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Endorphins are a pain relieving component produced by the brain. Endorphins are usually released during times of strenuous physical exercise such as walking, running, jogging, or playing any active game.  This triggers a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine (hence their name, “endogenous morphine”).  However, unlike with morphine, the activation of these receptors by the body’s endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.

Endorphins are natural hormones stored in the pituitary glands. During times of physical exercise the brain takes these hormones from the pituitary glands and releases them across the body, mainly to the spinal cord. There are instances where people who have been suffering from ligament pain or any other joint pain have felt their pain suddenly vanish during times of physical activity. This is because endorphins act as analgetics, which means they diminish the perception of pain.

In addition to decreased feelings of pain, secretion of endorphins leads to feelings of euphoria, modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancement of the immune response. With high endorphin levels we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress. Since endorphin release is tied with the “reward path” it can be used to combat some unhealthy activities such as overeating, addiction or substance abuse.

Tap into this potential of our brains to increase the endorphin release capacity naturally.

7 Natural Ways to Release Endorphins

How would you like to experience a rush of deep happiness? While feeling like this is usually only thought to be achievable through risky decisions like jumping off a cliff or some nefarious-type action like illegal drugs, it doesn’t have to be that way. Intense love is just one way to feel absolutely amazing, though there are certainly other ways to spark the flow of natural endorphins that pump into your blood stream, creating a euphoria-like state

Here are 7 natural ways to get an endorphin rush without resorting to drastic measures:

Smell vanilla or lavender – While doing this won’t give you the exact same feeling as lying in bed with your significant other all day, it will cause the brain to release some of these feel good chemicals to boost your mood. In fact, vanilla is said to be an  aphrodisiac to men and can promote feelings of love and connection.

Laugh – A little laughter can go a long way to boost those feel-good chemicals in your brain. Studies are showing that even ‘fake’ laughter can alter chemical responses in the brain too. It isn’t the intellectual act of laughter but the physical one that makes those endorphins flow.

Partake of Ginseng – This ancient herb  has even been known to help those with schizophrenia to calm their mental terrors. Take a little ginseng to help boost endorphin release by the brain.

Eat Dark Chocolate – Eating this one food can make your brain’s bliss-creating chemical cocktail go into overdrive. In addition to being an anti-depressant food, dark chocolate is also a natural pain killer.

Participate in Group Fitness – Exercise alone can help you to feel great, but studies are showing that getting physical with a group of people can boost endorphins even more than exercising solo.

Increase your Hot Pepper Use – Spicy foods have been known to release feel-good chemicals. They also naturally reduce the pain response.

Change Your Thoughts – Changing your thoughts doesn’t necessarily change the outcome of a situation, but it can change the way you feel on a day-to-day basis. Thinking positively can actually help to re-create the chemicals your brain most often creates and disseminates to the blood stream. Even science has proven that  the way you think is the cornerstone to happiness and pushing through negative events.

Source: Natural Society



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