“Each of our cells is a living entity, and the main thing that influences them is our blood. If I open my eyes in the morning and my beautiful partner is in front of me, my perception causes a release of oxytocin, dopamine, growth hormones – all of which encourage the growth and health of my cells. But if I see a saber tooth tiger, I’m going to release stress hormones which change the cells to a protection mode. People need to realize that their thoughts are more primary than their genes, because the environment, which is influenced by our thoughts, controls the genes.”
~ Bruce H. Lipton
Dopamine is essentially a neurotransmitter that sends signals between nerve cells or neurons. It regulates a number of things such as: movement, memory, emotional response, pleasure/reward, cognition and behavior, attention, sleep, mood, pain processing and learning.
Dopamine allows us to not just feel blissful and joyful but feel motivated to act on our desires. Known as the ‘motivation molecule’ it helps keep up the intense focus that’s needed to complete tasks. Our neurochemicals are naturally self-sustaining but the majority of people today live a stressful lifestyle, and high levels of stress is one of the greatest causes for dopamine depletion.
Here are some ways to increase dopamine levels, naturally!