Making Friends with Dopamine Installment #1

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I regularly write and speak about the risk of too much dopamine. It’s the Svengali behind our alcohol, drug, caffeine, nicotine, fat, sugar, gambling, porn, violence, and stress addictions.
 
AND, it’s also a neurochemical we can’t live without. So each time I talk about the potential dangers of what I call,

Fox about to enjoy dopamine from the egg in my hand!

“dopamania”, I try to give a nod to the activities and substances that are healthy sources of dopamine.

 This is the beginning of some postings with tips about how to enjoy all the essential benefits and pleasures of this Jekyll and Hyde drug, made right between our ears, without paying the high price of harmful addictions!
 

Lets’ start with foods – easy to come by and possibly already in your cupboard or refrigerator. Remember, foods don’t actually contain dopamine. but if they the right amino acids, especially tyrosine, our brains kick into gear synthesizing dopamine.                                              

Proteins

Many animal proteins contain the amino acids your brain needs in order to create dopamine, like

                                                              Beef

                                                             Cheese  (including cottage cheese)

                                                             Chicken

                                                             Eggs

                                                             Fish (especially fatty fish, particularly wild-caught fish)

                                                            Turkey

Vegetarian?  No problem.  Coming next . . . dopamine from fruits and   vegetables!

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