D.O.S.E - How to Get Your Daily Dose of Happiness
We have hormones that regulate our menstrual cycle, our metabolism, our weight, our sleep, our energy..but did you know that we also have hormones that regulate our mood and emotions?
These hormones are also called neurotransmitters because they occur in the brain and CNA while communicating directly with our body via neurons.
𝐃𝐨𝐩𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐞: This is responsible for keeping us alive and alert. Its known as the "Motivational Molecule". Its what keeps you coming back for more.
**This is the active neurotransmitter that is seen in many addictive behaviors.
𝐎𝐱𝐲𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐧: Promotes bonding and trust. Its also responsible for stimulating contractions during birth.
It can be produced in response touch, eye contact, and in times of stress in order to counterbalance cortisol.
𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐧: This is our "feel good" hormone and is largely produced in the gut!
It is essential for mood, digestion, sleep, circadian rhythm, and cognitive function.
**If your digestion is off, most likely one or more of these other areas is off too.
Foods high in Tryptophan have been shown to help support and produce serotonin.
Ex. Sunflower seeds, potatoes, eggs, oats, chickpeas, turkey, salmon.
𝐄𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐬: The bodys' natural pain-killer. It inhibits the transmission of pain signals in the CNS. They also produce that "euphoric" effect or "runners high”.
Dopamine and Endorphins go hand in hand with each other, when endorphins bind to the CNS, dopamine is also released.
Nutrition, Training, Stress, Self-Care, and Mindset all take part in optimizing our happy hormones.
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