RELEASE THE ENDORPHINS!!!

Ok, so we know what endorphins are but how do we get those little suckers into our body?

It is a common misconception among people that exercise is the only/best way to get endorphins into our body, and although it is one way, there are actually many, many more ways in which the body gets stimulated into releasing endorphins.

Here are the top 10 ways to release endorphins into your body to achieve a natural high:

1. Smiling – Very simple, but a smile does in fact release endorphins and just gives you a much more positive outlook on life.

2. Exercise – The obvious one, exercise is great because it stimulates the production of endorphins and also gives you a healthier lifestyle and confidence. To maximize endorphin release in exercise, heavy weight lifting or intense aerobic activity is suggested.

3. Eating – Specifically dark chocolate and spicy foods (chilli), but even after just a very satisfying meal endorphins are released to make you feel good. Having said that remember, everything in moderation.

4. Sex – Sex is probably one of the best ways of achieving a natural high. This is because it is physical but also more often than not, emotional. Connecting with a person physically, emotionally and spiritually while releasing endorphins is truly euphoric for the body.

5. Laughing – Normally when we laugh, we are happy. Many positive effects and feelings are surrounded by laughing including endorphin release.

6. Meditation – Controlled breathing, Tai Chi, Yoga and other forms of meditative exercises are believe to trigger endorphins in the body.

7. Massage / Acupuncture – Both these treatments release endorphins, relieve stress and make you feel better all over.

8. Alcohol – Excessive drinking does NOT release endorphins, however it has been proven that light to moderate drinking does.

9. UV Light – Ultraviolet Light for some reason makes our bodies pump out endorphins.

10. Positivity – The most important of all of the endorphin triggers. Be positive!

So here you have 10 ways to release endorphins into your body. There are so many different ways to release them that no one should have any excuses about why the haven’t gone out there and experienced a natural high!

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5 thoughts on “RELEASE THE ENDORPHINS!!!

  1. Hi there.
    Enjoyed reading this blog post very much. My blog/campaign is focusing on a different type of high (marijuana and its legalisation) so it was refreshing to read about ways we can stimulate natural, manageable highs in the body. In some ways you’re writing about the other end of the spectrum, so I felt it quite relevant to engage with your blog.

    I’ve heard about some of these methods before, but there are some there that definitely surprised me. I thought the endorphins/pleasure with sex was linked high levels of dopamine active in the brain as a reward for the primal instinct to reproduce, but if you release endorphins through exercise, it makes sense on the physical level they’d be a product of sex. I’ve only really started visting the gym this year and I could not believe what I felt after running on the treadmill for 30 minutes. It’s quite intense, the high, and feels very out of body and comparable for me to MDMA (though obviously doesn’t last as long). So, if I’m understanding correctly, endorphins released through exercise are a reward for taking care of our body? Interesting dialect then, ey? The body rewards us with a high for abusing our body (with SOME recreational drugs anyway – not inclined to agree for cannabis or psychedelics) and also if we maintain it.

    I know it’s late in the campaign, but it would be interesting to see if you do a blog post on the interrelation between dopamine and endorphins. Dopamine is also closely linked to tasty/healthy foods, as it is obviously also a primal instinct to survive/eat.

    One more thing, only problem I had with the post was ‘alcohol’ as a ‘natural high’. Contrary to popular belief, it’s a drug! Would be interesting to see how fine a line there between light drinks and heavier consumption to release ‘natural’ endorphins.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Reece

  2. Hi Reese! First off I’d like to say that yes you are quite right, alcohol is a drug, however the point of the post was to show everyone just how many possible ways there are to release Endorphins. When researching this topic I found it incredible at the amount of ways in which the body reacts to certain stimuli and release the feel good hormone. But in saying that, yes you’re right, it wouldn’t be as quite a ‘Natural High’ if it is being achieve through alcohol, which is why I stress only light to moderate consumption does.
    In terms of our two campaigns I would say they are very much on different ends of the spectrum, although I would like to learn more about your side of the story. I’m glad you are discovering the effects of Endorphins while going to the gym, for me there really is nothing else like it!!
    Your campaign is extremely relevant at the moment. I’ve heard there is a lot of discussion going on about the legalisation of some illicit substances. What are your opinions on the matter? I’m assuming in favour… But now that you know what the body does for you naturally, why do you need these other substances? I’m really interested to hear what you have to say because to often we can get caught on one side of an argument and I’m glad you came to me with a different opinion.
    Thanks for getting involved,
    The Natural High

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