Healthy Dopamine Highs

Dopamine-ful Food

Protein – provides amino acids, lysine, in particular, that help produce dopamine

Beef

Chicken

Duck

Tofu

Dairy Products

Eggs

Fish

Fruits, Vegetable, and Nuts – also provides amino acids that stimulate dopamine production

Bananas

Avocados

Apples

Celery

Watermelon

Cherries

Pineapple

Honey

Green Tea

Omega-3 fatty acids in seafood have a significant effect on raising dopamine levels.

And yes, Chocolate – Dark chocolate releases pleasure-enhancing endorphins into the brain and also contains phenylethylamine, a stimulant associated with love and sexual attraction.

Dopamine-ful Activities

Exercise

Altruism

Meditation

Humor

Music

Orgasm

Discovery

Learning

Sports – spectator or participant

Success

Developing New Skills

Exciting Reads

Non-Violent Media

Feelings of Love

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

When dopamine is released into our brain it gifts us with the pleasure that guarantees we’ll develop basic survival habits that motivate eating, reproducing, exploring new possibilities, and causing us to get out of harm’s way, or to defend ourselves against danger.

Dopamine feels good, and in healthy doses dopamine is essential to our sustained existence. So what’s not to like about dopamine? Its pleasures, can easily and quickly morph into an addiction. A member of the opioid family, dopamine is capable of hijacking our minds and bodies like its close cousins, cocaine and amphetamines.

When it’s running the show, we’re in trouble, especially since it requires no exchange of money or connections with risky dealers. We’re always making it right between our ears.

In the right amounts we’re set up for successful careers, satisfying relationships and good health. Dopamine out of balance? Lose 10-15 IQ points. We become susceptible to serious health problems, social dysfunction, and financial catastrophe.