What the heck is dopamine fasting?

The idea of fasting in any way is totally unappealing to me. So…you’re going to drink only juice, and it’s not even the good kind of juice, it got spinach in it….and you’re not doing this to lose weight?

Fasting is defined as the willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time.

The Moody Mom definition: You’re giving something up, something important, in an act of self discipline, in order to achieve something that will be beneficial to you in a significant way, be it nutritional, religious, medical or spiritual.

Dopamine is a brain chemical which produces positive feelings like joy, happiness, elation, satisfaction. Why in the world would you want to give that up?

You can read what a dopamine fast entails here. Basically, you refrain from anything that produces dopamine. No electronics, no sex, no talking to others, no food… for 24 hours. I wouldn’t last 10 minutes!

So why do this? Some say that people living in modern society today are addicted to dopamine. And by doing the fast, you can regain mental clarity. You can “hit the reset button” on your brain. People who’ve done it claim that it made such a significant positive impact, it may have even cured them from a mental illness.

Would you do it? Could you go 24 hours without dopamine?

5 thoughts on “What the heck is dopamine fasting?

    1. It does seem a little “new agey” to me. I know more about fasting from the Protestant Christian point of view. And I understand that. You are being obedient, respecting Christ who wandered alone in the forest for 40 days (fasting). So by commemorating this you please God and enter into a closer relationship with him.

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    2. I wanted to add: my post idea came from a Quora post that said dopamine fasting wouldn’t be beneficial. That lead me to an article saying the opposite. I’ve never done it.

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      1. Yeah that’s totally ok. My issue isn’t at all with you, it’s with people that come up with these types of things and claim that it’s based in science when it’s not.


        1. Agree. It’s interesting to note that a large percentage (don’t know an exact statistic) of psychiatry is based on theories, observations, trial and error. So it’s not exactly science. There’s no blood test for mood disorders. Scientists still don’t know what causes most mental illness, or even how the medications work. When I first started getting treatment I was shocked at how casual the dr was about meds. I’d mention one I heard about on TV and he’d say “you’d like to try that? Sure!”

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