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Cravings and Dopamine! How are they related to each other.

Shobith K Menon
Shobith K Menon
Do you have high cravings for certain food? Is dopamine related to it ? 

🍕 Cravings is an emotional state driven by a desire to eat certain type of food based on the person’s choice.

🍕 Cravings can come out anytime and make you feel miserable sometimes.Cravings isn’t the actual problem .The problem actually starts when you start to binge eat them .

🍕 Cravings can also be triggered like lets say smelling a biriyani or walk passing by your favourite ice cream shop.These triggers are also known as cues.

🍕 Cravings Is all about to satisfy your brain’s need for dopamine. 

🍕 When you start getting cravings for certain food its difficult to think about something else unless you get it.

🍕 Its absolutely fine to get cravings however the problem starts when craving controls you and your mood.

How cravings slowly turn into binge eating ?

🍕When you fulfil your cravings your brain gets a reward with release of dopamine (Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, one of those chemicals that is responsible for transmitting signals between the nerve cells (neurons) of the brain. Also known as happy hormone ) which makes you feel better and happy.

🍕These repeated cycle of reward and cravings makes the connection stronger over time and it ultimately takes over our mind.

🍕A few years back you might need a slice of pizza to satisfy your craving but now it has become 4 slices due to this repeated cycle. Can you relate this ?

Share what you crave for in the comment section and how do you overcome it .

Will be back by a post on how to manage your cravings and how you can include it in your daily lifestyle.

Thanks for reading  🙏🏼

References : 

Examine.com

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6042864/