Just read some fascinating info about my coffee addiction and how it may be related to low dopamine? I used to be able to handle a cup of coffee; nowadays- one day of it makes me happy, and by the second and third day I am an irritable, nasty mess.
I'm not a biochemistry girl, so I am grateful if anybody could tell me...
Does coffee synthetically produce those good feelings that resemble dopamine?
How do I know if I have low dopamine?
How can I raise my dopamine levels so I won't even crave caffeine once I'm off? (One site suggested getting a bunch of protein w/each meal... for amino acids? Something about DLPA, too? Don't know anything about this yet. )
I know some of my drag in the morning is adrenal-related, but wasn't sure if nutrients could help me w/the neurotransmitter stuff to give more energy or at least "comfortable" feelings in the morning... the ones I think I sometimes get from the coffee.
Edited by lissybeth74 - 12/9/10 at 12:44pm