CAPE TOWN –Having the right levels of dopamine is essential to combatting depression and living a healthier, happy life.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that generates feelings of pleasure and can affect behavioral patterns and physical functions such as mood, sleep, motivation, learning and attention.
Here are three ways on how to naturally increase your daily dose of dopamine:
The most commonly known form of getting a quick fix of dopamine is to exercise. Research has shown that exercise affects dopamine levels which do a lot for any person’s mental health.
The amount of exercise varies from person to person, however, it could be as simple as a short walk in your area, a routine workout at the gym, or some outdoor activity like hiking.
Meditation, yoga or pilates is a practice that helps with psychological disorders and can reduce areas of anxiety, stress, lack of concentration and high blood pressure.
This can be done in a group or by yourself and varies in time length.
Often overlooked, but what you eat plays a major role in how you feel. Eating the correct healthy fats and correct amounts of protein can regulate dopamine levels.
Studies have shown that omega-3 fats and polyunsaturated fatty acids are associated with brain function. You’ll find these good fats in avocados, salmon, nuts, flaxseed and chia seeds.
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