When I ask my nutrition patients what makes them happy, for most they describe happiness as a feeling of physical and mental balance. When we are happy we all radiate health. People say we are glowing. In fact, we feel like we are glowing!
Feeling unhealthy or ill is certainly one of the major reasons for people to feel low, down, depressed, frustrated, and even angry. Physical symptoms can range from headaches, aches and pains, stomach and/or digestive issues, to physical and emotional exhaustion.
These stress factors often wreak havoc on people in their daily lives and on their health. So how do we break this vicious circle and naturally increase our happiness and well-being?
90% of serotonin—our feel-good hormone—is produced in the gut from a dietary amino acid called tryptophan. It's a very important neurotransmitter that relays signals throughout the brain. Of the more than 40 million brain cells, most of the brain functions are influenced in some way by serotonin, including sleep, mood, sexual desire, appetite, and social behavior.