Does your pleasure and reward center need a little L-O-V-E

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Emotions can run amuck from time to time (or from day to day or even moment to moment) but if you're noticing emotions are persistently low or find you are constantly circling the negativity mindset drain, it might be time to consider a little neurotransmitter love.  

Dopamine is the body's neurotransmitter that helps control the pleasure and reward centers of the brain.

Low dopamine can often be attributed to blood sugar imbalance and linked to high levels of stress.

How to support healthy dopamine levels naturally.

If any of the above symptoms have become sever, get to your medical doctor's office to talk it over with him or her. However if you're in a place where you want to do some natural stuff to help out, here are some recommendations.

Handle the Mechanistic Factors

Blood Sugar

Eating three balanced meals per day is HUGE! When we have low blood sugar, our brain literally lacks the tools it needs to usher in the building blocks for dopamine in the brain.

So, if you're skipping breakfast and struggling with the above symptoms, it's time to reestablish a solid foundation honey!  Whip up some eggs, some whole grain toast and avocado or your favorite breakfast shake and give your brain a little happy food!

Stress

If you have an inkling the issues may be stress related, I recommend simple stress management tools like meditating, hitting the pavement for a walk during the day or simply trying to remove yourself from the stressful environment.

You can also start using stress management tools like Lavender Essential oil or The Calming Blend essential oil. Herbs that can also be helpful are Ashwaganda or Rehmannia.

Are Dopamine Boosting Supplements Right for You? There are of course dopamine boosting supplements. However, being more of an advocate for a true holistic (meaning WHOLE) approach, I often saw positive results with my patients once we started to support the lifestyle contributions and mechanistic factors mentioned above.

The thing about dopamine boosting supplements is that they are often synthetic precursors for dopamine synthesis. They can work for a short period of time, but also have the potential to additional imbalances.

My recommendation is to start with re-laying the foundation by optimizing blood sugar habits and handling stress as best you possibly can, and then working with your medical doctor or functional medicine practitioner on any lingering dopamine deficiencies.

Melissa Esguerra