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Dopamine: The Pleasure Chemical in our Body.


Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in our body. Our nervous system uses dopamine for communication purposes between nerve cells. Dopamine is also known as a pleasure chemical. Before going into the details first we need to know what is a neurotransmitter

What is neurotransmitter?

Neurotransmitters being transported between two neurons in human brain
Neurotransmitters being transported between two neurons in the human brain

We can call neurotransmitters the messengers in our bodies. Just like the messengers convey messages to different areas. Neurotransmitters are used by our nervous system to convey messages between neurons of our nervous system. Many neurotransmitters are found in our body such as Glutamate, Acetylcholine(Ach), Histamine, and most importantly Dopamine, Which is the center of our discussion.

Why is it called pleasure chemical?

Positive effects of Dopamine
Positive effects of Dopamine

Dopamine is one of the chemicals in our nervous system which makes us feel good. It is connected to the reward system of our brain. Dopamine when released interacts with the pleasure and reward center of the brain, which eventually makes us feel better and more enthusiastic. It improves our mood and provides us with a pleasant sensation. It works with other chemicals such as serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins to play a key role in improving our mood. Dopamine also affects our memory in a positive way

Natural ways to increase Dopamine level in our body

There are many ways through which dopamine levels in our body can be increased using natural ways.

Exercise regularly

Doctors often recommend exercise as a powerful tool for boosting dopamine levels and improving mood.  Only 10 minutes of exercise can be useful. Exercise also has enormous benefits regarding our health other than increasing dopamine level

Get enough sleep

Studies on animals have shown that Dopamine is released in bulky amounts in the morning and the level of dopamine naturally falls when someone goes to sleep. When we get a good sleep and then wake up, the dopamine level is increased. When people stay awake through the night, Dopamine amount is drastically decreased by the next morning. So having a good sleep is very necessary.

Take a healthy diet

Diet greatly influences dopamine amount in our nervous system.

Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and butter are helpful for this purpose.

Different fruits particularly Bananas are very useful as the peel and pulp of bananas contain a significant quantity of dopamine. Banana is also antioxidative which is beneficial for the health system of our body.

Dark chocolate when used interacts with our neurotransmitter system and causes the release of the huge amount of dopamine that eventually hits our reward system and plays a key role in regulating our mood.

Take protein regularly

Proteins are made up of amino acids. Our body needs 20 amino acids to make proteins.

Out of 20 amino acids, our body can synthesize 10 amino acids while the remaining 10 we must take in our diet.

Tyrosine plays a role in the formation of dopamine. So taking a large amount of tyrosine in our diet can improve dopamine levels.

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