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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Do Drugs… Naturally!

I’m sure we’ve all had the “Don’t Do Drugs!” talk over and over, and whoever preached to you is right, drugs are bad… BUT! Our bodies have not really given us a choice in the matter of taking drugs, because it does it for us… Naturally.

The bodies drug of choice, Endorphins.

So, what are endorphins?

Endorphins are neurotransmitters. Basically, they are chemicals that help the flow of signals from one neuron to another.

There are over 20 different kind of endorphins in the body, but the main one that has shown to have effects stronger than morphine in humans is the Beta-Endorphin, or ß-Endorphin.

ß-Endorphins are released from the pituitary gland, spinal chord and some other parts of the body and mainly affect receptor cells in the part of your brain that controls pain and emotions.

Essentially, endorphins are chemicals that have the power to suppress pain and control your emotions.

Welcome

Welcome to ‘The Natural High’ where each week there will be posted information, activities, diets, tips and tricks, and positive outcomes all relating to Endorphins and our bodies to help achieve a Natural High. This blog is a celebration of life, movement and positive attitude so apply what you read here to your own life so you can live your life with a natural high!