The word endorphin comes from the words “endogenous,” meaning from within the body, and “morphine,” which is an opiate pain reliever. Hence, endorphins were so named because they are natural pain relievers. These neurochemicals released by your body can give you a natural ‘high’.
They are a peptide and produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland. Since endorphins act on the opiate receptors in our brains, they reduce pain and boost pleasure, resulting in a feeling of well-being. Endorphins are released in response to pain or stress, but they’re also released during other activities, like laughing, eating, exercise, or sex.
They are included in the group of what have been termed, ‘happy hormones’.
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Endorphins also surge during pregnancy and they minimize discomfort and pain and maximize pleasure. Theyhave been shown to also help reinforce social attachments.
Five benefits of endorphins …
- They reduce stress and anxiety
- They regulate appetite and support weight reduction
- They help women deal with pain during childbirth
- They help in alleviating depression
- They boost your self esteem
Seven Symptoms of endorphin deficiency …
- Aches and pains
- Trouble sleeping
- Impulsive behaviour
Many of life’s pleasurable activities can naturally boost the levels of endorphins in your brain. Simply have a diet that includes … your favourite exercise, laugh a lot, get a massage, take a sauna, have sex, eat dark chocolate, eat something spicy, have a glass of wine, meditate, volunteer, dance, enjoy your favourite food, watch drama movies, get acupuncture, use aromatherapy, get chiropractic.
These neuropeptides have many positive effects, so it’s no wonder we crave the after effects of an endorphin ‘high’.
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