Flooding your brain with dopamine and serotonin, it not only heightens feelings of euphoria, but empathy and love as well.
Once your serotonin levels are back up to normal, they can make enough melatonin so you can sleep better, says Dr. Rindfleisch.
Those drugs are SSRIs—serotonin uptake inhibitors—and they spin their mood magic by elevating levels of serotonin in the brain.
This evolutionary irrationality can definitely be heightened by serotonin.
Besides dopamine, serotonin might play a role, too, researchers say, as well as other brain chemicals and receptors.
Spaghetti squash also contains specific nutrients that help convert the tryptophan in other foods you eat into serotonin.
serotonin se·ro·to·nin (sěr'ə-tō'nĭn, sēr'-)
An organic compound formed from tryptophan and found in animal and human tissue, especially the brain, blood serum, and gastric mucous membranes, and active in vasoconstriction, stimulation of the smooth muscles, transmission of impulses between nerve cells, and regulation of cyclic body processes. Also called 5-hydroxytryptamine.
A monoamine substance that is formed from tryptophan and found in many animal tissues, including the intestine and central nervous system. In the brain, serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter that is involved in the control of pain perception, the sleep-wake cycle, and mood. Serotonin is also produced in some bacteria and plants.