious homework assignment that resulted in a broken piece on my desk, hah.… Read more »
Léa ROHAN
5 years 11 months ago

i used cannabis for years to cope with inner city living. when i moved to the county i stopped needing it. so i stopped smoking. stop the tobacco as well.
now i’m looking for an alternative to ritalin for my adhd son. i wonder if anyone has any info on the use of cannabis for treating adhd?
thanks.

Léa ROHAN
5 years 11 months ago

how about homeopathic doses of cannabis? interesting thought, no?

Jindrak
Jindrak
5 years 8 months ago
While I didn’t use marijuana with the desired outcome of helping alleviate the stress and frustration of adhd, I found that it happened to be a happy accident. I found that having one tiny toke helped my brain slow down enough to be able to concentrate on one task, rather than being concerned and worried about 19 other things all at the same time, which led to feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to begin, and eventually never getting anything done. I am now 38 and rarely smoke marijuana at all, if ever. If I do, it must be something… Read more »
Angela
Angela
3 years 2 months ago
My cousin went off his meds for ADHD at that age of 12. His parents did the research when he expressed his desire to be non drug dependent and found year long team sports were one of the effective ways to go for self treatment. He signed up for hockey as it had two seasons for children and high school levels. He had not had a issues with his ADHD since and he is now in his mid twenties. Excessive exercise is not for everyone. If you have asthma, like my girl, it is not a valuable treatment for her… Read more »
2Rae
2Rae
3 years 2 months ago

My son takes Gaba. It’s not a drug and it helps him with his neurotransmitters so that he can focus and be calm. Of course his calm at 10 years old is pretty wild to an old person but it looks calm to his parents. Acts like a typical 10 y o, they all think they can fly, leap tall buildings and do anything else Superman could, of course. Might be worth a try for you to check out.

Lulu Kolez
4 years 7 months ago

I appreaxiate your “thoughts” but i personally believe people who need it medically and not people who just do marijauana for fun.BUT AI ALSO BELIEVE THAT no one should be drinking or consuming any kind of drug. these things mess u up!!!

madduck
madduck
7 years 7 months ago

marijuana is addictive! i know many people who go nuts if they cant get their regular dose!

michelle wykel
michelle wykel
7 years 1 month ago

Weed is not physically addictive.look it up. Your friends may have a mental addiction but that it.its in there minds your body does not have withdrawls from weed.

Hi there. I'm Lance
Hi there. I'm Lance
6 years 2 months ago

Hmm…. I would have to tell you, first, that any kind of drugs or drinks that can alter (raise) neurotransmittor levels, are considered addictive. If you don’t already know, the good ol’ “THC” in pot will cause your dopamine (neurotransmittor) levels and phenethylamine (neurotransmittor) levels to 4 to 5 fold, at least…. Pot, in my humble….opinion, would be considered physically(chemically)addictive.

sensical
sensical
5 years 4 months ago

No more so than chocolate.

Dasae
Dasae
3 years 8 months ago

I have done drugs people call addictive and drugs people call pot. Let’s just all agree addiction and physical dependency are two different animals ENTIRLY! There have been times I would lie to a nun for a joint, but I wouldn’t be lying to a nun with puke breath and really nasty skid marks. CHAO!

Tahlia
Tahlia
3 years 5 months ago
I agree.Its no more addicting than chocolate.Real cocoa is actually has many wonderful hormones in it including serotonin and dopamine.Ya know aztecs use to consume it daily and use it as a drug.They would get high off of Cocoa beans.A natural high.So, sugar doesn’t help with boosting serotonin or dopamine but real raw cocoa does.You can find it in the tropics.And apparently so does cannabis.I highly recommend it to anyone.A friend of mine has smoked it for years and he has severe adhd.It really helps him alot.He can multi-task, it calms him, makes him happy, lowers his stress level and… Read more »
Karls
Karls
5 years 2 months ago

Weed is addictive.

Mike
Mike
3 years 10 months ago
Anyone who thinks weed is no big deal because its not physically addictive needs to take a long hard look at some hardcore junkies, hit a meeting or two… Crack heads and dope fiends get locked up or institutionalized all the time, suffer the withdrawls and get released and go right back BECAUSE when it all boils down psychological addiction is all that matters. people didnt start using a substance because they were physically addicted and they wont stop just to reap the benefits of not waking up sick. You have to WANT IT and wanting something isn’t produced by… Read more »
Lauren
Lauren
3 years 10 months ago
Lol, weed smokers are a bit different than crack heads. And I agree that people who use it to cope with their emotions need to find a better way, it shouldn’t be the only solution. But are you going to say the same things about someone who smokes a joint when they get off of their 12 hour day at work? What about a couple beers? Weed being illegal distorts peoples view of how HARMLESS it is. Just seriously, look at tobacco and alcohol. I’m so tired of everyone getting so worked up about pot when the LEGAL drugs are… Read more »
Tahlia
Tahlia
3 years 5 months ago
You know nothing of cannabis.I myself do not smoke.Ever.i never smoke it.I have a few times in my past.I think it is completely natural to smoke or consume cannabis.i have a few family members that do but only as needed.They dont get high and lazy all day.They take a hit and pain goes away or their mood boost.It just depends on what type of marijuana you smoke.Their are so many different kinds.Marijuana is an herb.A natural herb.Just like oregano basil parsley.Lettuce.It is natural.Does not cause any health condition if consumed correctly, As goes for anything consumable. There are very many… Read more »
Tom
5 years 3 months ago
Pot is “non addictive.” Pot help me quit smoking tobacco easily. I smoke Mary Jane twice a year. If I would just have one cegarette through out the hole year, ‘I’d indeed start chain smoking. Marijuana should be sold like alcohol is sold. Scientest has proven that one glass of wing a day is healthy. Scientest also have proven that marijuna has allot of healthy value for the body. It’s proven that alcohol can cause cancer in you’re oropharynx and liver over long period of use. No research has proven that marijuana causes cancer. What I’m trying is to say… Read more »
Paula
Paula
4 years 6 months ago
Please be real. My BF smokes every day just like a tobacco smoker he lights up a couple times a day. If he is out he is just as cranky as someone who can’t get smokes. Their is addiction and then their is addiction. Anyone can become addicted to anything. I know lots of people who toke and smoke and I see no difference between them. They are both bad for human use. Hmmm.. Setting something on fire and sucking the smoke into our lungs? it is not a good thing. Exception is medical stuff for medical reasons and then… Read more »
james
james
3 years 10 months ago
Really? Really. You can get addicted to cheeseburgers, masturbation, sex, or whatever you can think of. If someone becomes addicted to something there is a deeper root problem. It could have been anything that they would have chosen as a relief to their grudge, instead your BF chose weed. So please, stop with the nonsense and really start to think. Weed has so many benefits, and it is not harmful if used correctly. Just because you don`t know enough about it does not give you right to babble and bad mouth it. Eat some mushrooms and open your mind woman.… Read more »
Tahlia
Tahlia
3 years 5 months ago

Anyone can become addicted to anything.IT all just depends on their personality and whether they have an addictive personality.The truth is cannabis has many benefits.Research it.For most people it is not about being high.As a matter of fact most people only take a hit for pain issues or depression or anxiety.It just depends on the person.People really need to be more open-minded.I dont smoke it but i support anyone who does for their own personal issues.Its not for anyone else to judge.

Viv
Viv
2 years 3 months ago

I totally agree with Tahlia. I’m sorry if someone has problems because of weed, but science says it’s not really a big problem and I personally know many people who smoke it and only very few who ever had some problems because of it. I would even go so far to call uninteresting drug, not even fun for me.

marco
marco
4 years 2 months ago

Weed is actually illegal for anything but it’s narcotic benefits. It’s the fact that it can also be used to make oil (plastics & fuel), fibre, building material and a whole heap of other uses without the need for pesticide or petro-chemicals and threatens a whole myriad industrial cartels. Check out Jack Herer’s ‘The Emporer wears no clothes’, amazing social history and inspiration for the term “Gift from the Gods”.

Angela
Angela
3 years 2 months ago
Actually it was Hearst who provided 90% of the money to ban hemp. At the time there were two forms of newspaper. Hemp and wood based paper. Hearst bought an almost monopoly share of the lumber companies in the early 1900s and then went to work using his already tried and true method of yellow journalism to pump up the prohibitionists to campaign against “that vial drug.” Only 1% of the population even knew was a drug until then. Most people used hemp products from their bathrooms to their garages every single day not even realizing it was made from… Read more »
Miha Otrob
7 years 6 months ago

Great article!

Hearing Aids
7 years 3 months ago

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful and beneficial to your readers 🙂

Joe Pothead
Joe Pothead
7 years 3 months ago
Weed for happiness ? I don’t know about that. I ate psilocibyn mushrooms when I was depressed. That cured me better than anything can. I can just summon happy feelings any time of day I want and bam. Like getting a shot with a vial of happy juice – if such existed. Marijuana can cause mood swings this is true. It is addictive but this is because it is so good. Imagine you were having sex with the most attractive partner. Wouldn’t you get all angry if some one suddenly told you you cannot see them anymore? And you wouldn’t… Read more »
Jordan Conrad
Jordan Conrad
6 years 3 months ago

I took hydroponic shrooms just over a week ago and now im starting to get depression anxiety and uncontrollable fear over nothing.
This happen to anyone else before? And if so, how long should I expect to feel this effect for a one time use?

dave
dave
5 years 7 months ago

There’s no such thing as hydroponic shrooms. Shrooms are a fungus not a plant and therefore cannot grow hydroponically.

Weed will raise your serotonin levels for an hour or 2, but unless you smoke more they gonna drop. The trick is to smoke all day every couple hours, then let your serotonin levels rise back to normal while you sleep, then you’ll always be happy 🙂

Ian
Ian
5 years 6 months ago

This happened to me one time after a “bad trip”. it lasted for a couple weeks then I felt normal again. I think it’s just a normal reaction to a heavy event.

Tahlia
Tahlia
3 years 5 months ago

You must of had some bad shrooms.I have never tried it.But i know a lot of people who have and i know a little about shrooms. take a B12 supplement and exercise, get the excess out of your fat pockets.And youll be feeling better soon.

ManieE
7 years 2 months ago

Psilocibyn Mushrooms? What does it contains that makes you feel good?

pjnoir
pjnoir
7 years 2 months ago

psilocin which mimics the effects of serotonin in the brain

“Weed” has always been far less moody than booze. It wasn’t Beer or Martinis that fueled the Peace movement of the 60’s.

john
john
5 years 3 months ago

no, and it wasn’t weed either. it was LSD

Friend of Critters
Friend of Critters
5 years 2 months ago
“It wasn’t Beer or Martinis that fueled the Peace movement of the 60?s.” and it wasn’t “LSD” Firstly it was the draft that sent so many idealistic well-educated teenagers to an immoral war where the public was lied to, but luckily there was an independent free press that kept factual information coming to those who had ears to hear. Secondly, the Vietnamese and the Chinese knew to get the Americans doing Hashish and Heroin, and make them apathetic. How did they know? That’s how the British weakened China, and created a demand for opium in exchange for tea. Starting in… Read more »
bob
bob
5 years 20 days ago
Friend of critters, are you fucking kidding me? You’re comparing opium to weed first of all. Second of all you’re trying to say that men in America are feminized by marijuana. What you are too ignorant to figure out is that American men on average are among the biggest in size in the world, height and weight. They are also on average big boned. So to say that our men are turning into women and attributing that to weed is assinine. See people reading this, this commenter, Friend of Critters, does a good job in representing all of the misled,… Read more »
ManieE
7 years 2 months ago

Thanks, that’s a new one for me! Any other foods that contains psilocin?

sean
sean
7 years 2 months ago

haha you mean psilocybin and its totally illegal. It’s what makes magic mushrooms magic. and magic they are….

ManieE
7 years 2 months ago

Gee, why does the good stuff always get banned…?

Al Bern
5 years 4 months ago

you can easily order grow kits and spores as far as I know and grow them yourself^^

valerie
valerie
5 years 4 months ago

are you high right now? Maybe you do need alittle toke now and than will calm that fast thinkin brain of yours. I have a fast thinking brain myself it’s hard for most people to keep up with us. Find a job you can use that skill why waste it keeping it suppressed with any ole thing.. right a book!

SmokeyMoses
SmokeyMoses
4 years 11 months ago

Maybe you should use that fast thinking brain of yours to learn basic English grammar and spelling. How do you “right a book?”

Are you aware of what Cannabis even looks like?

Eric
Eric
3 years 2 months ago

I think you should use that ‘fast thinkin brain’ to learn how to write proper sentences and spell correctly. It’s ‘write’ a book, not ‘right’…

Keep trying…

michelle wykel
michelle wykel
7 years 1 month ago

Weed is not physically addictive that is a fact! It may be mentally addictive to some people but its all in their minds.

Cherrybomb
Cherrybomb
4 years 6 months ago

I struggle to sleep so looooong ago someone told me i should try smoking weed at night.. It worked for a while then i started waking up still tired and feeling even worst.. now i only smoke 3 or 4 times a month but still struggling to sleep.. sleeping pills i don’t do and hot milk is a waste of time.. any ideas on falling asleep and staying asleep for the whole nite.. been like this since i can remember.. just getting sick of it now!

helen alksnys
helen alksnys
4 years 2 months ago

can’t sleep? hold your thumbs…
(ref.. jin shin jyutsu – book ‘touch of healing’ mary burmeister) – holding fingers clears all your body’s energy flows/meridians/energyfield…

Joe
Joe
7 years 1 month ago

Great article. It puts a lot of information in perspective. I have been working on getting my metabolism revved up, so much so that I have started a blog on the topic. http://getmetabolismsecrets.com

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mekhail
mekhail
7 years 9 days ago

thank you for your article it gives me a lot of information,

dan
dan
6 years 10 months ago

weed can be cool and i dont think it is physicaly addictive , but best only to smoke when in the right frame of mind. Smoking when depressed or anxious can sometimes lead to deep thought and depression. As with all drugs for best results start with a posative frame of mind!!!!.

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condon
condon
6 years 8 months ago

take some ecstacy, it makes your serotonin go crazy. An hour after you have that and some OJ and a cig you’ll be the happiest person alive. THIZZ OR DIE u beezy

C
C
6 years 3 months ago

condon…”THIZZ OF DIE u beezy”..

Yeah?…You must be a real thug coming from the summit. Seriously?

Jay
Jay
6 years 8 months ago

I don’t get it – this article advocates some grains, legumes and beans. I thought Mark was totally against these things, as they go against primal nutrition?

C2H5OH
C2H5OH
6 years 8 months ago

You know, Mark evolved too. At first he was eating some bread (little, but always…), now he doesn’t

Joseph
Joseph
6 years 1 month ago

He might have included them for the sake of completeness…

holy
6 years 8 months ago

nice article about protein…very informative thx

kalea
6 years 5 months ago

Good tips for improving mood; however, serotonin does not improve mood any more than cholesterol causes heart disease.

This is another case of mistaking a symptom for a cause. Any psychiatrist will tell you that there is no real understanding of the mechanism of how antidepressants work. Sure, when serotonin increase, mood improves, but there’s no proof whatsoever that the relationship is causal.

Similarly, more cholesterol is associated with heart disease, but there’s no evidence that I’m aware of that supports the idea that cholesterol causes heart disease…

tonyastro
tonyastro
5 years 4 months ago

So there’s a 50 50 chance that serotonin actually does improve mood. Therefore you shouldn’t say it doesn’t FOR SURE.

EarthBeauty
6 years 4 months ago

Love this post. I’ve been doing research on tryptophan and its affects on serotonin and sleep.

Eva
6 years 3 months ago

Thanks for an excellent article. I’m recovering from fibromyalgia (which apparently affects your serotonin levels) and I’ve been looking for natural ways to increase my serotonin levels after I’ve been taking Zoloft without feeling any better.

Nancy Mooney
Nancy Mooney
6 years 1 month ago

Does beef not raise serotonin? I like it for the iron – I always feel better when eating a good steak! However, I also eat a lot of those other things, plus exercise, yet sleep horribly, wake up feeling exhausted, and feel depressed (not able to enjoy the good things in my life). Thoughts?

some dude
some dude
5 years 8 months ago

Get tested for sleep apnea. I have the same thing (waking up feeling like you want to die and hating everyone and everything around you for the next few hours)
It turns out I completely stop breathing many times through the night and wake up choking (without having mentally woken up). This leads to disturbed sleep which leads to all the things you mentioned. Hope that helps.

webgal
5 years 7 months ago

It does sound like Nancy has sleep apnea. It can cause any number of things including heart trouble and stroke. You don’t have to use a CPAP only. You can choose a dental device and get a great night’s sleep. I don’t sell them or own this website but here is some information on them: http://dentalinnovationsva.com

Carolyn Jolly
6 years 1 month ago

I agree with you about fat–we have to have some in our diets to be happy.

Thanks for a great and informative article.

David Pearl
David Pearl
6 years 1 month ago

Excellent article ! My parents are dead, I have almost no family, no family where I live in LA and am single..So I am sure this lack of deeper human connection and the ripping away of those that matter most to me (my parents and to a lesser degree the cats I grew up with) has drastically affected my moods, seratonin, oxycontin and other feel good chemicals..I need to either create more loving connections from non family or move somewhere like Thailand where I won’t feel so lonely and disconnected…

MrBluePower
MrBluePower
4 years 3 months ago

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buddizo
buddizo
6 years 1 month ago

send more info on boosting serotonin and dopamine levels

Tracy
Tracy
6 years 1 month ago

Cholesterol leads to heart disease by attaching to the walls of our arteries. plaques forms along those parts making our vessels less elastic (less able to adapt to blood pressure changes). These plaques can form thrombi which can break off and lodge in a coronary artery causing a heart attack. Also hardened, inelastic arteries increase blood pressure.

Tracy
Tracy
6 years 1 month ago

As far as serotonin goes, I have read many times that Aspartame competes with serotonin (and/or the precursors)for passage over the blood brain barrier. Avoid Aspartame if you want to keep your serotonin levels balanced. Remember aspartame is in almost all sugar-free, low calorie drinks and foods. Avoid it at all costs.

Scott
Scott
6 years 21 days ago

Marijauna has never harmed anyone in this world. Its easy to hate it when your jelous of the happiness it brings people. Especially if your not happy with yourselves.

Bob
Bob
5 years 7 months ago
That’s a big statement considering that you don’t know everyone in this world who uses marijuana. My 16yo nephew threw himself off the cliff of our local quarry before Christmas as he’d been struggling with the addiction and really bad paranoia that developed a few months into his heavy use off the drug. He tried a number of times to get off it, yet was unsuccessful. While I was trying to help him, I met many others who also struggled with its addictive qualities. Yes for many users they don’t have a problem. Others develop problems later, and discontinue its… Read more »
sour_apple
sour_apple
5 years 5 months ago
I’m very sorry to hear about your Nephew. I do think they are looking at the wrong side of statistics in general when it comes to weed though. I dont think people who use weed during puberty are more likely to develop mental problems….I think people who are developing mental problems during puberty are more likely to use weed to mask this. Weed is only addictive in the way that food is addictive. The people that develop dependencies are predisposed to this. I know plenty of people attending uni, getting great grades, living great lives, and smoking weed. I smoke… Read more »
valerie
valerie
5 years 4 months ago
Your nephew had other issues behind pot,sorry iv’e done alot of drugs in my life came down to alcohol. he had to have been mighty high to jump.. and if he was that high he would have been at the refrig. or asleep He must have had something laced or a mental disorder because with pot you either like it or you don’t,it is not addictive! How many times a day,week, month, year at all you hear the news report another killing from man high on marijuana. They may have had pot in their system but can almost100% tell you… Read more »
Scott
Scott
6 years 21 days ago

so much hate revolving around earths greatest gift. God’s medicine, not man’s medicine. I’ll take ?….

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