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It appears that women may have a greater sensitivity to changes in serotonin. Mood swings during the menstrual cycle or menopause or following the birth of a baby are induced by the action of hormones on neurotransmitters.

Various factors can have a positive effect on serotonin functioning. These include sunlight, certain carbohydrate foods, some hormones, and exercise. Exercise acts as nature's tranquilizer, helping to boost serotonin activity in the brain. Studies show that exercise also triggers the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are known to boost alertness.

From: Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Women's Healthcare Forum: "Fibromyalgia: The Basics." Arthritis Foundation: "Water Exercises." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.


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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 02, 2018

SOURCES: Women's Healthcare Forum: "Fibromyalgia: The Basics." Arthritis Foundation: "Water Exercises." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.


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