Here at the Doctors Studio we just love passing on a little scientific tip or two that we just know will add a little more spring to your step!
Here’s one of our favorites.
You may already know that dopamine and serotonin, often referred to as ‘pleasure hormones’, make us feel GREAT. They flood our brains with upbeat, happy feelings when we experience a positive trigger (say, a wonderful kiss, brunch with our friends, a favorite song, or a great party), leaving us feeling bathed in a radiant, happy glow.
But what you might not know is this. A cool evolutionary quirk of ours is that simply anticipating a fun event can boost dopamine levels even higher than the event itself! That’s why we always recommend booking in a little treat for yourself at the end of each workday – such as a Netflix-and-chill session, or a pampering session at our welcoming Boca Raton offices.
An Awesome Source of Happy Hormones!
But here’s the problem. During these lockdown-heavy times, the social events that usually put a smile on our face – lunch with girlfriends, a trip to the movies, a festival or family get-togethers – seem more and more infrequent or inaccessible. We feel more stressed, with less to look forward to. And that means our usual sources of happy hormones have fallen away. So what do we do?
The answer lies (as usual!) in nature.
When it comes to putting a smile back on your face, the right blend of vitamins and minerals can instantly help your dopamine and serotonin levels to fly a lot higher. The result? You’ll feel happier and less stressed. Your cortisol levels will drop. You’ll sleep better. And the travails of life will feel much easier to deal with.
Soup Up Your Serotonin Levels
Specifically, B-vitamins, Vitamin C, D, magnesium, and zinc are all clinically-proven to increase natural serotonin levels.
By eating a diet rich in high-quality protein, we increase our production of an amino acid known as tryptophan. Tryptophan can pass the blood-brain barrier to easily increase levels of serotonin in the brain, leaving you feeling happy and positive.
Need a little nudge in the right direction? Opt for our SOUL food protein supplement for a tasty cinnamon, vanilla, or chocolate hit. We just love it mixed into home-made granola, served with ice-cold coconut milk and a little handful of nuts, blueberries, and flax. It’s the ideal way to boost happy hormone levels and improve immunity and general wellness, too!
You’ll thank us for this next recommendation. Consider adding a lovely little dessert to your evening meal tonight! Specifically, opt for some dark chocolate covered almonds, and you’ll have done a great job in adding happy hormone-boosting omega oils, protein, and Vitamin D to your diet.
We also recommend taking REM Rhythm before bed. It provides a serotonin and dopamine-boosting blend of B6 and mucuna pruriens. Alongside the power of melatonin, it will also promote great sleep. We added mucuna pruriens specifically because it is an amino acid known as levodopa, or L-dopa – and your brain specifically requires L-dopa to produce dopamine.
Your body’s immune system is incredible. By boosting natural immunity, you are more likely to feel energetic, confident, resilient, and healthful. And that’s why we created our comprehensive iMask Bundle. It conveniently provides all the clinically-recognized immunity boosting vitamins and minerals in one hit. Separated into an AM and PM plan, your body will be flooded with nutrients, 24/7! Often the same nutrients that keep our immune system strong are the same that boost happy hormones.
Biologically, it turns out, what keeps us healthy also keeps us happy!
Boost Your Happiness Today!
Interested in boosting your happiness and kicking stress levels to the kerb?
Check out our Doctors Studio Store, packed to the brim with our exclusive, healthful, physician-grade supplements and health products! So many of our clients love them – and we think you will, too! Whatever your health question or issue, why not drop by our give us a call today? We’re always here to help!