The neurotransmitter serotonin, a chemical messenger in the nervous system associated with harmony and well-being, is often mentioned in connection with chocolate and is also referred to as the "happiness hormone". Serotonin is important for the regeneration of mental strength and energy.
A serotonin deficit can lead to short-sighted actions, depressed mood and mood swings.
Serotonin also plays a major role in managing overtraining, optimizing recovery, and getting deeper, longer sleep.
Sleeping, singing, dancing, and listening to "feel good" pop music, as well as artistic activities and endurance sports can increase serotonin.
Supplements and certain foods can not only help you with sleep, energy levels, drive and performance at work and in sports, but also provide the raw material for neurotransmitters.
Serotonin is one of four neurotransmitters that play a major role in training, performance and recovery. You can learn more about the other three key neurotransmitters here – dopamine , acetylcholine and GABA .
In order to guarantee maximum progress and optimal performance, it is therefore crucial to include the field of neurotransmitters in one's work as a trainer.
In July, the YPSI Functional Nutrition for Neurotransmitters will take place as part of the English week, which will give an in-depth look at the practical application of the interplay between nutrition, nutrients and neurotransmitters from the perspective of the personal trainer.
Image: The chemical structural formula of serotonin.