Increasing Endorphins with good wine, good food, good company and good sex
Some of the best things in life are free, including the feeling of the natural high we experience when endorphins are released throughout the brain and body.
Endorphins comprise a group of roughly 20 “feel good” brain chemicals that reduce pain and diminish the negative effects of stress.
The word endorphin derives from two words — endogenous (from within) and morphine.
When endorphins are released they, make us feel better, improve our mood, increase pleasure, and minimize pain. Everyone has different amount of endorphins, and what may trigger an endorphin release in one person may not trigger a response in another person.
Effects Of Increased Endorphins
When endorphins are produced, they can have a variety of effects on the body. Some of these effects include:
- Mood enhancement: When you think of endorphins pleasure should come to mind. It’s thought that endorphins help encourage us to do the things we find pleasurable.
- Blocking pain: Endorphins affect the part of the brain that controls how you feel pain.
- Moderating appetite: Part of endorphins’ role is to let your body know when you’ve had enough of something.
- Relieving stress: An endorphin rush while you are stressed can make you feel more relaxed.
- Increase Release of sex hormones: Sex hormones can be triggered by the production of endorphins.
When you are low in endorphins, you are more likely to feel depressed, anxious, stressed out, and unable to enjoy life or experience joy fully.
Fortunately some of the best and simplest things in life can trigger an endorphin release. Such as certain foods, music, good company and sex.
You might be low on endorphins if you:
- Feel anxious
- Can’t experience joy
- Can’t bounce back when stressed or when stressful events occur
- Very emotional and cry easily
- Feel sad for no reason
- Tend to eat “comfort foods”.
You know those people you meet who are always happy and in a good mood? Those genuinely happy people, Well most likely they’re high all the time – high on endorphins that is.
They’re also most likely to be people who also take care of their endorphin stores. Their lifestyle choices provide their bodies the building blocks needed to make plenty of endorphins and they rarely expend too much of it at one time.
Instead of their happiness and feel good emotions spiking and falling here and there they are most likely to experience a higher level of happiness and pleasure at a more consistent rate.
People with endorphin deficiencies may turn to harmful activities that release an enormous amount of endorphins and set a person up for depletion. Such as tobacco, drugs, alcohol, violence, vigorous exercise, wild parties, gambling and any kind of thrill-seeking activities. This can lead to an destructive endless cycle.
So how can you increase those emotions of bliss for a more pleasurable life?
The good news is you can naturally increase your endorphins and it is more simple than you think.
How would you feel if you enjoyed a night with good company while eating good food, listening to music, sipping some good wine and then experienced an amazing bonding session between the sheets?
Would feel amazing, right?
Well as long as your endorphins balance is not out of whack these simple pleasures are a recipe that will sky rocket your endorphin production.
Give yourself another reason to eat good food, drink good wine and have heated sessions between the sheets with good company.
Foods that increase endorphins
In general, eating your favorite foods can produce pleasure. All palatable foods make your brain release endorphins to elevate your mood.
But there are certain foods that do a better job than others at increasing your mood.
Chocolate is one of the all-time favorite comfort foods and has been said to invoke a feeling similar to falling in love. This is because it contains several compounds such as phenylethylamine, which works by raising endorphin levels.
Spicy food/ hot peppers
Hot peppers ability to heat up the moment is due to a compound called capsaicin.
When you eat hot peppers, your brain perceives the heat they cause as pain which then causes endorphins to rush in to put out the fire.
If you like spicy food the initial rush can be worth the “post-pepper euphoria”
Beetroot contains betaine which stimulates the production of S-adenosyl methionine and is essential in the production of dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. (More on this in a future post)
Moderate alcohol consumption causes a release of endorphins in areas of the brain linked to feelings of pleasure.Though heavy drinking negates this effect. It is also important not to take actual opiates as it provides an artificial pleasure that makes make your brain think it’s OK to take a break from producing endorphins, which kills your vibe.
Ways to increase endorphins with Good Company, Music and Sex
Falling in love increase endorphins
When we fall in love our brain produces a compound called phenylethylamine which boost our levels of endorphins. It is also the same compound found in dark chocolate.
It’s not possible to be “in love” all of the time but that’s okay even just being intimate with someone releases endorphins that make you feel great.
The stronger the love and greater the sexual chemistry can lead to a higher addiction to endorphins which may explain why breaking up with someone you’re in love with causes such great pain.
A break up and shutting down one of the main sources of endorphin production can have the same feeling to a substance addict going cold turkey.
“Yes it can drive you crazy”
Did you know the scent of vanilla has been shown to stimulate the production of endorphins. Try having some vanilla-scented candles, lotion or essential oils accessible in your home for when the good times roll by.
Music and dancing increases endorphins
Listening to music you enjoy increases the production of endorphins and dopamine according to studies. Interestingly, one study found that heavy metal rock was the worst to listen to since it tended to leave listeners anxious. To increase the effects of endorphin production try creating music or even better start dancing.
Other ways to increase Endorphins
If you haven’t payed much attention to your breathing patterns or technique there is a good chance you’re not breathing using your whole diaphragm. Deep breathing from the diaphragm is the way we are meant to breathe, but most adults take shallow breaths from the chest instead.
Watch a child or a pet sleep and you’ll see that their belly, and not their chest, moves up and down. Studies show that when you breathe at the rate of six breaths per minute your heart and breath become synchronized. You can practice by using some breathing synchronization excises.
Breathe in from your belly for 5 seconds and then exhale out for 5 seconds.
Do this for one minute.
This full breath may take some time to achieve but once you do you will notice an improved mood due to the brain releasing the feel-good neurotransmitters endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine.
Meditation increases endorphin release
Mediation stimulates the pituitary gland to release endorphins, promoting relaxation, self-healing and overall well being. Due to endorphins being released mediation practice also reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Studies have even proven mediation can increase grey matter.
Meditation is one of the best things you can do to improve your health, pleasure and self-awareness. There are many forms of mediation which all trigger an endorphin release such as Transcendental Meditation ,Heart Rhythm Meditation (HRM), Kundalini. Moving meditations like tai chi, Pilates and yoga can also trigger endorphin release.
Living in a stressful and hectic 21st century mediation should be practiced by everyone especially if you want to experience the most of your emotions and improve your overall health and self-awareness.
How to Increase Endorphins Naturally: Take Away
Endorphins consist of a group of over 20 known neurotransmitters. They are usually created when you are under stress or in pain. But there are various way to increase production of these potent brain chemicals.
There is possibility if you have addictions or practice poor life style choices your endorphins may reach depletion after extreme in high spikes of production. Leaving you feeling down and out most of the time.
There is many natural healthy ways to increase your endorphin production at a more constant rate.
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Good Wine, Good Food, Good company, Good Sex and mind-body healing techniques to help you experience the health benefits of endorphins and enjoy life’s pleasures more often.