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How To Boost Endorphins

Endorphins are a chemical your body produces to help with stress and pain. Commonly referred to as the “feel-good” chemicals, as they play a crucial role in boosting happiness and relieving your body of pain. 

 

Primarily crafted using pituitary glands and hypothalamus, that create a feeling without cause. For instance, you might feel a “runners high” after a length and vigorous workout session. The high is caused by endorphin levels and can come to light in different situations.

 

The level of endorphins present in the human body depends on the individual. Moreover, people who have lower endorphins levels are more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia or depression. While there is no concrete evidence to support the claim, some research studies have shown some inclination towards the research. 

 

How To Boost Endorphins

Regular Exercise - working out on a daily basis can help you keep your stress levels in check, boost mood - which in return increases endorphins in your system. An excellent choice for those looking to lay off some steam, and keep their mind and body dedicated to their betterment. 

 

Giving To The Community - there is nothing that can match the feeling of bringing a smile to someone's face. Knowing you have helped someone out changes you in more than one way. Naturally, when you take part in various charities, offer personal time, and serving others; helps release endorphins in your system. Bringing you a sense of pleasure that is hard to match by any other.

 

Yoga & Meditation - taking part in yoga and meditation can help you push away negative thoughts and stress, and make space for happiness and soothing notes. In your journey to achieve self peace, you can actually increase endorphins. 

 

Dark Chocolate - research from 2013 proved that consuming dark chocolate can help boost endorphins. The cocoa powder found in chocolate contains flavonoids that can help boost brain function. Look for chocolates that carry at least 70% of cocoa, and you will instantly feel a boost in your mood.

 

Laughing Out Loud - research shows that laughing out loud can help your body release endorphins. Those who laugh more often than others are generally more likely to experience an influx of endorphins. 

 

Spicy Foods - some studies suggest that individuals who enjoy eating spicy food might be able to boost their endorphin levels by eating their favourite dish. Additionally, the spicy components found in hot pepper and related foods can help trigger a painful sensation in your mouth, notifying your brain to release endorphins. 

 

Natural Endorphins Boost

You do not have to run a 5k to experience the soothing and pleasurable effects of endorphins. Your body naturally produces endorphins when you: 

 

  • Create music
  • Create art
  • Dance
  • Enjoy a glass of wine
  • Get acupuncture
  • Watch TV
  • Aromatherapy
  • Get a massage

 

Endorphins help you promote an overall sense of well-being, which enables you to alleviate depression, reduce the impact of anxiety and stress, aids in weight reduction, boost self-esteem, and even helps you numb the pain of childbirth. Imagine what your life will be like when you are wholly pumped up on endorphins, taking on every day as a new beginning. 

 

Yours in self-care,

Adrian Wilk

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