1 Food sources that help with serotonin production – foods high in B-vitamins (brown rice, chicken, corn ,eggs, green leafs, legumes, meat, nuts, peas, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast), Calcium (almonds, brewer’s yeast, green leafs and cruciferous vegetables, fish with bones, sesame seeds, tofu), Magnesium (green leafs, brown rice, sesame seeds, shrimp, salmon) and Tryptophan (turkey, soy foods, peanuts, almonds).
2 Essential fatty acids necessary for serotonin production are the omega 3’s (fish oils found in mackerel, salmon, sardine, tuna; walnut oil, flax oil) and 6’s (canola oil, chicken, eggs, flax, grape seed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, turkey, wheat germ oil) as well as Gamma-Linolenic Acid (black current oil, bluegreen algae, borage oil, evening primrose oil). I’ve also read that most people have an excess of omega 6’s and need to decrease the amount of 6’s in their diet in order for the 3’s to function well. I guess most of us are lacking in 3’s.
3 Long-term stress depletes serotonin levels. Short term stress actually increases serotonin, but after time you get burn-out and it becomes increasingly difficult for the body to produce serotonin. So reduce stress–this can be as simple as adding exercise and meditation to the daily routine or as life changing as choosing to leave a really stressful job.
4-Avoid stimulants because they deplete serotonin over time–this works the same was stress does. We’re talking things like caffeine, refined carbohydrates, chocolate, sugar as well as the heavier stimulants like cold remedies, alcohol, street drugs, diet pills and tobacco.