Category: Health Yourself Written by Alue K. Loskotová Views: 1320
Did you know that chronic stress, anger, depression, and low vibration can reduce your life expectancy and hinder your body's regenerative abilities? One of the surest ways to help your body thrive during life's ups and downs is to use a built-in healing system. This is the central nervous system and endorphins.
Many people reach for food, alcohol, drugs, or other addictive substances to manage stress, which can suppress their unpleasant emotions in the short term. However, we should work with our own body and create a healthy lifestyle that is guaranteed to boost endorphin production. Today, you will learn how you can help your body produce more of this natural "joy drug" to be at the peak of your strength.
Endorphins are produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland. The body produces at least 20 different species, each with many different benefits.
- It works similarly to natural morphine (they bring pain relief)
- They help you manage persistent pain
- They help you get rid of addiction
- They strengthen the immune system
- They reduce stress and frustration
- They regulate growth and sex hormones
- They delay the aging process
- Improve relationships and bonds (along with oxytocin)
- They are 18 to 500 times stronger than any synthetic painkiller!
When we feel "at the bottom", it is easy to throw a shotgun into rye and reach for food or other substances that will help dull our minds, or at least feel better for a short time. Instead, use these alternative tools to use your natural hormonal system, so when you feel depressed, you can reach for something healthier that will improve your mood and bring long-term benefits.
14 ways to increase endorphin production
1. Continuous exercise for a long time
Exercise is one of the fastest and most powerful ways to increase endorphin production in the body! Go out and stretch your body. Spread the blood in your veins and watch your life change for the better. Studies have shown that during uninterrupted exercises such as running, cycling, skiing, swimming and aerobics, the body produces the most endorphins. However, any form of exercise will naturally help you increase your production of happiness hormones, so find the activity that suits you best and do it every day!
2. Physical touch
We humans need to feel physically safe when something hurts. Hugs, hand on shoulder, holding hands… All of these things help us increase endorphin production. You may not like hugging, but when you feel "at the bottom", let your friend or partner hug you, instead of reaching for food or alcohol right away. Endorphins help us "numb" the pain that comes from our emotions or physical discomfort in the body. Being close to someone you trust can greatly improve your mood and ease the pain after a hard day at work.
3. Making love
Did you know that endorphin levels can increase by up to 200% during sexual intercourse? It is thanks to the hormones of happiness that a blissful feeling of love floods us. In a ten-year study involving 3,500 people, a neuropsychologist named Dr. David Weeks found that couples who make love 4 to 5 times a week look 10 years younger or even more than the average person who only does it twice a week. And 10 years is quite a significant difference! However, he also found that promiscuity did not have the same effects as lovemaking, and was more likely to support rather than reduce the aging process.
I'm sure you've been waiting for this! Chocolate is one of the most popular foods that supports the production of endorphins. The Greeks call it "food of the gods." The truth is that it has similar calming effects on the brain as marijuana. However, watch out for chocolate sweets, which contain a lot of other "ingredients" in addition to real chocolate. A piece of dark chocolate a day is said to prevent mood swings.
5. Chili peppers The
natural spiciness of chili peppers increases the production of endorphins in the body. That's why some people become addicted to spicy foods. Chili peppers also help strengthen the immune system and can literally burn infections and viruses in your body.
6. Ginseng Ginseng
has been shown to balance stress hormones and increase endorphin production. And what else is great about it? It is said to help delay fatigue very effectively.
Researchers have found that regular meditation can help the body produce endorphins. Those of you who meditate regularly will certainly agree that meditation brings feelings of peace and relaxation. Chi kung, or meditation in motion, is becoming increasingly popular. It is an excellent way to stimulate endorphin production.
This is not surprising. Humor is very important. Don't take yourself too seriously. Laugh at the little mistakes you've made in life, enjoy a good joke, spend time in the company of people who make you laugh, watch fun programs and comedies with friends, make sure you have a reason to smile every day!
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing method in which an experienced professional uses small needles to induce the correct flow of qi life energy. Research has shown that it can help increase endorphin production and strengthen the immune system.
10. Massage therapy
Massage is considered a powerful tool for relieving stress and returning the body to a relaxed state. In addition, it has been shown to increase endorphin production.
Chiropractic is another treatment that has been shown to promote healing and increase endorphin production.
There are many reasons why so many people love spending time in the pool, hot tub or in the sea. The therapeutic effects of water improve blood circulation, strengthen the immune system and increase the production of endorphins in the body.
According to Reader's Digest, the scent of fresh lavender and warm vanilla has been shown to improve our mood by increasing endorphin levels. A study conducted at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center followed patients on MRI and measured their anxiety levels in a vanilla-scented or odorless environment. Those who underwent MRI and smelled of vanilla reported 63% less anxiety than those who did not smell any.
Music is the language of the universe. Create a playlist of soothing, energetic or cheerful music and play it whenever you need encouragement.
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