Maintaining a good mood is all about experiencing life from a place of high vibration. Ok, so not get all ‘loopy’ and ‘metaphysical’ on you. But let us think about this together for a second. When we experience feelings of sadness, guilt, fear, shame, or loneliness, our bodies attempt to make themselves small, and we feel like we want to shrink, and make ourselves as unnoticeable as possible. While it is not physically possible to make yourselves small, instinctually we do other things like hang our heads low, sheepishly avoid eye contact, tuck our necks- anything that makes our bodies feel small. We may also experience feelings of physical discomfort and emotional confusion.
When we experience emotions of high vibrations like love, acceptance, gratitude, and joy, we feel lighter, energized, excited, available and ready to take the world by storm. We walk with our shoulders broad, chest out and head high- all of which says ‘look at me’. You stand tall and want the world to see you.
Low levels of neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine heighten feelings caused by low frequency emotions. The opposite is true as well- high levels of these neurotransmitters elevates your vibration, and to ensure that you are vibrating from high frequency frequently, committing to a healthy lifestyle habits, and maintaining a diet that supports healthy, consistent levels of serotonin production is important.
What does that mean? Well, when it comes to nutrition, knowledge of foods that support serotonin secretion and absorption is essential. There are certain foods that are rich in serotonin, these foods include:
- Walnuts/Hickory nuts
Foods that are rich in certain B vitamins (B1, B3, B6, B9) will also increase serotonin levels in your blood naturally, by converting tryptophan, an amino acid that you get from protein in your diet, into functional serotonin. Meats, including fish, poultry, and lean pork provide rich sources of B vitamins. But you should be mindful of vitamin B intake, as too much of it can cause liver damage, so please be sure to consult with your physician if you decide to increase your B vitamin intake.
These are a few of my favorite rituals for increasing serotonin in my body, allowing me to operate for a frequency of higher vibration.#1 - Spend a lot of time in the sunlight.Light is a standard treatment method for seasonal depression, but a few studies also suggest that it is an effective treatment for non-seasonal depression as well, and has been shown to reduce depressed mood in women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and in pregnant women suffering from depression.
#2 - Consume serotonin rich foods frequently. My favorite ‘thing’ to do is to make a deliciously refreshing morning smoothie, consisting of walnuts, banana, pineapple kale ginger and blueberries.
- ¼ cup of walnuts
- ½ banana
- 1/4 cup of blueberries
- ¼ cup of freshly diced pineapples
- ½ cup of freshly chopped kale
- ½ small ginger root
- 1 cup of coconut water
#3- Go for a long bike ride.
- Cycling makes you feel fit, but one of the benefits of cycling is that it boosts the production of feel-good chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine
- Ride your bike three to five times a week for 45 to 60 minutes long and keep your heart rate between 50 and 85 percent of your max.