Happy Hormones

We all go through ups and downs in life and that’s completely normal. However, sometimes we seem to get in a “slump” that is hard to get out of. What can you do? Are you a victim of your mood and hormones? Certainly not.

When it comes to your happy hormones and neurotransmitters, sometimes your body chemistry just needs a little help! Before I give you some tips on how to pump up those mood enhancers, let me briefly (and simply) explain what a hormone is.

What is a hormone anyway?

Hormones are chemical messengers, plain and simple. They transmit information from one part of the body to another. Most hormones are produced by glands in the body (collectively known as the endocrine system). These glands send out the hormone into the bloodstream which then carries it to all parts of the body. This particular hormone is looking for a particular cell that has “a receptor site” that matches it. Kind of like a key and lock, if it matches, the hormone can enter the cell and begin it’s work of “flipping on and off” certain switches. These switches control pretty much every function in the body!

So, that wasn’t too painful of a biology lesson, was it? Now, back to happy thoughts. Here are three hormones/neurotransmitters that you can easily boost.

SEROTONIN
This is a mood-boosting neurotransmitter that you should have if you want to feel good. Boost this hormone by exercising daily. You don’t have to kill yourself, just get some heart pumpin’ activity on a regular basis!

OXYTOCIN
Known as the “love hormone” this one can be boosted by spending time with loved ones and being kind to others. Oh, and I almost forgot…sex. Sex will boost this hormone. Have fun with this bit of information!

DOPAMINE
This neurotransmitter is basically your brain’s reward system. When you are praised for a job well done, you get a dopamine rush. It drives your pleasure seeking behavior. So boost this one by doing pleasurable, healthy activities that have a positive impact. Set realistic goals and then achieve them! Want a quick shot of dopamine? Listen to some music you enjoy!
Happy hormone boosting!

If you need a more hands-on approach to handling your health or hormones do not hesitate to contact my office for an appointment.

Dr. Shah, MD