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5 Ways to Boost Your Dopamine Levels Naturally

Low levels of dopamine can make you less motivated.

Wellness
| Contributor Content| UPDATED: May 31, 2018, 3:43 PM IST
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Dopamine – an effective neurotransmitter that controls your brain's reward and pleasure centers keeps you thriving, while low levels of dopamine can make you less motivated or enthusiastic about things that are generally exciting, or worse, can make you prone to Parkinson’s in the long run and addiction in general.

Here are 5 ways you can boost your dopamine levels naturally by becoming more mindful about what you eat and do:

1. Go for Proteins

From total 23 amino acids, tyrosine is one amino acid that converts in dopamine. Tyrosine is found naturally in eggs, dairy, soy, legumes and turkey.

2. Limit Saturated Fats

Saturated fats disrupt dopamine production in your body. Limit palm oil, cream, butter and full-fat dairy to keep your saturated fat intake under control.

3. Say Yes to Probiotics

Scientists aptly call your gut as your second brain because that’s the place where many neurotransmitter signaling molecules are produced, including dopamine. And a healthy gut needs probiotics to feed your microbiome.

4. Listen to Music

Music directly impacts your brain’s reward and pleasure centers, releasing dopamine instantly. The good impact of listening to music has been established in various studies of patients of Parkinson’s disease.

5. Sleep

Lastly, dopamine is released once your body rests for a couple of hours altogether. Dopamine levels are high in the morning after a good night’s sleep, making you more aware and wakeful, while you know how exactly you feel after an all-nighter.
First Published: May 31, 2018, 3:43 PM IST
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