Do you often feel demotivated, lethargic, and loss of interest in the surrounding ?
Is it difficult for you to focus?
This could be because of deficiency of Dopamine, a neurotransmitter also known as the molecule of reward.
Dopamine, is a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells.
It stimulates pleasure, motivation and feeling of enjoyment.
Dopamine is very important for brain function, and along with epinephrine and norepinephrine it helps the peripheral nervous system to control fight or flight response.
Dopamine produces zest for life, promotes productivity and focus and is responsible for motivation.
It enables you to plan ahead and resist impulses so that you can achieve your goals.
Dopamine gets you competitive juices flowing and provides you with the thrill in all aspects of your life or business, sport ,or love.
Dopamine is in charge of your PLEASURE- REWARD SYSTEM, it allows you to experience the feeling of enjoyment, bliss and euphoria.
Low dopamine levels – can make you unfocused, demotivated, lethargic and depressed.
It is known that people who have low dopamine levels can be so depressed that they will starve themselves even if food is available.
Other effects of Low dopamine-
Loss of libido
Inability to feel pleasure
Inability to connect to others
Self destructive behavior
Attention deficit disorder
Attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
Causes of low dopamine
Things that improve dopamine levels
Eating sugar , drinking alcohol,sex , Making money – can increase levels of dopamine but this is just a temporary boost
Research shows that
Nicotine increases the dopamine by 200%
cocaine increases the levels of dopamine by 400%
The healthy sources of Dopamine
Dopamine is prepared from Tyrosine hence you must eat tyrosine rich foods & foods that are rich in protein.
Here are few examples.
Green leafy vegetables
Food to Avoid –
Excess Saturated fat and sugar both produce a temperary unhealthy boost hence should be avoided.
Other things that boost dopamine production and circulation are-
Exercise – regular exercise not only boosts the dopamine production but also increases the amount of dopamine being circulated in the blood.
Regular Meditation – helps you calm down and balances the breakdown and circulation of dopamine
Therapeutic massage is said to help circulation of dopamine
And last but not the least taking a cold shower increases the level of dopamine by 250%
Dr Abhay Talwalkar