Are you finding yourself lacking the ability to stick to your health related goals? Do depressive thoughts such as “what’s the point” seem to take over after a few days of following a diet or plan of some sorts and then you stop? Instead of praising yourself for your accomplishments, after a few days of sticking to your plan you instead start experiencing feelings of worthlessness and discouragement?
Lack of motivation, commitment and discipline are usually what we tell ourselves are the reasons as to why we can’t stick to a specific plan. But what if I told you that while the above reasons may play a role with your inability of following through, an underlying reason may be a lack of dopamine?
Dopamine is associated with the pleasure system in our brain and people with low dopamine experience hopelessness, worthlessness, and self-destructive thoughts. One of the defining characteristics of low dopamine in the brain is lack of motivation.
Some symptoms of low dopamine:
It’s not just about taking dopamine pre cursor supplements or eating dopamine enhancing rich foods. The transport of individual components and the synthesis of these components in the brain, that finally form dopamine, are many.
One key factor for the synthesis of dopamine in the brain is THB. While you don’t need to remember its full name (tetrahydrobiopterin) what IS important to know is that it is a byproduct of folic acid.
Folic acid is a b vitamin found in sources such as leafy greens and liver and since it cannot be produced by our bodies, we must supplement through diet.
This byproduct of folic acid, THB is produced only by healthy gut bacteria in our stomachs.
Healthy gut bacteria occur when we consume a diet rich in fermented foods and probiotics. So while you may be consuming ample amounts of folic acid in your diet and or taking all the additional supplements supporting it, if your gut is lacking in healthy bacteria and THB is NOT being produced, you’re brain lacks the ability to synthesize dopamine. Leaving you struggling with many symptoms, including the inability to follow through on your goals.
This is just one of the many benefits that a diet rich in fermented foods and drinks benefits not only our bodies but our minds too. Another easy way to eat, in a way, to feel your best!