Lethargic & downcast? 3 scientifically proven ways to increase your serotonin levels

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Be it stress at work, relationship problems or loss of motivation during training: Wouldn't it be nice if there was a miracle cure that gets you out of your mood? 

The answer is called serotonin! Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and (like dopamine) is often referred to colloquially as the happiness hormone . Too much stress, negative emotions or drastic experiences can cause your serotonin levels to drop. That's why we have collected 3 completely natural methods for you with which you can increase your serotonin level so that you can start again with full motivation. 


You've probably heard of it - exercising causes endorphins to be released and makes you happy. Just 20 minutes of training is enough to significantly increase your mood . Why? During training, your body releases the happiness hormones serotonin and dopamine, which not only make you happy, but also have a pain-relieving effect and make you almost dependent (in a good sense!) On training. The more regularly you train, the greater the effect. It is important to choose activities that you enjoy. Think about it: if you choose a sport that you don't enjoy, it is unlikely to increase your mood. Fortunately (in the truest sense of the word) you can on GymondoUse over 75 different training programs to find your perfect mood booster sport. Whether yoga, dancing, HIIT or strength training - just try something new! 

A place in the Sun

Obviously, in the dark months it is difficult to get enough sunlight. But there is hope! If you suffer from winter depression, which by the way is an internationally recognized clinical picture, then you should think about investing in a full spectrum lamp that mimics natural sunlight. Why? Natural sunlight increases the secretion of serotonin and helps to increase the body's own vitamin D level. Just like serotonin, vitamin D is closely related to your mood. Vitamin D deficiency often results in depression. Therefore, especially in winter, you should make sure to get enough sunlight or, alternatively, to supplement vitamin D. A sufficient vitamin D level ensures that you do not fall into winter depression.

Find out the way everything you need to know about vitamin D . 

Nerve food

You are what you eat - especially in the winter months. There are some foods that naturally increase your serotonin levels. This is especially true of foods that contain large amounts of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is converted by the body into serotonin and is found in large quantities in nuts , salmon and turkey, but also in pineapples and dark chocolate. Especially in combination with carbohydrates , tryptophan is better absorbed by the body and significantly increases your serotonin level.

Time to act!

Regulating your mood naturally is a complex process that involves multiple hormones and interactions. However, our 3 tips are a good starting point to increase your mood without medication or even therapy, so that you can start each day full of energy and motivation. Test it yourself!