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Baseline Of Dopamine

Baseline Of Dopamine

• The only way to not get hooked to this pleasure-pain cycle is to ensure the time in between each ‘fix’ is long enough for our dopamine levels to drop back to our personal baseline of dopamine release.

• Research has found chocolate increases dopamine above baseline by about 50%, sex is about 100%, nicotine is about 150% and amphetamines is about 1,000%.


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Dopamine Detox

Dopamine Detox

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"A good idea should be like a girl's skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest."

You are probably very aware that the hard activities bring value to your life, and the others just momentary pleasure, so why do you still gravitate towards them? To understand this, we need to look at a neurotransmitter known as dopamine.

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Levels Of Dopamine Increase By Activity

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  • Nicotine (when smoked) - 2.5x baseline
  • Cocaine - 2.5x baseline
  • Amphetamine - 10x baseline
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  • Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that sends signals from one neuron to another.
  • Whatever your drug of choice, chocolate, nicotine, amphetamines, sex, social media, or shopping, dopamine is the final common pathway for all pleasurable, intoxicating and rewarding exper...

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Pain and pleasure are on a balance. Whenever we experience something that feels great (high dopamine level), the body will regulate itself leading to a slightly lower baseline of dopamine (i.e. less drive, joy, motivation, etc). Repeating this process without giving our body time to get back to "...

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