Dopamine Dopamine is the hormone that is one of the largest contributing factors behind our motivation and focus to complete any task. Not to mention, Dopamine also regulates our bodies ability to move and speak. Dopamine is produced in two separate areas of the brain. The part of the brain that Dopamine is most commonly known for interacting with regulates our mood.
HOW TO TRIGGER YOUR HAPPINESS HORMONES
Serotonin is primarily found within our digestive tract, although it also occurs in blood platelets and throughout the Central Nervous System. It is produced from the amino acid tryptophan. Known for its ability to naturally stabilize your mood it also plays a key role in the following: sleeping, digestion, wound healing, bone health, and sex drive. As we research into the gut and its importance in our overall health, the more we find that the gut acts as a second brain.
By Dr. Dee
With the fall season finally here our immune systems have a tendency to take another hit. One of the biggest contributing factors to this decrease in our immunity is the sudden surge of cold air. But unfortunately, the contributing factor people often forget about is the increase in depression that often comes with it. I know it sounds odd to think about the holiday season bringing anything but cheer. Unfortunately, for most of us it also come with extreme stress, financial burdens, over working and over stretching ourselves. This can all lead to an increase in fall time blues. As if that were not enough, there is a direct link to our mood and our immunity. With everything going on in the world right now, the last thing any of us needs is the added stress of illness or anymore happiness busters. Luckily, there are tons of all natural ways to amp up your happiness hormones right at home. Today we will go over three happiness hormones: Dopamine, Serotonin, and Oxytocin. While also covering some tips to help you reduce your Cortisol (stress) levels and make this season full of JOY!
Oxytocin plays a key role in social bonding, sexual reproduction, childbirth, and the period after childbirth. During labor Oxytocin is released in response to the stretching of the cervix and uterus, it is also released upon stimulation of the nipples when breastfeeding. Not only does the hormone help with labor and milk production, it also promotes bonding between mother and child. As a by product women contain more receptors for Oxytocin as well as higher levels of its production.
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