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How Do You Increase Higher Serotonin Levels To Help With ADD/ADHD?

I always tell parents or adults with ADD/ADHD that you should donate at a minimum 1 hr a day for researching information for you or your child. Well here is some of the information I came across today. Did you know ADD/ADHD have low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin? This is also common for Bi polar and depression as well. Did you know that serotonin is produced between 2-3am during your deep REM sleep. So the more often your sleep is disturbed the less serotonin is produced. If you have low levels of serotonin then you are going to have low levels of melatonin because serotonin converts into melatonin. A remedy for proper sleep is to take melatonin before bed. Personally I use Biometics Bio Nite because it’s a delicious liquid form of melatonin. Also taking amino acid L-Trypotophan (5-HTP) will also help synthesize serotonin.

Did you know that you can naturally raise your serotonin levels by:

1. Doing random acts of kindness (Giver)

2. Being the recipient of someone that gives or acts out kindness (Receiver)

3.Witnessing random acts of kindness, you don’t even have to do ANYTHING but just notice a good deed (Observer)

4. Everytime you pet your cat, dog, bird, whatever….

5. Choosing a hobby or career path that you love (having passion) to do.

Individuals who have low levels of serotonin not only do not sleep well but always have a craving for chocolate or starchy foods because it’s a quick serotonin fix. Some of the major reasons for low levels of serotonin are:

1. Yo Yo diets, not getting enough amino acids

2. Medications use up large amounts of serotonin and dopamine

3. Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine depletes serotonin levels over time

4. Chronic stress depletes serotonin levels

5. Aging; neurons make smaller amount of neurotransmitters as you get older

6. Neurotoxins (Pesticides, insectidies,etc) decrease serotonin production

7. Hormone Imbalances influence serotonin release and activity

8. Genetics, you are born with low neurotransmitter level

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.



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