Dopamine: How Does It Affect Your Day?

Do you feel you don’t have enough energy to get through the day? Is it hard to finish things once you’ve started them? Are you easily distracted? Do you find it hard to concentrate? Have you lost your zest for life?

If you answered yes to any of these, you may have a dopamine deficiency.

What is Dopamine?

Dopamine is one of the over 100 neurotransmitters in the human brain.

Often called the “motivation molecule,” dopamine provides the drive and focus you need to be productive. It is heavily involved with attention span, focus, follow-through, motivation, and the ability to experience pleasure.

Dopamine-dominant people are usually focused go-getters and a little intense. However, a lack of dopamine is associated with:

  • Fatigue
  • Apathy
  • Lack of focus
  • Forgetfulness
  • Moodiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Insomnia
  • Sugar cravings
  • Lower motivation

How to Boost Dopamine

Unfortunately, many of the things that people do to boost their focus and energy end up backfiring. Nicotine, caffeine, and sugar-laden, fat-filled treats are all very effective at increasing dopamine levels.

However, these things that provide a quick boost end up disrupting the natural dopamine production process resulting in decreased dopamine production in the long-term.

So, what are safe, healthy, natural ways to boost your dopamine levels?

Eat foods rich in tyrosine. In order to make dopamine, your body needs tyrosine which can be found in:

  • Almonds
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Fish
  • Chicken

Exercise regularly. In general, physical exercise is one of the best things you can do for your brain. It increases the production of new brain cells, slows down brain cell aging, can increase your levels of dopamine.

Learn to meditate. The overall health benefits of meditation have been demonstrated through hundreds of research studies. Many of those have shown that meditation increases dopamine leading to improved focus and concentration.

Get a massage. It has long been suggested that one way to keep dopamine levels high is to avoid stress, which is nearly impossible in this day and age. To counter the effects of stress, research has demonstrated that massage therapy increases dopamine levels by nearly 30% while decreasing cortisol (a stress hormone) levels.

Sleep. To ensure that your brain increases dopamine naturally, you’ll want to make sure that you’re getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep has been shown to reduce concentrations of neurotransmitters, including dopamine, and their receptors.

Listen to music. It is no surprise that listening to music can increase pleasurable feelings, improve mood, boost energy, and help with focus and concentration. Research has demonstrated that much of this is achieved due to an increase in dopamine levels.

Supplement. Focus and Energy is a multiple mechanism formula containing three special adaptogens known to support healthy dopamine levels. Ashwagandha, rhodiola, and panax ginseng are combined with decaffeinated green tea and choline to promote improved focus and increased energy while enhancing endurance and stamina.

 

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