5 ways to increase dopamine – the hormone of motivation and productivity

5 способов повысить дофамин - гормон мотивации и продуктивности

Dopamine is a major neurotransmitter that plays a key role in human behavior. If you have enough dopamine, you feel more alive, focused, productive, and motivated. However lifestyle, diet, and disease can reduce levels of dopamine in the brain, leading to decreased motivation and enthusiasm.

Eat foods that increase dopamineYou can get dopamine from apples, avocados, bananas, beans, eggplants, oranges, peas and spinach. However, the dopamine derived from food does not penetrate the blood-brain barrier. If you want to increase dopamine levels with food, you should also consume foods that contain L-tyrosine. These include: meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beets, leafy greens, nuts, olive oil, peanuts.MovePhysical activity keeps the brain healthy. Sport increases the production of cells, slows aging and improves the supply of nutrients to the brain. It also increases the levels of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine.Listen to musicLooking for a fun way to stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain? Listen to your favourite songs more often. Interestingly, even the anticipation of listening to music may stimulate the release of dopamine.Get enough sleepsleep Deprivation can reduce sensitivity to dopamine in the brain, which leads to excessive drowsiness. A good night’s sleep can regulate the natural rhythms of dopamine in your body.Take a cold shower

“According to a study published in the European journal of applied physiology, the taking a cold shower can increase dopamine levels by 250%. That is why after a cool shower we feel a surge of strength and good mood”, the newspaper writes Health.News.