You and I know that we can’t always control what happens in our lives, but we can control how we respond to them. What happens however when you are having a bad week? Is there something else going on that we need to know?Well science might have an answer.
How does this intricate network operate?
Why Does it Matter?
Dopamine, fuel for enthusiasm and motivation
- The brain uses dopamine to stimulate arousal, alertness, awareness and our competitive spirit (a form of mild aggression).
- Dopamine is also essential for coordinated muscle movement.
- Dopamine is the neurotransmitter needed for healthy assertiveness and sexual arousal, proper immune and autonomic nervous system function.
- Dopamine is important for motivation and a sense of readiness to meet life’s challenges.
- One of the most vulnerable key neurotransmitters, dopamine levels are depleted by stress or poor sleep. Alcohol, caffeine, and sugar also seem to diminish dopamine activity in the brain.
- It’s easily oxidized, therefore we need to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables whose antioxidants help protect dopamine-using neurons from free radical damage.
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Serotonin, reclaiming your calm
- Serotonin plays an important role in regulating memory, learning, and blood pressure, as well as appetite and body temperature.
- Low serotonin levels produce insomnia and depression, aggressive behavior, increased sensitivity to pain, and is associated with obsessive-compulsive eating disorders.
- This neurotransmitter also helps the brain focus, heightening your concentration levels.
- Low levels of serotonin can create anxiety, a feeling of insecurity, anger, fear, depression, and can even induce suicidal thoughts.
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© Sam Adkins 2011
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