6 Ways To Boost Endorphins Naturally
Trust me when I say that we ALL need endorphins, with no exception.These feel-good neurotransmitters are produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland, and the word is actually a combination of 2 words – endo (secreted within the body) and morphine (because of its similarity to the drug). The key role of endorphins is to make you feel good at the times when it may seem the most difficult. Endorphins essentially block the transmission of pain signals, and produce a feeling of euphoria (a rush, as some people call it), much like opioids are known to do. People tend to believe that a bucketload of work must be done for a few drops of endorphins to be released in your body. But, that’s not true. Thankfully, there are easy ways to release endorphins in the body naturally. But first, let’s get the basics right.
Types of endorphins
As far as we know today, there are 4 types of endorphins: alpha, beta, gamma, and sigma.
The most common and powerful form of endorphins, out of these, is beta endorphins. It is produced in the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. In situations of pain, a host of beta endorphins are produced by the pituitary gland to counter pain and encourage a feeling of well-being. Most analgesics, commonly called painkillers, also work by copying the same effect on the brain.
Low endorphin symptoms
In the past, low endorphin levels have been linked to depression, hypersensitivity, anxiety, moodiness, insomnia, and low immunity. Scientists admit that there is much more to be studied about endorphins, but one thing is for sure:
You. Need. Endorphins.
For a healthy body, mind, and everything else!
Now, let’s get to the part where I tell you about the best ways to boost the levels of endorphins in your body. Here’s how you can get an endorphin boost naturally:
- Exercise – Exercise of any kind strains your system (albeit in a good way), which leads to the release of endorphins, because that’s just what they do – help in coping. But remember, no 2 bodies are alike, and what may give your friend a rush, may not necessarily be enough for you. Monitor yourself the next time you exercise, and check for happy feelings on a scale of 1 to 10. In some time, you will know exactly how much to work out for that high. Oh, I almost forgot, sex can be counted as exercise too, and yes, it does wonders for your endorphin levels as well! There is no such thing as the best exercise to release endorphins. Different things work for different people, so don’t be afraid of trying new exercises till you feel that happy tingle. Bonus: Click here to know the top 5 ways to get that endorphin boost without having to step out this summer.
- Giggles – Yes, laughing, guffawing, chuckling, chortling, and cackling will make you feel even better! I call it ‘tummy jogging’. What’s more, laughing also helps lower blood pressure, boosts immunity, relieves stress, and promotes a general sense of well-being. If you don’t believe me, read this.
- Creativity – Listening to music sure does make you happy, but composing something will do so even more! You don’t have to be a classical musician, because you see, endorphins don’t really discriminate. Sing karaoke, tap your feet, or dance away – do something creative, and be rewarded.
- Hot peppers – Even if you love spicy food, your body still perceives the spice as heat, and responds in the way it would to pain – by releasing endorphins. But make sure you don’t overdo it.
- Chocolate – I’m sure this point made you very happy. Unwrap, bite, endorphins, repeat. Plus, if you’re pairing it with the other things on this list, like exercising, you have all the more reason to be proud of your indulgence. Here is a healthy yet delectable recipe.
- Aromatherapy – Certain scents are known to have very calming effects on the mind and the body, due to their endorphin-boosting effects. Vanilla and lavender for example, have been seen to help anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Add a drop or 2 of vanilla/lavender essential oil to your tea while it’s brewing, add it to your bath water, or light a few scented candles, and melt away into the good feelings. Try these 5-minute routines to re-energise your body and mind. You can thank me later.