Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is produced by the brain. It is basically responsible for your response to a certain stimuli. It particularly helps in the regulation of movement and emotional responses. With higher dopamine levels, you would probably feel good. However with lower dopamine level, you may feel lonely and depressed.
There are a lot of ways to raise dopamine levels and these ways are definitely within your control. One of which is your diet. Certain foods such as those that are rich in tyrosine can be your happiness fuel. Foods that are rich in tyrosine include almonds, avocados, low-fat dairy, bananas, and sesame seeds. Another chemical that is found in food and is also related to tyrosine is phenylalanine. It is usually found in fish, meats, dairy, and soy products like tofu. An increase in intake of antioxidant rich foods may help in the production of dopamine. Antioxidants may help in reducing damage to the brain cells that produce dopamine. Foods that are rich in antioxidants include fruits and vegetables, specifically, those that are rich in Beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. Lastly, the best thing you could do is to keep yourself away from junk foods. Junks foods inhibit the production of dopamine. So as much as you would like to drown yourself in these foods when you feel depressed and lonely, you should not. It would make you even more lonely and depressed. Stick to other foods mentioned above.
Sleep is another important factor that raises dopamine production level. Notice that when you get enough sleep, you feel more energized and less irritated. More often than not, when you have had a good night’s sleep, the next morning when you wake up, you will feel refreshed and is ready to face anything in your way, positively.
Exercise is also an important factor to get that elated feeling dopamine brings. Blood calcium is increased when you exercise and this stimulates dopamine production in your brain. Have you ever noticed that most active people are usually happy people? An hour or a half of walking, jogging, or swimming can be enough to lighten up your mood.
Laslty, there are supplements that are available in the market that could help have that energy and mood booster. However, before taking these medications or supplement, you will have to consult your physicians first. Your doctor will tell you the pros and cons of taking these medications and will definitely guide you and help you as well as decide for you if you really need these or not.