Increase your mood and serotonin with easy breathing exercises.
Increase your mood and serotonin with easy breathing
?Increase your mood and serotonin with easy breathing exercises.
This simple technique will give yourserotonin a boost and only takes a few minutes.
This simple technique will give your serotonin a boost and only takes a few minutes.
By following the below simple steps you will pump fluid up your spine, giving your brain a bath of
sorts. Afterwards you'll feel more centred, calm, happier and possibly a little light-headed.
The breathing exercises help carry oxygen to your cells bringing in new energy. It helps improve
memory and insomnia, excellent before a job interview, getting through fearful situations for some
people like flying or to calm your mind.
1. Place your left hand on the left side of your upper chest and your right hand on the right side of
2. Breath in through your nose with your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Breathe out through
your mouth with your tongue resting on the floor of your mouth. Take four deep breaths.
3. Keeping your left hand in the same position, move your right hand to the back of your head. Take
four more deep breaths as described above while holding this position.
4. Switch hands, placing your right hand on your right upper chest and your left hand on the left
side of your head. Again, take four more deep breaths as described above while holding this position.
5. Keeping your right hand in the same position, move your left hand to the front of your head, palm
on your forehead, fingers bending over the top of your head. Again, take four more deep breaths as
described above while holding this position.
My friend, naturopath and healer Francine Lemessager passed this breathing exercise to me; I've
enjoyed the benefits for years and happy I can share it with you.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, which is a substance that is designed to transmit messages from
one nerve cell to another. The first findings on the serotonin action showed that low levels lead to
depression, sleep disorders and various forms of addiction. Serotonin affects and control: mental and
emotional processes, in motor functions, in thermoregulation, regulation of blood pressure, in the
act of vomiting, in hormonal functions and plays an important role in producing of sleep and
Among other things, a reduced level of serotonin signals the brain that the body "is hungry",
overweight people with low levels of serotonin feel the need to eat constantly. The moment when
blood glucose levels normalizes, serotonin levels return to normal and they feel better again. An
interesting aspect is related to the relationship between nicotine and serotonin. Nicotine increases
serotonin levels, and its absence at a old smoker has the opposite effect, this being one of the
explanations that some of those who quit smoking gain weight, a few pounds.
Some foods have the ability to increase or decrease the serotonin levels, depending on their content,
this is why various prepared foods produces different subjective reactions after eating them.
Tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids has the ability to increase levels of serotonin in the
brain. Foods containing, of course, and other amino acids besides tryptophan.
Tryptophan needs a transport molecule to pass through the blood-brain barrier and some of amino
acids competes, occupying this molecule. Thus, tyrosine, phenylalanine, valine, leucine and
isoleucine can inhibit the transport of tryptophan in the brain. On the other hand, the amount of
tryptophan in foods is very small the richest food is cheese and less than 1% of this amount will
cross the blood-brain barrier.