Neurotransmitters and particularly dopamine are important if you have ADHD.

A neuron is a nerve cell located in the brain.  Information is passed from one neuron to another via a junction (called a synapse) in either chemical or electrical forms. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that transport information between neurons.

The brain has hundreds of different neurotransmitters and they are responsible for everything from sleep, heart rate to fear and anxiety, to mood and temperature.  Some of the ADHD neurotransmitters that are often talked about are dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and serotonin.

There is a body of researchers who are interested in brain chemistry and how neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine, (which are responsible for attention and activity) operate differently in an ADHDer compared to a non ADHDer.

In the brains of people with ADHD dopamine levels are different to the rest of the population. For example, they might be lower than expected, or there is a problem with the levels of the protein (called DAT) that carries dopamine between locations or the actions of dopamine are less effective in some areas of the brain.

Prescribed medications like Ritalin and Adderall work by blocking dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake so there is more of the neurotransmitter in the synapse.  Adderall also causes more neurotransmitters to be produced.

There are things you can do to help your brain chemistry naturally and increase your levels of dopamine:

1) Exercise
When you exercise your brain produces more dopamine.  Find an exercise you love and do it every day.

2) Take Omega 3
Omega 3 increases your levels of dopamine.  Take a supplement as well as including more Omega 3   rich foods in your diet.

When you meditate you also increase your dopamine levels.  Check out my blog for more details on how to do meditate.

4) Vitamin C
Include lots of Vitamin C in your diet.  Vitamin C is very helpful in ensuring the dopamine synapses  is working well.

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