what are Endorphins

Endorphins are among the brain chemicals known as ‘neurotransmitters’, which has the primary function of transmitting electrical signals within our nervous systems.

In humans, there are at least 20 types of endorphins located in the brain. Two of the most common factors of the release of endorphins, interestingly enough, are stress and pain. The reason behind this is that the endorphins interact with the opiate receptors in our brain to reduce the perception of pain and act similarly to drugs. However, the release of these endorphins does not lead to addiction.

Things Endorphins Do to our Body:

  • Decreased feeling of pain
  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Modulation of appetite
  • Enhancements of the immune system
  • Fewer negative effects of stress

As mentioned above, endorphins seem excellent, and luckily there are ways for us to benefit from endorphins on demand. That is mainly through exercising. It has been proven that the body does produce endorphins in response to prolonged and continuous activites.

Even if you don’t participate in strenuous athletics, you can also try various activities to increase your body’s endorphin levels.

Examples of Activities that Release Endorphins: 

  1. Acupuncture
  2. Massage
  3. Biking
  4. Power walking
  5. Swimming
  6. Yoga

Almost any physical activity will act as a trigger to ensure you’re having a healthy dose of endorphins released, which can go a long way in making sure you maintain healthy mental health.

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