Caffeine is very well documented to increase the brain's production of dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is associated with positive mooed and well being. Caffeine is also very well known to increase serotonin which is a brain neurotransmitter that is associated with being serene.
Chocolate is another food that increases serotonin which contains elements of phenylethylamine which stimulates the brain cells to produce dopamine. There is also another chemical in chocolate that is called tyramine which comes from the amino acid tyrosine and this as well stimulates the brain to produce dopamine.
One thing I do to enhance my mood is to make a cup of black tea mixed with dark chocolate. This enhances my mood like nothing else!
The Recipe is as below:
- Blend water with dark chocolate. I either use 85% Chocolate bar or I use raw cocoa beans. Chocolate bars are highly processed and it is so much healthier to eat the raw cocoa bean instead. If I don't have beans I use Green Black's Organic 85% chocolate bar and I use about 30 grams of this. If I use beans I use about a handful. I use vitamix to blend them all together. I also add a tea spoon of coconut oil to make sure antioxidants that are fat soluble can be digested well.
- Then I steep black tea in a separate cup.
- Then I mix it all together in a large. You want to make sure your water is not too hot so it does not don't destroy enzymes in the cocoa beans.
This is an amazing drink that will energize your body and mind. It will make you feel like you are on cloud nine. Feel free to add the sweetener of your choice.