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Serotonin Imbalance Symptoms 18 Feb 2013 20:47 #42

Serotonin Imbalance Symptoms
Posted November 19th, 2012 by Jennifer L. Reimer


Serotonin, a chemical in the human body necessary for life, has a “sweet spot” in regard to the favorable level for health and happiness. Too little serotonin results in depression, anxiety, decreased sex drive, muscle pain, appetite issues, and insomnia. However, too much causes a condition called serotonin syndrome, characterized by tachycardia (increased heart rate), hyperthermia (fever of 104º Fahrenheit/41.5º Celsius or higher), agitation, twitching and tremors, and in severe cases, renal failure and seizure.

Serotonin imbalance is a life and death issue: some studies suggest that depression will be the leading cause of death in several western nations by 2020. As more and more individuals take antidepressants, however, too much serotonin symptoms become increasingly widespread, and serotonin syndrome can be lethal. It is crucial that we become educated about ways to maintain healthy levels of serotonin, and to do so without resorting to pharmaceuticals. Diet and lifestyle contribute greatly to avoiding serotonin imbalance symptoms.

Serotonin Definition and How Serotonin Works
Serotonin is one of many chemicals called neurotransmitters that control states and functions of the body and mind. Neurotransmitters, including norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine, work by traveling from cell to cell in the brain. Brain cells, called neurons, are sensitive to neurotransmitters. Serotonin levels may increase when the amount of it in the spaces between neurons, called synapses, builds up. Serotonin is synthesized through myriad ways, including by eating certain foods – particularly tryptophan foods and complex carbohydrates – from Vitamin D absorbed via sunlight, and through brain activity during REM sleep that mimics the action of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants.

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