Serotonin is a mood-stabilizing chemical messenger responsible for the happy feeling and healthy sleeping pattern in an individual. Lack of serotonin causes troubled sleeping patterns and alters the mood causing depression and anxiety. Serotonin can be supplemented through foods such as eggs, cheese, milk, salmon, tofu, pineapples, riped tomatoes, nuts, and seeds. Regular exercise under sunlight combined with healthy food habits boosts serotonin levels.
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How to trigger serotonin production?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 years old. I have been on different antidepressants for 14 years now. I did a 4 week taper off of Lexapro and have been off completely for one and a half weeks now. The physical symptoms of withdrawal are gone. But, I just feel depressed. I am in a constant depressive state. Will ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Early onset depression (less than 35 years of age) and that too of 14 years duration is not the ideal condition to taper off antidepressants. Only in typical depression that starts after a known stressor is episodic or lasts only 6 to 9 months when left untreated, ... Read Full »
What foods to avoid in serotonin syndrome?
Query: Hello doctor, My 39-year-old son was hospitalized for five days with serotonin syndrome. He was given intravenous and Ativan. He was discharged from the hospital, and he will go to his doctor regarding his meds. The problem is he was never told if he needed to stay away from certain foods that might... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is true that diet is very difficult for patients with serotonin syndrome. But, there are many myths as well about diet. 1. Most cheese and cheese products nowadays are low in tyramine levels. So, they are not that harmful. To be called yogurt, milk must be ferm... Read Full »
Does a change in diet helps to treat depression and anxiety?
Query: Hi doctor, How does diet help in mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety? I would like to discuss the success of incorporating diet in mental health treatment. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Some research studies prove the role of diet in mental disorder mainly mood disorders like depression and anxiety disorders. In general, diets rich in proteins especially aromatic amino acid proteins, complex carbohydrates and low fats help to improve serotoner... Read Full »