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What are the effects of different levels of serotonin?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Optimal Level of Serotonin

Hopeful, optimistic Calm "Good-natured" Patient Reflective and thoughtful Loving and caring Able to concentrate Creative, focused Able to think things through Responsive Does not overeat carbohydrates Sleeps well with good recall of dreams

Low Level of Serotonin

Depressed Anxious Irritable Impatient Impulsive Abusive Short attention span Blocked, scattered "Flies off the handle" Reactive Craves sweets and high-carbohydrate foods Insomnia and poor recall of dreams

The lower your level of serotonin, the more severe and widespread the potential impact on your brain and body. For example, low levels of serotonin can cause an overwhelming craving for sugar. Research has shown that many people with bulimia, an eating disorder characterized by uncontrollable eating binges, have insufficient supplies of serotonin.

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