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Here's Why Dopamine Is Important; 5 Natural Ways To Increase Its Levels

Dopamine is the feel-good hormone that is important to maintain good health. Dopamine deficiency can cause several health problems, so here are some natural ways to increase its levels.

Written by Arushi Bidhuri | Published : August 11, 2021 1:29 PM IST


Why Is Dopamine Important?

Do you feel less energetic lately? Do you feel drained out? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you probably have low dopamine levels. Dopamine is one of the several neurotransmitters in the brain. It is a feel-good hormone that your brain secretes as a reward for helping you complete your daily tasks. It benefits you in a variety of ways, from providing a sense of fulfilment to assisting you in becoming more productive. While a healthy dose of dopamine can help you stay motivated, boost your cognitive function, and control your bodily movement, low levels of it can also be harmful. But do not worry! Here are some natural ways to boost your dopamine levels.


Load Up On Protein

Ever heard “protein is the building block of the body” – it’s true! So, out of the 23 amino acids in our body, two called tyrosine and phenylalanine plays an important role in the production of dopamine. They are naturally present in protein-rich foods like turkey, beef, eggs, dairy, soy, and legumes. A high intake of these acids may help boost dopamine levels.  Also Read - 10 Foods To Quickly Improve Vitamin D Levels


Sweat It!

The fact that exercise can pretty much help you with all your health woes can’t be stressed enough. Time and again, studies have proved that incorporating some kind of physical exercise in your life can benefit you in the long run. When done on a regular basis, it can improve mood and perhaps raise dopamine levels. To identify exact suggestions for boosting dopamine levels, more study is needed.


Calm And Chill Is The Way

Listening to music can boost your dopamine levels. Another thing you can try to calm yourself down is meditating. However, more research is required to understand the effects of meditation.


Bit Of Sun Exposure

Have you ever heard of winter blues? People tend to feel sad or depressed during the winter season due to lack of sun exposure. This condition is known as a seasonal affective disorder. According to a study published in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, low levels of mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, can be reduced by periods of low solar exposure, but they can be increased by sunlight exposure. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut's Birthday: What Keeps B-Town 'Queen' Fit At 36?