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Dopamine: Free Gift to pleasure

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Dopamine: Free Gift to pleasure

Overview:

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain. The chemical switches information between neurons. It is the reward after eating, drinking, success, having sex, shopping, or anything you are enjoying about it. Therefore, it contributes to the feeling of pleasure and satisfaction. It promotes motivation, mood, and attention. Moreover, it regulates learning and emotional responses. (1. 2)

Summary:

Dopamine contributes to the feeling of pleasure and satisfaction. It promotes motivation, mood, and attention.

What is the role of dopamine in the human body?

It affects many body functions. These include:

  • Blood flow
  • Heart rate and kidney function
  • Pleasurable reward 
  • Motivation
  • Sexual arousal
  • Digestion
  • Mood and emotions
  • Memory
  • Learning and Focus
  • pain processing
  • Sleep
  • motor control
  • Insulin regulation
  • pleasure and reward-seeking behavior
  • stress response

In addition, it isn’t functioning independently. It functions with other neurotransmitters and hormones, such as serotonin and adrenaline.

Besides, there are environmental and external factors that also impact your physical and psychological well-being. (2. 3)

Summary: 

Dopamine affects many body functions. These include heart rate, kidney, blood flow, and so on.

What is the role of dopamine?

A sufficient amount of it often leads one into a good mood. It helps with planning, learning, and productivity. (2)

It contributes to feelings of:

  • Euphoria and happiness
  • Alertness
  • Motivation
  • Focus

Summary:

Dopamine helps with planning, learning, and productivity.

How do you feel if you have a low dopamine level?

You might feel:

  • Exhausted
  • Unmotivated
  • Unhappy and disappointed
  • A low sex drive

If you’re looking for drugs to boost it, they can cause:

  • Memory loss
  • A low sex drive
  • Sleep problems
  • Concentration problems
  • Mood swings (3)

Summary:

An abnormal increase in dopamine can cause some negative effects.

Dopamine deficiency?

Dopamine deficiency can be a cause of the following:

  • Poor concentration
  • Low motivation and enthusiasm
  • Reduced alertness
  • Poor coordination
  • Movement difficulties (2)

Summary: 

Dopamine deficiency is one of the main causes of bad moods.

Foods that increase dopamine in the body:

These are some of the foods that help increase it in the body. (4. 5)

  1. Dairy products
  2. Strawberries
  3. Poultry
  4. Coffee
  5. Fish
  6. Green leafy vegetables
  7. Green tea
  8. Eggs
  9. Nuts
  10. avocadoes
  11. bananas
  12. pumpkin and sesame seeds
  13. soy

Summary:

There are some foods that boost dopamine.

Low levels of dopamine cause some diseases such as:

  • Restless legs syndrome.
  • ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder 
  • Schizophrenia
  • Parkinson’s disease (3)

High levels of dopamine cause diseases such as:

  • Mania
  • Obesity
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addiction (3)

Risk Factors drugs: 

Taking some drugs that boost dopamine abnormally, can cause the following diseases:

  • Goosebumps
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Headache

Serious side effects include:

  • Chest pain
  • Lightheadedness
  • Cold feeling
  • Fast, slow, or pounding heartbeats
  • Shortness of breath
  • Kidney damage
  • Numbness
  • Blue-colored appearance in your hands or feet. (6)

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