Highlights

  • Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter in the brain
  • While it is important for the normal functioning of the body, excess dopamine may cause harm
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar, social media, video games, and substance use

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Have you heard of dopamine detox? Experts are suggesting taking the 90-day dopamine detox program to free the mind of all unnecessary dopamine supply. Here is what we know and all the supposed side effects!

Shut the dopamines! Know what dopamine detox is and what it does to our body

Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter in the brain that plays an essential role in various functions like reward, motivation, memory, attention, and regulation of body moments. While dopamine is extremely important for the normal functioning of the body and mind; it causes harm when in excess. And, this is why, 'Dopamine Detox', a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been introduced to help people develop healthy practices. Let's know more about how this will help and what its side effects are.

What is dopamine detox?

Dopamine detox is also called dopamine fasting and involves restricting anything that gives a dopamine push including alcohol, caffeine, sugar, social media, video games, and substance use. Since the release of dopamine causes a 'good feeling' in the brain, sometimes people can be overtly motivated to get their dose of dopamine, making them addicted. However, too much dopamine may make you feel worse in the long run.

How to do dopamine detox?

As a part of this process, you need to refrain from anything that supplies you with extra dopamine. Ditch that cup of coffee, or glass of wine. Stop smoking cigarettes or scrolling social media mindlessly.

While some people detox for a few hours or days, some go through the entire suggested time frame of 90 days. However, it is not possible to completely stop the production of dopamine in the body as it is produced by the brain.

What activities can cause dopamine overload?

Many activities like overeating, social media use, sex addiction, drug addiction, and gambling, may give intense temporary pleasure but are detrimental to your overall health. Dopamine detox can help you improve performance at work, school, and personal life. This process may also help increase productivity.

The idea of the dopamine detox was developed by Dr. Cameron Sepah, who intended to help people manage addictive behaviors.

What are the side effects of dopamine detox?

Absence of your regular dose of dopamine may lead to depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, headaches, irritability, and restlessness.

Disclaimer: Make sure you consult a professional before making any changes to your diet.


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