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Dopamine and the Pleasure Pathway

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/dopamine

The article above really got me thinking about how I talk to my patients about how to achieve optimal well-being

Dopamine pathways are at the heart of pleasure pathways. These are activated from a range of stimuli At one end of spectrum are positive things such as uplifting music to the tragic, all-to-common drug addictions

Unfortunately, in the United States, our food industry has figured this out as well. They have created hyper palatable foods that create a dopamine surge that is able to overwhelm our natural satiety centers, leaving us obese and moody

Food can be Medicine. If you eat mostly vegetables and whole grains and fruits, you will have a more consistent sense of well-being being and be less likely to crave detrimental things like sugary sodas or even illegal drugs

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