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How can low serotonin levels affect me?
Sharine Forbes, Gerontology, answeredSerotonin, which has been shown to influence many of the brains cells, is made through a biochemical process in the brain. As a neurotransmitter, serotonin is responsible for feelings of happiness, contentment, and controls overall mood. When concentration levels of serotonin are high, feelings of happiness ensue. When levels of serotonin are low, an individual’s overall mood decreases as they become irritable and sad. The overall composition of serotonin is essentially a combination of tryptophan hydroxylase and tryptophan, which makes 5-hydoxytryptamine (5-HTP), also known as serotonin. Despite its place of origin, it is for the most part found in the digestive tract and in the blood platelets. Additionally, 5-hydoxytryptamine (5-HTP), which can act as a serotonin precursor, stimulates the secretion of serotonin production in the brain. If the levels of serotonin absorbed during reuptake are extreme, this also can lead to feelings of sadness. As a result, serotonin is linked to have influences on different behaviors such as, but not limited to, overall mood.
What is a level of consciousness?
Level of consciousness is a term used to describe a person's awareness and understanding of what is happening in his or her surroundings. There are three main levels of consciousness:
Consciousness is an awake state, in which a person is fully aware of his or her surroundings and understands, talks, moves and responds normally.
Decreased consciousness is a state in which a person appears to be awake and aware of surroundings (conscious) but is not responding normally. While in a state of decreased consciousness, a person may not answer when spoken to, stare straight ahead and have no facial expression. Others may think the person is acting confused, odd or sleepy. Later, the person may not be able to recall what happened.
Unconsciousness is a state in which a person is not aware of what is going on and is not able to respond normally to things that happen to and around him or her.
- Fainting is a brief form of unconsciousness.
- Coma is a deep, prolonged state of unconsciousness.
- General anesthesia is a controlled period of unconsciousness.
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What is a satiety center?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
Think about what motivates us to work, to love, to parent, and to do all the things we need to do from day to day. One of the driving forces for all of our action? Satisfaction. We're constantly in search of experiences and people who leave us feeling fulfilled and, essentially, satisfied. That's not because we're selfish people. It's because satiety is a base biological drive that originates in the brain.
While there are infinite ways to feel satisfied, the four main drives that exist in the brain's satiety center are this: Food, water, sex, and sleep. Our brains (and bodies) need those elements to prevent our body chemistry from spinning out of control like a hydroplaning vehicle. Interestingly, when one drive isn't being satisfied, your body makes up for it by relying on others. If you're not getting enough sleep, for example, then you compensate for that lack of fulfillment with an out-of-control sausage binge. In fact, that's one of the main reasons why people overeat: They're not getting enough sleep, they're not getting enough sex, and they're not drinking enough water. To compensate, they end up putting away more cream cheese than they can burn off. Though it may seem a little tabloid-esque to say that more romps in the bedroom can help you lose weight, there's some truth to it (you're welcome, fellas.)
Make sure you get enough water, sleep, and sex, and you'll not only enjoy the benefits from them individually, but the trickle-down effect is that you will reduce the chances that your satiety center will go schizo.
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