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Ways To Raise Endorphins Naturally
Endorphins are one of the body’s mechanisms for dealing with pain. They are used in order to inhibit the transmission of pain signals to the brain, but they can also produce a euphoric feeling similar to that of opiates. They are the reason that runners experience a “runner’s high” and this overall feeling of ecstasy and well-being can be beneficial for the mind and body. Many of the activities that raise endorphins also allow you to be in the moment and are forms of mindfulness.
However, pain or intense physical exertion, are not the only ways that a person can experience a rush of endorphins. There are a number of other natural methods for raising the endorphin levels in the body. Some of these are:
Anyone who has ever laughed uncontrollably at something has experienced an increase in their endorphin levels. A recent study showed that intense laughter actually increases the body’s threshold for pain and the reason for this is because of the endorphins that are released during a laughing fit. So if you want to experience an increase in your endorphin levels then go to a comedy club or hang out with a funny friend.
- Eat Chocolate
Besides just being enjoyable to eat, chocolate actually has a chemical in it called phenethylamine, which is known to boost endorphin levels in the body. Chocolate also contains theobromine, which has been shown in some studies to increase the pain threshold so that you can experience a higher intensity of pleasure.
Research has shown that the pain caused by being stuck with acupuncture needles actually causes the brain to release endorphins in order to counteract the pain. This release of endorphins produces an overall feeling of well being and is just one of the added benefits of getting acupuncture.
- Having Sex
Having sex is a great way to raise your endorphins levels. Besides this, having sex also releases the chemical oxytocin, which is said to be the love hormone and produces an overall feeling of warmness throughout the body.
Getting a runner’s high doesn’t just apply to running but can be produced by any sort of exercise, if strenuous enough. It has long be known that after a good work out a person usually feels a sense of well being that was not present before hand and part of the reason for this is because of the endorphins that are released during exercise.
- Eat Spicy Foods
This may not be the best way to go about increasing your endorphin levels if you don’t like spicy food, but if you do then go ahead and chomp away at your favorite spicy cuisine. The body responds to the heat given off by the spicy food by releasing endorphins in order to suppress any pain that it will cause. This is why you may sometimes feel a rush after biting into a particularly hot pepper.
- Eat Your Favorite Food
Have you ever gone to a restaurant and eaten an amazing meal and just sat back afterwards feeling that all was right with the world? Part of the reason for this is because when you are eating food that you enjoy your body releases endorphins in order to elevate your mood. So if you need an endorphin boost make reservations at your favorite restaurant and enjoy.
- Play An Instrument
Any musician can tell you about the high they experience when they really get into a song they are playing, especially if they are playing with others. There is a feeling that comes along with just being in sync with your fellow musicians that isn’t really comparable to anything else and this is partially because of the endorphins that are released when you are creating music.
Similar to other forms of exercise yoga releases endorphins in the body so that you can deal with the pain of holding certain poses. Yoga sometimes is made fun of, but holding a yoga pose for 30 seconds is one of the more intense things that a person can do with their body. The pain that it can cause is made palpable and enjoyable because of the endorphins that are released.
- Creating Art
Participating in the creation of art has many known healing effects, one of which is an increased level of endorphins in the body. Besides this, creating art can be a great way to forget about your cares and worries for a moment and be present in the space that you are creating in.
- Use Lavender
This may sound strange but studies have shown that smelling lavender may actually reduce anxiety and produce a feeling of wellness. The research showed that aromatherapy causes the body to release neurotransmitters, and endorphins are among the chemicals being released. They suggest that you spray everything in your house with lavender in order to receive this benefit throughout your day.
Performing any of the above mentioned activities is a great way to boost the endorphin levels in your body. Besides this, a majority of them are just generally enjoyable to do, so it is a win-win situation, where you can do what you love to do and also feel great doing it.
If you have found that lately you have felt lethargic or even a little down, try out one of these activities and see if you don’t start to feel better. Endorphins are one of nature’s ways of helping us to feel better, so do anything you can to try to increase their production in your body. Happy endorphin hunting!
Rose Lockinger is a passionate member of the recovery community. A rebel who found her cause, she uses blogging and social media to raise the awareness about the disease of addiction. She has visited all over North and South America. Single mom to two beautiful children she has learned parenting is without a doubt the most rewarding job in the world. Currently the Outreach Director at Stodzy Internet Marketing.