I’m not exactly an advocate for antidepressant drugs. Not with all of its damaging side-effects and serious risks to your health. However, I certainly understand – and endorse – you taking steps to relieve your depression, anxiety, and/or any sleep difficulties you encounter. One healthy approach is to naturally raise the dopamine levels in your brain.
What is Dopamine?
Dopamine is described as a natural hormone in your brain – a hormone that plays an important role in stabilizing mood, emotions, and controlling stress and anxiety, as well as sleep patterns. It also affects the decision-making process and helps curb cravings.
In this way, it’s associated with our ability to experience pleasure; having higher amounts of dopamine also aids our social functioning by helping us feel more relaxed and in control. So raising your dopamine levels is a good thing, and will likely help you feel better.
The good news is that there are many ways to naturally raise your dopamine levels. Let’s explore them. Here are a few ways you can do it:
- Eat more bananas – ripe ones, that its.
Ripe bananas produce dopamine quinine, which is a naturally-occurring type of dopamine. Note that the brown parts of the banana have the highest concentrations.
- Aim to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants.
This is important because free radicals reduce dopamine levels, whereas antioxidants get rid of free radicals. The majority of vegetables and fruits are rich in antioxidants, but there are some that are chock-full of it, such as cranberries, blueberries, artichokes, strawberries, and prunes. Go on, make a fruit salad!
- Try switching to decaffeinated coffee.
Although caffeine temporarily increases the neurotransmitters in the brain, the spike is followed by a sudden drop that can make you feel a lot worse. Also, aim to limit your intake of alcohol to a maximum of one drink per day, since alcohol hinders the proper functioning of dopamine.NOTE: Instead of drinking coffee for energy, there’s a better way for increasing your energy levels naturally…
- Eat more nuts.
Some of the best are raw almonds, sunflower, walnuts and sesame seeds. Sprinkling nuts on salads is a great way to include more nuts in your diet.
- Cut down on sugars and saturated fats.
These foods will not only present issues to your health, like raising the risk of heart attack and obesity, but they also reduce dopamine levels in your bloodstream. Although we’re not saying you can’t enjoy your favorite foods, it’s always helpful to try a few substitutions like using olive oil or brown sugar instead of canola oil and refined sugar.
- Lastly, use supplements that give you a dopamine boost.
One great formula is found in a clinically-proven product called ProVanax®. It contains key ingredients in specific extracted dosages, offering a concentrated dose of the amino acids that are naturally found in a healthy brain.The feedback for ProVanax® has been outstanding and since the product has been around for years, you know it works and it’s safe!
As Gus (a customer of ProVanax) says:
I purchased the product mainly due to its mood-elevating qualities. BUT, surprisingly, in addition to my happier mood, my concentration is so much better. My thought process and memory has really improved a lot over the past couple months of use. I don’t forget little things like my keys, phone numbers, name, etc. as much. I thought I was going insane for a while and actually was a little concerned that maybe I’ll one day get Alzheimer’s. But wow … I feel normal and human again and most importantly, NOT OLD!
Like it does for Gus, natural herbs and amino acids WORK and are suitable for 90% of the population.
But don’t take our word for it – try ProVanax® for yourself!