Dopamine: Neurotransmitter support for the brain Comments Off on Dopamine: Neurotransmitter support for the brain 278,235

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that has been connected with pleasure in popular culture. The release of Dopamine is believed to jolt the pleasure centers in the brain and feed the fires of addiction, in addicts and thrill-seekers everywhere. It is connected to the formation of habits and addictions, and it delivers reward when the mind sees it fit. It is directly related to motivation and pleasure. The neurotransmitter has also been associated with mental illness and imbalances because of how much control it has over the mind and body.

Contrary to popular belief, the functions of dopamine extend far beyond fuel for the all-consuming fire that is an addiction.

Dopamine is essential

In a way, it controls our fundamental behaviors, and that can sometimes include the search for water and food. To be perfectly clear, it is the resident feel-good chemical in the body, and it is often deployed when your mind or brain deems your action right. Thus a signal is sent coursing through the body, and that causes the importance of the movement to be understood, and replicating said action takes precedence – that is how dopamine works in a nutshell.

Dopamine is natural

Dopamine comes from the brain, or rather, it is secreted by two areas of the brain. They are the substantia nigra and the ventral tengmental area. The substantia nigra is responsible for the movement of the body while the other has a close tie to the pleasure center of the brain, hence the whole control-over-a-person theory.

Dopamine is the body’s habit development tool, and it rarely ever leads to the development of a compulsive and uncontrollable addiction. If anything, the human factor ultimately dictates our actions, and we are not all doomed to be puppets of our neurotransmitters.

Dopamine is unstable

Believe it or not, you are the primary cause of this imbalance most times. An especially unhealthy diet will often lead to lower dopamine levels. Also, the use of drugs will increase your dopamine levels and lead to some long-term issues.

What to expect when this happens?

Having ridiculously low dopamine levels can cause depression and other seemingly attached side effects like aches and pains, loss of balance, pneumonia, muscle problems and issues, and low energy.

Ridiculously high dopamine levels have been known to induce thrill-seeking ventures like drugs and indiscriminate sexual experiences. It can also lead to some illnesses like Schizophrenia and Psychosis.

Regulate dopamine levels

There are several ways to regulate, and ultimately, control the levels of dopamine in your body system. The majority of them are natural and slow, and others are clinical and more effective. In most cases, both options are used simultaneously to achieve better results, but we think the natural methods are not usually explored before the more clinical approach is considered.


It might seem futile to try to fix chemical imbalances with lofty words, but there are quite a lot of things that words can achieve if given a chance. With therapy, you can recondition a person’s thought process to process information better and resist their darker, or more destructive, impulses.

Often stress leads to substance abuse or impulsive behavior. Teaching the affected individual to handle stress better can significantly impact the outcome of a potential life-altering moment. Usually, there is a mental side to most diseases or ailments, and counseling can fix things that sometimes nutrition and exercise can’t quite correct.

Eating properly and exercising

It might shock you to know that your diet can significantly affect your dopamine levels. Most people think that dopamine only operates with physical actions, and they are partially right. After all, eating is a habit too.

Several foods are rich in tyrosine and these foods boost the production of dopamine in the body, and they can very well help individuals who have very little of it. Foods like dairy, almonds, avocados, bananas, etc are rich in tyrosine, and to those who have too much dopamine pumping through their systems it can be potentially deadly. Reducing intake of these foods may possibly regulate levels and help them gain better control of their actions.

There is a sense of euphoria that comes from finishing a set of physical tasks that you have devoted yourself to accomplish. This feeling can sometimes be addictive, and this is incredibly good because it helps you maintain a healthy body. A healthy body is one of the easiest ways to sustain acceptable chemical levels in the body.


This is sometimes the last resorts for certain specialists. In extreme cases where the imbalance is simply too defined and uncontrollable, specialist resort to administering medication to help temper the imbalances. Although a prescription for dopamine correction is usually associated with severe mental illnesses, this is not the rule of thumb all of the time. There are instances where individuals require some sort of medication to correct a mild disorder within their system.

People with severe imbalances usually suffer from illnesses like psychosis and schizophrenia. They actually need the medication and most times cannot function properly without it- unlike people with mild imbalances. However, pills are not sufficient to treat the mentally ill completely. Most times, they need to be coupled with therapy and a controlled environment.

Dopamine is a complicated neurotransmitter with a somewhat negative reputation amongst certain circles, but what most people fail to remember that without it, we can’t function as human beings. They basically drive us and literally often give us a reason to live. I think that despite their somewhat controversial cons, they are a fundamental part of our physiology that cannot be ignored.

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6 TV Shows We’re Binging During the Coronavirus Comments Off on 6 TV Shows We’re Binging During the Coronavirus 204,758

Due to the coronavirus, we’re not going anywhere for awhile. On the bright side, now that you’re forced to stay home, there’s no guilt in binging TV! Luckily, a few incredible tv shows have been released over the past few weeks to help with the stay at home boredom. Some shows have been out for years, but nonetheless, everyone should watch them. So, here’s the 6 shows we’re binging during the coronavirus. 

For the Jokester  

Everyone who loves a good comedy series should check out Brooklynn 99. The show highlights the interesting and hilarious detectives of Brooklyn’s 99th precinct. It premieres on NBC, but you can binge 7 seasons on Hulu right now.The Good Place is another comedy for every jokester. The four-season show observes Eleanor Shellstrop in the afterlife. She’s shocked she made it to the ‘good place’ and assumes there was a mistake. This comical journey is one you’re not gonna want to miss.

Addicting Docuseries 

Netflix knows how to make a documentary. They’ve produced a variety of docuseries that grasps viewers’ attention. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is the newest one and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. The film follows the life of Joe Exotic and his friends, coworkers, and enemies. The people in this documentary are unbelievable and will have you begging for more. How to Fix a Drug Scandal is another trending Netflix Original docuseries. This true-crime doc explores a possible coverup involving the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. After this series, you’ll question everything you know about the justice system. 

Dark Dramas

While drama isn’t healthy for your personal life, it does make great tv. The Ozark, another Netflix original, just released its third season and it’s perfect for binging. The first episode dives right in as you discover the main character, who is a husband, father, and financial advisor is laundering money for the second-largest cartel in the US. The series tracks him and his family as they fight for their lives by making deals with drug dealers and politicians. Another drama to watch is How to Get Away with Murder. Season 7 is currently airing on ABC, but you can binge prior seasons on Netflix or Hulu. Law professor, Annalise Keating, mentors five students through mysterious court cases that reveal hidden truths. 

With the help of these tv shows, we hope you’ll find some relief in quarantine. During this time of uncertainty, don’t be too hard on yourself to get things done. Sometimes the best thing to do is just relax and binge one of these awesome tv shows!

3 Podcasts We Can’t Get Over Comments Off on 3 Podcasts We Can’t Get Over 201,438

Podcasts are the way of the future. Think radio shows but being able to listen whenever and wherever you want. The best part about podcasts is that there’s a niche for everyone. Whether you’re into finance or the Bachelor, we’ve got you covered on the 3 podcasts we can’t get over. 

Finance is Fun!: The Financial Diet

The Financial Diet is the perfect mix of learning more about finances, different career paths and having fun. Each week Chelsea Fagan interviews a guest with an interesting job position. From Youtubers to publicists, you’re sure to feel like an insider after the episode. Chelsea pressures guests to reveal big financial numbers in their life. For some, it’s how much student debt their in while others discuss how much money they made off one Youtube video. If you’re interested in learning the finances behind different professions, check out this podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts! 

True Crime Crazed: Crime Junkie

If your ideal documentary is on serial killers, then Crime Junkie is the podcast for you. Crime Junkie features two true crime enthusiasts telling stories about the missing, captured, and murdered. Each episode captivates its listeners with a thrilling narration of true-crime from around the world. There are over one hundred episodes to binge, so start listening today! Another true-crime themed podcast that you have to hear is Serial. Serial started the genre of the crime podcasts and is still a true-crime favorite. The hit podcast has three seasons. Each season the hosts investigate a murder case in real-time. With new evidence pilling up each episode, it’ll be hard to pull away from this intense series. 

The Bachelor Nation’s Favorites: The Viall Files

The Bachelor is the show that keeps on giving. Between The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise, ABC produces a season full of love and drama – but mostly drama. Nick Viall, the bachelor in season 21, recaps each episode on his podcast The Viall Files. Bachelor Happy Hour is another amazing podcast where co-hosts and past Bachelor contestants Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrindives dive into each juicy episode. 

Podcasts are great for long car rides, getting ready in the morning, or winding down at night. There are thousands of podcasts to choose from, so you’re sure to find one you like. We hope you’ll love these podcasts just as much as us! 

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