Did you know that your brain is teeming with dopamine? Or that your body produces its very own supply of the stuff? You probably know that dopamine is associated with feelings of pleasure and satisfaction, and you’d be right. But did you know that it is also responsible for your body’s ability to go into a state known as “detox”? This makes sense, right? Your body needs to periodically rid itself of anything that is no longer of benefit. Otherwise, it would continue to pull toxins from the rest of your system and store them away, only to have to deal with the issue again later. As it is now, your body gets rid of what it no longer needs and no longer has access to.
When we do something that gives us pleasure, we tend to do it over and over again. And that causes a high dopamine release. An example could be playing online games. using social media, smoking cigarettes, watching television, or even consuming alcohol. It is very difficult to get rid of any such habit that we have formed as it gives us pleasure. Although this pleasure may be temporary, we need to keep ourselves away from the triggers to detox.
For instance, if you are a smoker, you can avoid the company of smokers completely and get to do some other activity. You can join the gym or do yoga classes. Participate in sports. To keep the mind occupied, keep some substitutes on hand, such as chewing gummies or candies. Keep yourself hydrated at all times.
If you are addicted to alcohol, similar things will work. If you are hooked on social media or just using your mobile phone all the time, that can be overcome by keeping the gadget away from you. Included in meeting friends and learning some skills like swimming, singing, playing the guitar, piano, etc.
Keep some books close to where you are so you can read them. Keep wi-fi off as much as possible.
Try to take a walk in nature. Talk to friends about healthy habits.
Eat foods high in B vitamins.
- Whole grains (brown rice, barley, millet)
- Meat (red meat, poultry, fish)
- Eggs and dairy products (milk, cheese)
- Legumes (beans, lentils)
- Seeds and nuts (sunflower seeds, almonds)
- Dark, leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach, kai lan)
- Fruits (citrus fruits, avocados, bananas)
How to quit caffeine
What are some tips for quitting caffeine? Cut down slowly on the amount of caffeine in your diet. Don’t make the mistake of stopping totally. You’ll likely experience withdrawal symptoms and go back to drinking coffee or soda or taking a headache medication with caffeine in it to make the symptoms disappear.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Increase bright light exposure during the day…
- Reduce blue light exposure in the evening…
- Don’t consume caffeine late in the day….
- Reduce irregular or long daytime naps.
- Try to sleep and wake at consistent times.
- Take a melatonin supplement…
- Consider these other supplements:
Exercise helps people keep a healthy weight and lowers their risk of some diseases. Exercising regularly can help prevent weight gain, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Bone-strengthening exercises like jumping, running, or lifting weights can help keep bones strong.
Limit processed foods and eliminate sugar.
Eating a lot of refined, added sugar can lead to headaches, low energy levels, and inflammation. Cutting sugar out of your diet will likely decrease inflammation, boost your energy levels, and improve your ability to focus.
Add Fresh Foods to Your Diet.
Add fruits such as apples, strawberries, watermelon, grapes, or tangerines to your salad. Top your oatmeal, cereal, or yogurt with berries, bananas, or plums. Wash and chop veggies, toss them with olive oil and herbs, and place them in a container in your refrigerator for easy access.
Try an essential oil
The advantages of essential oils
- Boost mood.
- Improved job performance through reduced stress and increased attentiveness.
- Improve sleep.
- It kills bacteria, funguses, and viruses.
- It reduces anxiety and pain.
- Reduce inflammation.
- Reduce nausea.
- Relieve headaches.
Get a Little Sunlight
Regular sun exposure is the most natural way to get enough vitamin D. To maintain healthy blood levels, aim to get 10–30 minutes of midday sunlight several times per week. People with darker skin may need a little more than this. Your exposure time should depend on how sensitive your skin is to sunlight.
These steps will help you detox from dopamine. Above all, we also need to stay away from places, things, or people that trigger these situations for us. Remember, tomorrow never comes. Whatever has to be done is today and now.