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Get Your Serotonin Fix

TreeWelcome to fall in Wisconsin!

The past month has been gloomy, dreary, foggy and rainy.  We don’t have to wait for a sunny day to feel better, instead, try varying your diet and routine to up your serotonin levels.

Serotonin is one of the brain’s feel-good chemicals.  So, the higher you can get your serotonin level the happier you are.  As an added bonus, serotonin also acts as an appetite suppressant.  So, the higher your serotonin level is the more full you will feel.

The sun naturally increases your serotonin level.  So, the more you’re outdoors enjoying the sun; the higher your serotonin level is.  Since we live in Wisconsin, fall means we’ll be outdoors less and less. This means you’ll be getting less of a serotonin boost from the sun.  To combat this, I’ve made a short list of ways to help you keep your “feel-good” and “feel-full” chemicals at optimal levels:

1. Exercise – it boosts your serotonin levels (hence the post-workout
high).  Check out our upcoming mini and advanced boot camp schedules.
2. Eat more tryptophan – found in meat (especially poultry), eggs, nuts, and milk.   Not sure which foods bring on the good moods? Read our Good Mood Foods article.
3. Eliminate (or seriously cut back on) junk foods and simple/processed carbohydrates from your diet.  See the article on a Simple Prescription for Good Health.
4. Get outdoors when the sun is shining even if it’s only a few minutes a day!

Stay Happy and Healthy This Fall!

~ Coach Catherine, Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp

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