Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for improving our mood, making us feel relaxed, and more self-confident. It is often referred to as the “happy hormone”.
Serotonin impacts our sleep, sex drive, memory and ability to learn, and our social behavior in general.
95% of our serotonin is manufactured in the intestines, but for the brain to use serotonin it must be produced there – which is why eating serotonin rich foods doesn't help deficiency because it cannot cross from the intestine to the brain.
Serotonin deficiency can make you feel moody, angry, overwhelmed and anxious. It can also contribute to migraines, low self-esteem, insomnia and poor cognitive function.
In short, low serotonin can make you feel pretty miserable, and is common during winter months when low light levels reduce serotonin production (SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder).
There are oral supplements that increase serotonin levels, and antidepressants, but it is far preferable to engage in activities that naturally increase the production of serotonin, such as getting more sunlight, taking exercise, meditating, and listening to music.
How Does the Serotonin Boost Meditation Work?
Research shows that meditation has an impact on the brain’s production of serotonin levels, effectively melting away the stress that leads to low serotonin and subsequent anxiety, depression and insomnia (1).
In addition, studies show that the rhythmic stimulation of music promotes the release of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, affecting brain chemistry and resulting in stress reduction and mood elevation (2).
Our Serotonin Boost Meditation combines the benefits of meditation and rhythmic stimulation to naturally boost your serotonin production.
Serotonin Boost uses Alpha binaural beats frequencies at 10 Hertz, a known mood-elevating frequency associated with the release of serotonin.
The Alpha frequencies promote a calming effect that will entrain your brain to a relaxed but “in the flow” state; not one that will make you feel sleepy.
This means you can listen at any time of the day: while you work or study, while traveling to or from work, or when meditating.
In addition, the music in Serotonin Boost is tuned to 528 Hertz, a frequency on the ancient Solfeggio scale. In one notable study, 528 Hz was shown to reduce cortisol levels and increase oxytocin levels, thus reducing feelings of stress and tension and improving mood (3).
How to Use the Serotonin Boost Meditation
The Serotonin Boost meditation can be practiced passively or actively. You can listen to it while relaxing, working at a computer, reading a book, gardening, or engaging in other light tasks. You have the flexibility to choose whether to sit or lie down and whether to keep your eyes closed or open.
Simply slip on your headphones and press play.
If you would like to, you can set an intention to boost your serotonin levels and promote a sense of well-being. Silently repeat a positive affirmation or intention such as “I am cultivating happiness and inner peace.” You can also create your own personalized statement that resonates with you.
Elevate your mood today and start enjoying the benefits of increased serotonin in your brain.