Be the Boss of Your Brain. What balances your blood sugar balances your brain chemistry. Our three brain chemicals that produce happy, relaxed feelings and resilience to stress are Serotonin, Beta-endorphis and Dopamine.
What is Dopamine?
- Dopamine is an excretory neurotransmitter in the brain that produces feelings of pleasure, alter ness, concentration, euphoria, and motivation. The amino acid tyrosine synthesises dopamine in the brain.
Reasons Why We Crave Refined Sugar to Increase Our Dopamine Levels
Sugar, or a sweet taste on the tongue, will increase the release of opiates in the brain and this releases dopamine. The release of dopamine creates good feelings such as pleasure, alertness and euphoria that feel like a reward.
Ways to Increase Dopamine
- Eating tyrosine rich foods stimulates dopamine production. Enjoy almonds, avocados, banana, lima beans, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.
- Vitamin A and D work together to support the production of dopamine. High quality fermented cod liver oil delivers the perfect blend.
- A little sweet treat (free of refined sugar) goes a long way! Just a taste of sweetness on your tongue stimulates the release of opiates in the brain which increase dopamine.