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Serotonin is one of the brain’s neurotransmitters–molecules that allow brain cells to talk to each other. Sad to report that serotonin levels either decline or become less efficient with age. This is because estrogen, in its own inevitable decline, is linked to serotonin like the front car of a two-car roller coaster.
This means there’s less communication inside your brain–less ability to associate one fact with another. For example, a friend needs to explain a joke because you’re unable to make the rapid-fire brain connections needed to see why something is funny.
Bumping up your serotonin allows you to make hundreds of thousands more connections. Natural ways to raise your serotonin, as explained in my book The Triple Whammy Cure, include exercise, sunlight, and eating high quality carbohydrates.
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Next time: Is there a brain-healthy diet?