20 Aug 2013

Feel happier, more energetic and control food cravings – raise your dopamine levels

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 Dopamine plays a significant role in mood and hunger cravings, and directly affects weight gain and loss.

When there is a greater gap between your meals throughout the day, your body will have lower dopamine levels, leading you to overindulge in hunger cravings.

Unfortunately, most of the foods we crave are refined carbohydrates that can lead to unhealthy eating habits and obesity,

Regularly eating healthy foods will ensure stabilized dopamine levels in the body.

To effectively stabilize your dopamine levels, eat foods that contain Tyrosine, which is a precursor to dopamine in your body, and will help prevent peaks and crashes that can cause you to feel tired and even irritated when you don’t satisfy your impulsive hunger cravings.

Tyrosine foods to help maintain dopamine levels

Beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck, fish, herring, eggs, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, yoghurt, milk, almonds, peanuts, hazel nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, soy beans, broad beans, wheat germ, rice, oats,asparagus, avocado, beetroot, capsicum, carrot, mustard greens, algae and chocolate.

Herbs to help maintain dopamine levels.

St. John’s wort, Siberian Ginseng, Korean ginseng and Gingko biloba.

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