Low levels of dopamine in the body are often linked to depression, addiction, chronic fatigue and apathy.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in maintaining good mental health and optimum cognitive function. Reduced levels of dopamine have a negative impact on the brain, leading to memory loss, lack of motivation and an inability to feel pleasure in very extreme cases.
If you’re experiencing depression, low mood or poor cognitive function, you can boost your mood by increasing the levels of dopamine in your body… that all sounds very scientific doesn’t it?! In reality, the ways to naturally increase your levels are actually very basic.
4 Natural Ways to Increase Dopamine Levels and Boost Your Mood:
In order to produce dopamine, the human body needs a supply of tyrosine. Tyrosine is an amino acid that can be found in a range of foods and drinks. Meat, poultry, yoghurt and other animal products are excellent sources of tyrosine and can help to naturally boost the body’s dopamine levels. Other sources of tyrosine include bananas, oatmeal, almonds, pumpkin seeds, chocolate, coffee and green tea. Try to include plenty of tyrosine-rich foods in your diet on a daily basis.
Physical activity and regular exercise increases levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are needed for optimum mental health. People experiencing depression and low mood often feel tired and lethargic, leading to inactivity and a worsening of symptoms. Just a little daily exercise can make all the difference to your mood and help to boost your dopamine levels. Walking, swimming, cycling, yoga or simply walking around the garden can be a great antidote to the symptoms of depression.
Hundreds of studies have shown that meditation can help to relieve the symptoms of many physical and mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and panic disorder. I’m a big advocate of meditation and encourage this practice with all of my clients. The benefits of regular meditation can also extend to the heart and circulatory system, as it helps to reduce blood pressure and improve circulation, particularly when combined with deep breathing. Setting aside a few minutes a day to practice mindful meditation is a simple way to boost your dopamine levels and improve your health.
Nutritional supplements can help some people with low levels of dopamine, although the results vary greatly from one person to the next, so it’s always recommended to consult a doctor and nutritionist when venturing down the supplement route.
Ginkgo biloba is one of the most widely used supplements for memory problems, brain fog, depression and anxiety, as it can increase dopamine levels. Curcumin supplements can also boost dopamine levels and reduce many of the symptoms associated with depression, such as fatigue, poor concentration and irritability. L-theanine is another useful supplement that can improve your memory and lift your mood.
Increasing your dopamine levels can help to improve your mood, reduce fatigue and increase concentration.
Give it a go with these healthful practices!