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3 Ways to naturally increase your dopamine levels

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.

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Here are three ways on how to naturally increase your daily dose of dopamine:

EXERCISE

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

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.

 

FOOD

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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