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Ways to increase dopamine levels to boost brain productivity

Dopamine is involved in different functions including motivation, movement, reward and even addiction. Increased dopamine levels help people to stay focused and productive.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter generated by the brain which produces enough energy to run the body. It regulates the flow of information through the brain, stimulates the heart, controls movement and allows humans to experience feelings of pleasure and passion, the Health News Stand website writes.

If you are experiencing sugar and caffeine cravings, insomnia, low libido and if you cannot handle stress, focus or concentrate, have low mental energy and fell depressed, bored or apathetic, you may have dopamine deficiency.

Natural News has concocted a list of ways to increase dopamine levels to boost brain productivity:

Detoxification
People accumulate toxins and bacteria, which is why cleansing the gut of endotoxins is a must. Endotoxins constraint the production of dopamine, but there are a few ways to make sure this does not happen: get enough sleep, eat fermented goods and resist the urge to indulge in sugary foods.

Listen to music
Several studies have shown that the brain releases dopamine when people listen to music they really enjoy. Even the anticipation of hearing music you enjoy is enough to increase dopamine levels.

Meditation
Praying, meditating and even exercising self-reflection are linked to increased dopamine levels. In this scenario, doing nothing is not only permitted, but also preferred.

Green tea
Green tea has a plethora of benefits, including the fact that it increases dopamine levels. It contains polyphenols, micronutrients which improve brain and heart function.

Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo can increase dopamine levels while boosting oxygen flow and blood flow to the brain, thus promoting healthy transmission of nerve impulses.

Curcumin
Curcumin [one of the active ingredients in turmeric] can effortlessly cross the blood-brain barrier and increase dopamine levels. Studies have shown that curcumin inhibits memory loss.

Certain foods
Certain foods have the ability to increase dopamine levels. Here is a list of products that boost brain production as a result of increased dopamine levels: meat, fish, tofu, eggs, cottage cheese, yoghurt, avocado, bananas, seeds, spinach and legumes.

Certain studies show that aerobic exercise for 30 minutes will not increase synaptic concentrations of dopamine in the human brain, but most research indicates that physical exercise may actually boost levels of dopamine in certain regions.

Australian National Review

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