Benefits of Serotonin

September 03, 2019

Not a lot of people have a clear understanding of what exactly Serotonin is and what the main benefits are; so we thought we would shed some light on this topic! Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (although some believe it is a hormone) and sends signals between the nerves, regulating their intensity. It is made from the essential amino acid- tryptophan and plays an integral part in our wellbeing. 

In simple terms, it is the chemical that keeps us happy :D. 


So what are the benefits of the production of Serotonin other than helping with our happiness? Here goes…

-      Regulates bowel function and movements

-      Stimulates parts of our brain that control our sleep patterns

-      Helps regulate our mood and social behaviour

-      Aids digestion and appetite (therefore helps with our weight management)

-      Regulate anxiety and reduce depression

-      Heal wounds by causing tiny arteries to narrow, helping form blood clots 

-      Helps increase our memory 

-      Mood stabiliser


Ultimately it regulates our moods and promotes happiness from within.


So, how do we naturally boost our levels of Serotonin? We have you covered!


1-   Sunshine: Have you noticed the difference in your mood during Winter and Summer? When our bodies are exposed to natural light, it helps produce Serotonin and therefore helps stabilise our mood and promotes happiness. That winter escape to a warmer climate is needed! Get that leave approved and say hello to the warmer weather!

2-   Exercise: there’s nothing better than that post-exercise feeling when the endorphins hit, you feel energised and ready to kick start your day! Exercise is a natural boost and helps promote not only dopamine but Serotonin too. So despite it being tempting to hit that snooze alarm, just think about how good you will feel afterwards. 

3-   Diet: we’ve heard it all before, ‘you are what you eat’. When you consume foods that are high in tryptophan it can help produce Serotonin and ultimately increase your happiness levels! Think bananas, nuts, seeds, tofu, and pineapple.

4-   Meditation: before you roll your eyes and use the excuse that you do not have time, hear us out. You do not need to sit and meditate for hours. A quick 5-10 minute meditation can be enough to kick start your morning and get the boost you need. It can help alleviate stress, calm down our mind and make us come back to a place of mindfulness. It can promote a positive outlook on life which ultimately boosts Serotonin levels. Hello happiness!  


So now you can understand why we are obsessed with Serotonin and the benefits it has on our bodies! 

Top 9 things for a sustainable 2019

August 30, 2019

Unfortunately if we continue living the way we do as a society and not showing accountability for our actions, we will not have a planet to look after! By changing a few of our daily routines and adding small practices into our lives, we can change the direction we are headed and preserve our environment for future generations to enjoy. Here are our top 9 things to do for a sustainable 2019.  


1-    Farmers Market

It’s no secret that the produce you get from local farmers markets is one of the freshest and highest qualities you can get. You cannot beat the crunch when you bite into a juicy pear or the sweetness (with a hint of tang) when you pop a blueberry in your mouth. Supporting our local farmers and buying produce when it’s in season, helps contribute to a healthier and sustainable environment. Less transportation is needed, less refrigeration is needed and farmers can continue to grow their produce and make an income in order to sustain their business and not be pushed out. 


2-    Delivered organic box    

What better combination than home delivery and fresh organic produce? Match made in heaven we say! Getting your organic fruit and veg delivered supports our organic farmers and ensures they can continue with their protocols to remove chemicals and pesticides to ensure your body is thriving! These protocols support our environment as they remove pest control and toxic chemicals.


3-    Beeswax wraps & vegan 

Most of us are aware of the damage’s plastic has not only on the environment but to our bodies! It is hard to break down and is not eco-friendly. Whether you are vegan or not, Wax wraps are the perfect substitute for plastic. They eliminate the need to wrap your food in petrochemicals (that traditional cling wrap has), are reusable, reduces food wastage and can be broken down! With the choice of both Beeswax wraps or Vegan Wax Wraps, it ensures that everyone is catered for and can reduce their footprint in some way!      


4-    Reusable Bags

With the change in supermarkets now making you pay per plastic bag; it’s no wonder people are searching for alternatives! As plastic is causing significant damage to our environment, it is up to us to start taking ownership and limiting our use. Why not get your hands on reusable grocery bags that you can take with you and reduce your environmental footprint! 


5-    Keep cup

Does your morning routine include a visit to your local café to get your daily caffeine hit? Instead of using their cups, why not bring your own keep cup? Here you can reuse it every day and help reduce your waste which therefore benefits our environment and helps preserve it for future generations! Bonus- most cafes offer a discount if you BYO your own cup! 


6-    Metal Straws

Most plastic straws are non-bio-degradable. For every plastic straw we use, it increases the chances of another animal being harmed (have you seen the video of the turtle getting a plastic straw up its nose? Warning it will break your heart). Due to the lightness of these straws, they can easily be blown away into our ocean- resulting in it being the 7th most collected material on our beaches! To reduce this, why not invest in a metal straw which can be easily washed and reused. 


7-   Preserve the harvest

Brought too much fruit or veg one week? Looking like it’s going to go off before you have the chance to consume it all? Why not look at how you can preserve this produce instead of throwing it out. Our favourites are dehydrating, freezing or evening preserving in glass jars for later consumption. Want to get more creative? Try preserving your own jam! 


8-   Compost food waste

It is easy to put our food scraps in the bins. But why not use this waste and make it into something that will benefit our environment. Food waste compost is a perfect solution to using up waste scraps and can help the growth of our home gardens! This not only decreases your carbon footprint, but reduces your landfill use and can get you in the garden which can benefit not only your mind but overall wellbeing! Little weekend project- yes please!


9-   Eat less processed and packaged foods

We unfortunately have become a society that loves convenience. This has resulted in the increased consumption of packaged and processed foods- which has ultimately decreased our overall health. Why not reduce your intake of these foods and start eating wholefoods that come straight from the market and will leave you feeling more vibrant! The closer the food is to its natural state, the better it is for us. Try eating more fresh fruit and vegetables as snacks instead of relying on packaged and processed foods. Watch the change in your body and feel it thrive from within! 

How Serotonin is leading the way for being sustainable, ethical and environmentally conscious!

August 30, 2019

At Serotonin, we are continuing to adapt our practices in order to remain at the forefront in sustainability within the cafe scene. As leaders in this area, we are ever evolving and implementing different protocols to ensure we can reduce our carbon footprint and preserve our planet for future generations. 

Here is what we are already doing in our cafe to ensure we practice what we preach and ensure our Friendly Acts contribute towards a clean & HAPPIE* earth:

  1. Reusable straws in all our smoothies & juices (both metal and paper straws available)
  2. The use of Biodegradable containers for takeaway orders (easy compost friendly!)
  3. Paper bags to place our sweet treats in and other takeaway orders (no plastic here!) 
  4. Environmentally friendly take ‘with you’ reusable knives, forks and spoons 
  5. The choice to become more sustainable by offering reusable items to buy such as straws, tote bags, drink bottles, and coffee cups (from our favourite brands kappi & frank green) 
  6. Seasonal menu to ensure our fruits and vegetables are true to that season and therefore reduce the amount of products being brought from overseas! 
  7. We opt to make as many of our products in-house to reduce packaging where possible and showcase our amazing talent! Have you tried our house-made Almond Mylk or vegan feta?
  8. Our coffee orders come in large tins instead of single use bags
  9. At Serotonin we always encourage our staff to cycle to Work. This not only reduces our carbon input but exercise and fresh air promotes Serotonin and therefore happiness! Have you ever wondered why our dealers are extra happy? 

We like to think outside the box, so here are a few practices we are EXTRA proud of and may encourage you to think of creative ways to become more sustainable and environmentally conscious too!

  1. Have a garden? We give away our coffee grounds to customers for composting!
  2. Only eating the inside of a banana? We hate wasting produce so we repurpose banana peels in our menu! They are tasty!
  3. Teabags getting wasted? We brew our own tea using loose dry leaves (which can be made into compost later!)
  4. Go through a lot of toilet paper? At our Eatery we use ‘who gives a crap’ recycled toilet paper with 50% of the money being donated towards building toilets in developing countries! Now we are truly creating change! 
  5. Addicted to coffee? But do you know exactly where your coffee is coming from? We partner with an environmentally conscious coffee supplier so we can ensure the amount of coffee we go through isn’t damaging our planet!

*Happie: noun

A highly motivated and optimistic individual. Who’s compassionate, practices gratitude and has a strong sense of community. Who understands themselves, their health and is a big believer in using food as medicine.

About Us

At Serotonin in Melbourne, we provide a sanctuary to escape from our fast-paced lives. As optimal health requires a holistic approach, Serotonin integrates both a nourishing Eatery, an Exercise Centre and has an Education platform. Our ethos is based around eating a plant-based diet to ensure the body, mind and earth all function at their best.

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