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Endorphins; The natural pain killer


What are endorphins?

Endorphins are the body’s natural pain, relievers and mood boosters. They naturally produce during pleasurable activities like exercise, sex and laughing as well as painful experiences such as twisting your ankle.

They are part of a class of chemicals called neuropeptides, act as neurotransmitters in the brain.

Functions; – 

Firstly, It is important to understand how they function in the body.

Endorphins primarily function as Natural painkillers and mood enhancers. They bind to the opioid receptor in the brain and spinal cord, reducing the perception of pain and promoting feelings of pleasure and euphoria.

Additionally, they involves in regulating stress, modulating the immune system and promoting a sense of wellbeing.

endorphins, the natural pain reliever

Endorphins and pain relief; – 

They release in response to various stimuli, including physical activities, stress, pain and certain foods.

When endorphins release, they bind to the opioid receptors and inhibit the transmission of pain signals, leading to the pain relief.

Exercise and endorphins; – 

Exercises such as running, cycling, dancing, swimming can trigger the release of endorphins. This is referred to as the “runner’s high”.

Furthermore, engaging in regular activities is a proven method to stimulate the release of hormones.

Exercise included endorphin release can result in feeling of euphoria, reduce stress and overall sense of wellbeing.

Endorphins and Mood enhancement; – 

They have a direct impact on mood regulation. Activities such as laughing, listening to music, socializing and engaging in pleasurable experiences can stimulate endorphin release, produce a feeling of happiness, reduce symptoms of depression and enhance mood.

In addition, Endorphin act as a natural stress reliever by reducing the perception of stress and promoting relaxation.

The release of endorphins has been associated with various health benefits such as boost immune system, improve cardiovascular health, enhance cognitive functions, reduce anxiety and depression and better pain management.

Boost Endorphin levels naturally; –

– Exercise

– Laugh and have fun

– Listen to music

– Practice mindfulness and meditation

– Pursue hobbies such as painting, gardening, singing and dancing

– Playing with pets

– Spend time in nature

– Socialization

– Practice random acts of kindness

– Eat dark chocolates

– Acupressure and acupuncture

– Playing an instruments

In conclusion, Regular engagement in these practices can lead to long term endorphin boosts and overall wellbeing.

Dr.Hetal Patel


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