How to raise Serotonin with Foods + Sunlight
(also raises Melatonin i believe)
Eat these foods here, as they are high in L-Tryptophan, But also make sure that you are eating Carbohydrates + Starch in your diet as well. Rice, Potatoes, Pasta. This will help the conversion process. What happens is, that all of the other Amino acids get pushed into the muscles, leaving L-Tryptophan first in line to get converted.
Sunlight is also a key factor in the conversion process. If not i believe that it all gets converted to Melatonin.
Dark Chocolate (60% cocoa minimum) Do Not consume more than 25g a day.
Turkey (*Myth*one of the best foods at raising serotonin, and my theory why people fall asleep after a chistmas dinner is that it raises your serotonin levels that high after eating so much turkey)
Milk (A nice warm cup/glass of milk near bedtime will help you sleep also)
High omega 3 foods that increase serotonin like wild salmon, sardines or Mackerel
High Quality Eggs
Bananas (Best to eat when fresh, higher starch content, less sugar)
Whey protein (Like that in protein shakes)
Sour Cherries - Raises Serotonin levels + Melotonin
Free Range Beef
Roasted pumpkin seeds
dry sunflower seeds
The Upside to this diet is that it won't have the nasty Side effects of anti-depressants.
I was on Citalopram myself. For 2 weeks only however as i was having severe side effects! Altered vision at sundown, Full on body disassociation (Riddled with Anxiety!!!)
You should give the diet at least 3 weeks till it starts taking action really, Creativity is key also!
One of my favourite things to make is a Banana, oat and milk smoothie. Delicious perfect for after a workout.
This post has been edited by vape_ninja: 16 April 2012 - 09:21 AM