When we ask ourselves what makes us happy, we often think of the circumstances, possessions, or people in our lives. In reality, Happiness is largely a chemical experience. Every human being experiences stress at some or the other point of time in life. Therefore, our brain has a wellspring of self-produced neurochemicals that turn the pursuits and struggles of life into pleasure and make us feel happy when we achieve them.
What is Happy Brain Molecule?
The Happiness chemical known as SEROTONINE which is regarded by some researchers as a chemical that is responsible for maintaining our mood balance, and that a deficit of serotonin leads to depression.
Serotonin is one of the most important feel-good neurotransmitters. It’s been called the “Happy molecule” for the role it plays in putting us in a positive mood.
Where does serotonin come?
Serotonin is produced in the brain and the intestines. The majority of the body’s serotonin, between 80-90%, can be found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It can also be found in the blood platelets and the central nervous system (CNS).
Functions of serotonin:
- Reduces Depression
- Heal wounds
- Helps to regulate mood naturally
- Helps to control bowel movement and its function
- Stimulates the part of brain that controls sleep and waking
- Stimulates the part of brain which helps to control nausea
How to boost serotonin naturally?
- Exposure to sunlight
- Regular exercise
- Healthy Diet
Common herbs are:
The most common way for doctors to treat depression is to put patients on anti-depressants. Most anti-depressants are “Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors” (SSRIs).
Common herbs which inhibit serotonin uptake are:-
- Bacopa monnieri :– It contains component known as bacosides. It plays a direct role in the regulation of serotonin and dopamine. Both of these neurochemicals are known to regulate our mood as well. Serotonin is associated with feelings of peace, and dopamine is associated with mental energy and motivation. Serotonin and dopamine are the main chemicals associated with Barcopa monnieri’s effects, but GABA is also influenced.
- Licorice root:--It is very helpful when taken with milk because cinnamon converts into a chemical known as benzoate in the liver, which is linked to an increase of BDNF production, reducing brain glial cell activation, boosting neurotransmitter (serotonin) brain activation, supporting dopamine receptors and the natural regeneration of dopamine-carrying nerve cells.
- Ashwagandha:– It enhances GABA receptors and serotonin in the brain. It appears to work on neuron receptors, enabling GABA to connect easier. This inhibits the signals present under a stress response in the brain.
- Gotu Kola:– It binds together with the receptors for gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that reduces neuron activity and produces a relaxed feeling. It has also been shown to increase GABA levels in a dose-dependent way. Moreover, gotu kola has been demonstrated to increase levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
- Mucuna:– Mucuna pruriens is a powerful natural source of dopamine, and serotonin.