Neuro-Chemistry-Based Lifestyle and Nutrition Habits To Work, Think & Feel Better.

Deep dive into dopamine, epinephrine, acetylcholine, and serotonin.

Charlotte Grysolle
12 min readJun 18


Imagine having the power to influence your brain chemistry for a more focused, creative, and motivated day.

It’s not as far-fetched as you might think.

With the right lifestyle and nutrition habits, you can control your brain’s pre-existing neurochemical pathways by enhancing the neurochemicals you’re already producing.

There are many neurochemicals (more than 100!), but when it comes to your productivity and overall mental health, you’re dealing with a handful of especially potent molecules:

  1. Dopamine
  2. Epinephrine
  3. Acetylcholine
  4. Serotonin

These four molecules are involved in a wide variety of mental states and behaviors, including focus, creativity, motivation, drive, learning, alertness, mood, relationships, and feelings of well-being.

We’ll look at all four of these molecules on three different levels:

  1. Baseline
  2. Directed
  3. Task-oriented

But before we get into the details, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of what these neurochemicals do exactly in our nervous system.

Quick Intro to Your Nervous System and the Role of Neurochemicals

Your brain is one piece of a larger system called the nervous system — a continuous loop of communication between your brain, spinal cord, body, and all the connections between your organs.

The nervous system is made of trillions of nerve cells called neurons.

Neurons communicate with each other through chemicals and electrical signals.

Here’s how this works:

Neurons don’t physically connect.

There’s a space between the neurons called a synapse. These little gaps are what allow neurons to easily form and break connections.



Charlotte Grysolle

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