4 Feel-Good Chemicals In Your Body…And Ways To Boost Them

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#1: Dopamine — the “pleasure” chemical

How it works

How to boost your dopamine levels

  • Eat foods high in tyrosine like poultry; dairy products like milk, cheese, and yoghurt; avocados; bananas; pumpkin seeds; sesame seeds; and soy products.
  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Body massages
  • Playing with your furry friends
  • Walking in areas with lots of greenery
  • Reading a book

#2: Serotonin — the “happy” chemical

How it works

How to boost your serotonin levels

  • Get 10–15 minutes of sunlight exposure.
  • Exercising helps your brain tryptophan, an amino acid used to make serotonin.
  • Eating foods with tryptophan (like poultry) and complex carbohydrates (vegetables, fruits, whole grains) may help boost your serotonin levels. However, a lot more research is needed to understand the link between eating certain foods and serotonin levels.

#3: Endorphins — the “pain-relief” chemicals

How they work

How to boost your endorphin levels

  • Aerobic exercise, or even walking at a moderate pace, is the one of the most effective ways to get that rush of endorphins.
  • Acupuncture, which involves placing fine needles into specific areas of your skin, can trigger endorphin release.
  • Meditation can help increase your endorphin levels, bringing about a sense of calmness and pain relief.
  • Singing, dancing, or playing an instrument are fun ways to boost your endorphin levels.
  • Laughter is another fun way to ramp up your endorphin levels.
  • Going outdoors helps you get ultraviolet light exposure, triggering the release of beta-endorphins in your skin.

#4: Oxytocin — the “love” chemical

How it works

How to boost your oxytocin levels

  • Give a warm hug to a family member or friend
  • Exercise is effective in raising your oxytocin levels
  • Music can also boost oxytocin release, especially in group settings (like singing in a choir or playing in a band)

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