Written by Chris Claussen, Co-Founder, Chief Innovation Officer
About the Author: Chris has over 20 years of experience in product and business development. For the past five years he has focused exclusively on innovative product development in the functional foods and medicinal mushrooms space. Chris brings experience exploring, experimenting, and conducting extensive research on the relationship between functional foods/medicinal mushrooms and metabolic, brain, and mental health.
The Link Between Creativity and Brain Health
Human creativity is a fascinating phenomenon that has been studied for centuries. It is defined as the ability to produce new and valuable ideas and is a crucial factor in human evolution, culture, and innovation. While creativity is often seen as a mysterious and unpredictable process, recent advances in neuroscience have shed light on how the brain works during creative thinking and how it relates to human behavior.
While the neuroscience of creativity is still in its early stages, recent research has shed light on some of the brain mechanisms that underlie creative thinking. For example, studies have shown that certain brain regions, such as the frontal lobes, the default mode network, and the prefrontal cortex, are more active during creative thinking tasks compared to non-creative tasks. Other studies have shown that creativity is associated with changes in brain connectivity and neurotransmitter levels, such as dopamine, which plays a crucial role in motivation, reward, and attention.
How Dopamine Increases Creativity
Our levels of dopamine are the key that unlocks our creativity. Research has revealed a direct correlation between higher concentrations, allowing for more creative expression, compared to lower amounts which can lead to decreased motivation and less imaginative thinking. If dopamine isn't at an optimum level within us, then it may be difficult or even impossible for us to generate new ideas!
We formulated Sunbeam specifically to help the body increase dopamine production, naturally.* To enhance creativity, in addition to Sunbeam, it is crucial to maintain a healthy brain by engaging in activities that boost dopamine levels, such as exercise, healthy diet, and pleasurable activities. By taking care of our brain and neurotransmitter levels, we can unleash our full creative potential and enjoy a fulfilling and satisfying life.