Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with the brain’s reward system. Low levels of dopamine in the body can affect cognitive function, memory, motivation, and mood. If you are struggling with depression and low mood, increasing your dopamine levels can make a big difference.
Take it from Dr. Bikash Chowdhury, a specialist in family medicine known for his commitment to his patients’ health and overall well-being. Below, Dr. Chowdhury explains how making these five simple changes to your diet can boost dopamine production and bring relief from depression.
1. Eat Plenty of Protein
Protein contains amino acids called tyrosine and phenylalanine, both of which can be used by the body to boost dopamine production. Diets low in protein have been linked to an increase in the risk of depression and other mental health problems. Protein-rich foods, including chicken, turkey, beef, eggs, low-fat dairy products, and legumes are all great for increasing dopamine production. …