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Go For a Walk to Boost Your Serotonin and Cure Your Mid-winter Blues!

Serotonin is the “feel good” brain chemical that controls mood, appetite & sleep.  Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, while high levels are associated with an elevated “happy” mood.  Serotonin levels naturally decline in the winter months,  and leave many people with some degree with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

The good news is that even low-moderate intensity exercise such as a 30 minute walk can help to boost your brain serotonin levels.  Remember, exercise is about feeling good, not just looking good.

Activity increases the rate and frequency at which serotonin is “fired” within the brain, resulting in an increase in the release and synthesis of serotonin.  Also, regular exercise increases the level of tryptophan (an amino acid used to manufacture serotonin).

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/22590-effects-exercise-serotonin-levels/#ixzz1gFxBuEmb

It is a beautiful day today – go out for a walk, boost your serotonin (and vitamin D) levels, and feel better!

Dr. Devine is a Seattle chiropractor who specializes in treating injuries and providing wellness care.