As a busy mom of 2 children, I had become no stranger to feeling run-down, fatigued, unfocused and moody. My days were often filled with caffeine, alcohol (did someone say wine?!), and hours spent wondering how my weight had gone from ‘just had a baby’ to ‘crying in the fitting room’.
And sex? Forget about it. The only pleasure I craved was that of a good night’s sleep.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because as a new mom I know it’s easy to think that fatigue, weight gain, inability to focus, moodiness and sometimes just plain unhappiness come with the territory. I thought so too.
But then a friend introduced me to the possibility that my dopamine levels might actually be low.
Hearing these words made me start feverishly researching dopamine and all its interesting characteristics; some enticing, like pleasure and reward, and some frightening… like addiction.
Either way, I learned that a dopamine deficiency could definitely be playing a part in my issues. Being the health enthusiast I am, I was pleased to discover there are ways to increase dopamine naturally.
What is Dopamine?
Dopamine is a highly regarded chemical in the brain that is often spoken of in reference to pleasure and addiction. Dopamine is involved in those feelings of love, lust or addictive behaviors such as alcoholism or gambling.