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15 Super Ways Increase Endorphins Naturally
Have you ever heard someone say they had an endorphin rush? You may already know that these are a good thing, but what are endorphins and how do we increase them?
Endorphins – Making You Happier Than Any Happy Pill Can
What if you knew there was a substance that gave you all the benefits of morphine, but had none of the side effects. You would not feel any pain, you would be cool, calm, and collected, and there were even ways you could increase your level of endorphins without suffering from any adverse reactions.
Even though endorphins mimic a prescription of antianxiety pills, your body produces endorphins naturally. Unlike prescribed medicine, endorphins can make you feel wonderful and you won’t need to see your doctor to get a higher dose of these natural chemicals. Check out the following 15 ways that you can raise naturally your level of endorphins while feeling euphoric and on top of the world.
Ginseng has been known to have many health benefits for our everyday lives. It was first found to help people who were exhausted, too stressed, or people who were trying to recover from being ill after a long period of time. Besides helping to equal out stress levels, and work with the organs that let go of the stress, it was found that they also help to increase the amount of endorphins that are emitted by the brain.
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2. Laugh every day
They say that laughter is the best medicine and now there is documented proof. Some people have referred to laughing as “inner jogging,” The process of laughing boosts your immune system, reduces your blood pressure, and drops your stress hormones. In addition, it has been found to produce high levels of endorphins. We do need to pick up the pace a little: kids laugh around 300 times each day, while we only laugh around five times every day.
3. Sniff out some lavender
Everyone has a favorite scent that just makes them feel great. Researchers at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center found that vanilla was the scent participants responded to as they underwent an MRI with a 63 percent decrease in anxiety. Another focus group responded completely to the smell of lavender through the use of essential oils dabbed at their temples and on their wrists. Their feelings of insomnia and depression were greatly improved simply by the aroma of lavender.
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There is no doubt that exercise releases endorphins and helps you feel better instantly. A study in 2009 found that not only did exercise help in this area, they found that a group of college students who were rowing together experienced a major rush in feeling good more than those who rowed on their own.
5. Listen to your favorite tunes
Whether you are able to make music, sing music, or even lip synch to your favorite tune, it has been proven that your brain releases more endorphins when you are enjoying your favorite music whichever way you can.
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6. Have a little chocolate
The powerful benefits of chocolate are two-fold: It gives you an endorphin boost as well as reduces your level of pain giving you plenty of room to really feel high levels of happiness and pleasure. Chocolate contains a substance called phenethylamine which works with enhancing your endorphin levels. The other chemical, theobromine, is what reduces your feelings of pain.
7. Indulge in a little hanky-panky
If you are the type of person who gets too stressed out about having sex, you may want to rethink your approach. Create a romantic atmosphere, play your favorite kind of music, and even enjoy a glass of wine to relax. Having enjoyable sex helps to make you feel secure, loved, and the high level of endorphins that are released give you that feeling good mood enhancers that will leave you euphoric.
8. Spice it up
While many people actually experience discomfort when they eat spicy foods, one doctor stated that “The chemical found in most spicy foods called capsaicin, is effective in boosting endorphins.” If you already enjoy spicy foods, now they will make you feel even better.
9. Enjoy a good drink
Here is another case of a little bit of a good thing is great, but too much of a good thing could be bad. Have a drink and your brain will throw out some endorphins to make you feel good. Party too hard and your brain will cease sending out endorphins and you will also lose your good mood.
10. Eat some nuts
It’s hard to believe that just three nuts each day (Brazil nuts) will provide you with enough selenium which is responsible for boosting your dopamine and sending out endorphins.
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11. Go outside
The more you stay indoors the quicker you will begin to experience cabin fever. Going outdoors gives you your vitamin D which helps the body produce norepinephrine, acetylcholine, and dopamine. You will feel much happier and be able to stay focused longer.
12. Stock up on B vitamins
The right dosage of your B vitamins keeps your central nervous system going and helps your body produce norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. All are neurotransmitters that will keep you feeling happy.
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13. Breathe correctly
When you take the time each day to breathe deeply, it relaxes your body and contributes to your good feelings by sending out endorphins and balancing your nervous system.
If you have ever read a quote and it really meant something to you, then you already know that affirmations really do work. It has been proven that affirmations are able to help increase the number of endorphins your body will produce. Jut a simple thing like reciting a feel-good sentence can bring up your mood instantly.
Acupuncture is one of the proven ways the body releases endorphins when it responds to a needle being inserted at key points in the body. When you complete an acupuncture treatment, you will feel euphoric.