Dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter in the brain which is a chemical messenger that helps control the brain’s reward, pleasure, motivation, memory, attention, and regulation of body movements.
Dopamine plays a major role in our emotional responses, and is key in terms of motivation, because it is a driving force when it is time to be productive. The lack of dopamine released in your brain may result in illnesses and diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease. Other symptoms due to the lack of dopamine may be fatigue, apathy, lack of focus, forgetfulness, moodiness, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, and lack of motivation. High dopamine levels can lead to schizophrenia and drug addiction.
As human beings, we are always seeking pleasure. We are always searching for things that bring us positive simulation, and/ or simply make us feel good. Some may turn to psychoactive drugs for immediate gratification. After long term use of psychoactive drugs, your body’s tolerance level will increase which will cause you to consume more of the drug, and possibly form an unhealthy addiction.
6 Safe and Healthy Ways to Boost Dopamine Levels:
1. Eat foods rich in tyrosine
2. Exercise regularly
3. Learn to meditate
4. Get a massage
6. Listen to music