Eight Natural Ways to Boost Serotonin and Mood

Our brain produces neurotransmitters like serotonin which play an important role in how we feel each day. Many people experience pain, stress, depression and anxiety associated with low serotonin levels. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural ways we can boost our mood by helping our body produce the right amount of serotonin.

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Exercise as Treatment for Perinatal Mood Issues

Here is an excellent follow up to my post on exercise written by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett.

“In most cases, the non-drug treatments are
as effective as medications with far fewer
side effects.” -Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

A growing body of research indicates that exercise is an effective treatment for depression, with efficacy comparable to that of medications.

Alternative Treatments for Postpartum Mood Disorders

Here is an excellent article from Mothering.com that includes great advice from many sources, including Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and PSI president Birdie Meyer. The Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Warrenville, Illinois is especially remarkable for reporting the link between high copper and severe postpartum anxiety issues like postpartum psychosis and postpartum obsessive/compulsive disorder.  Look for an in-depth post … Continue reading

Yoga for PPD

(Posted on http://www.naturalnews.com) (NaturalNews) Recently a study (conducted at the University of California, Irvine) suggesting that postpartum depression is the result of hormonal imbalances has made news. Postpartum depression is a common condition affecting women in the days after childbirth. It has also been suggested that Yoga potentially holds the key to alleviating this condition. … Continue reading

“Pregorexia”

According to the experts at The Victorian, a premier eating disorder and co-existing substance abuse treatment center for women, that number appears to be increasing as more women emulate Hollywood starlets who are getting pregnant, gaining very little weight, and losing every ounce of “excess” weight within days or weeks of delivery.

Perinatal Exercise Programs

Can simply exercising help my mood symptoms? The answer is yes. Though the answer to erasing your mood symptoms completely may not be as simple as just exercising, enjoying exercise is very likely to lift your mood somewhat. There is a large body of evidence supporting the use of exercise to treat mood symptoms. In-depth articles that outline research are in development at WellPostparum.com.

Now, thanks to Amber Koter-Puline and The Georgia Postpartum Support Network, here is a list of resources for moms!