Many people associate certain comfort foods for when they are upset, tired, depressed, etc. and most of the time these foods are not actually what the body needs. We are learning ways to use all natural organic foods to heal the body as a whole and look forward to sharing with you what we learn along the way with articles that support the whole body.
Dopamine controls your metabolism. So what is dopamine? Dopamine regulates activity in the frontal lobe of the brain an area of the brain that governs communication, motivation and the ability to experience pleasure. Deficits of this chemical have been linked to psychological symptoms like social anxiety, self-criticism, procrastination or difficulty maintaining relationships. Low dopamine levels can cause depression, loss of motor control, loss of satisfaction, addictions, cravings, compulsions, low sex drive, poor attention and focus. When dopamine levels are elevated symptoms may manifest in the form of anxiety, paranoia, or hyperactivity.
Here are some natural foods that will help regulate your dopamine levels in your brain: almonds, avocados, bananas, dairy products, lima beans, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds. Dopamine is easily oxidized. Foods that are rich in antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables may help protect dopamine-using neurons from free radical damage. Foods to avoid that decrease your dopamine level are sugar, caffeine, alcohol and saturated fats. Avoid stress, get plenty of rest and make sure you are eating healthy. All these factors will help keep your dopamine levels balanced and improve your health.