How to naturally influence dopamine levels?


To naturally influence dopamine levels, recommends several strategies:

  1. Morning Sunlight Exposure: Exposure to sunlight early in the day can increase cortisol and dopamine levels, leading to enhanced mood and alertness throughout the day 1.

  2. Regular Exercise: Engaging in regular movement, including a mix of cardiovascular and resistance training, helps maintain and elevate baseline dopamine levels 1.

  3. Cold Water Exposure: Immersion in cold water up to your neck has been shown to elevate baseline dopamine levels for several hours 2.

  4. Nutrition: Consuming sufficient amounts of B vitamins, especially B6, reduces prolactin levels, which in turn supports dopamine levels. Additionally, eating tyrosine-rich foods (found in certain cheeses, meats, and nuts) can support dopamine synthesis 3 4.

    Boosting Dopamine Naturally

    Andrew explains the fundamentals of maintaining elevated levels of baseline dopamine through sleep, morning sunlight exposure, and regular exercise. He also discusses the variation in baseline levels of dopamine and how engaging in these foundational activities can help everyone achieve an optimal level.

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  5. Avoiding Bright Light at Night: Avoiding exposure to bright light from 10 PM to 4 AM helps maintain dopamine levels as it avoids disrupting important neurochemical processes in the brain 3.

These methods are effective, behavioral-based approaches that can naturally enhance and maintain healthy dopamine levels.