Dopamine is a brain chemical that allows us to have feelings of bliss, pleasure, euphoria, drive, motivation, focus, and concentration. Dopamine is a chemical (neurotransmitter) that is used by the nerves to send messages. When dopamine levels are depleted in the brain, the nerve impulses, or “messages,” cannot be transmitted properly and can impair brain functions: behavior, mood, cognition, attention, learning, movement, and sleep.
With that background in mind, consider the following dopamine-boosting tactics you can take to increase dopamine levels.
1. Decrease your sugar intake. Sugar alters brain chemistry by disrupting dopamine levels, which is one reason why people often experience a “sugar high” shortly after eating sweets.
2. Take tyrosine. When your brain cells need to “manufacture” neurotransmitters for proper mood regulation, they use amino acids as the essential raw material.
3. Decrease caffeine intake. After experiencing the initial kick caffeine offers, dopamine levels in the body decrease. So, go for a cup of decaf or at least minimize consumption of coffee to counter dopamine deficiency.
4. Set a routine schedule. One easy way to boost dopamine is to get in a healthy routine and stick to it. Your routine should include adequate time for work and rest.
5. Get consistent exercise. Regular physical activity increases blood circulation to influence the presence of many different hormones within the brain, affecting dopamine levels.
6. Decrease stress levels. High-stress levels are also strongly correlated with dopamine deficiency.
7, Correct a magnesium deficiency This deficiency can cause decreased levels of dopamine.
8. Take vitamins for depression. Dopamine is easily oxidized. The antioxidants contained in vitamins (such as vitamins C and E) protect the health of brain neurons that use dopamine.
Credits: University Health News