Endorphins is organic chemical elements, which are produced by central nervous system. It has a pain reliever physiological effect like morphine and opium but they have wider spectra of operation.￼
Today almost everyone knows that this is hormones of happiness which are produced by our own body.￼
Endorphin brings a man to euphoria (the condition of bliss) it’s also called “natural drug” or “hormone of happiness”. All positive feelings raise the level of endorphins in blood. There are many other methods that can bring on an emission of endorphins into blood.
The work of endorphins is the same as a effect of “pink glasses”. When the body works out a lot of endorphins, a person sees only good in everything. And in opposite, the low level of these hormones can bring the feeling of melancholy. If we would know how to elevate the level of endorphins in the body we can forget about antidepressant drug.
Life is wonderful thing, it’s just important to choose right antidepressants.
Antidepressants can bring an addiction to some of their chemical elements. Besides, not everyone can use these drugs. Endorphins are 10 times stronger than antidepressants and they have much stronger effect.
History of endorphins discovery is bound with China, where Chinese surgeons showed American doctors a surgery without anesthesia in 70s of last century.
That time the government of China were looking for ways to impress an imagination of Americans. And in the case with anesthesia they’ve succeeded. For the anesthesia that time they used acupuncture. American anesthesiologists were shocked: during the surgery with breast opening the patient was answering the questions. And when Chinese surgeon saw that pain was coming back he just twisted the needles at the acupuncture points.
As the results of “cultural shock” that the Americans experienced after their trip they started to conduct more researches. In 1975 were discovered protein molecules from the brain of a rat that produce anesthesia. Pharmacologists created dozens of medications that imitate natural morphines. And they found out that answer is not just in molecules such as morphine but also in some specific receptor cells which are more than ten.￼
Эти рецепторы образуют целые функциональные системы. И сегодня мало сказать человеку: «У вас снижен уровень эндорфинов». Хороший специалист должен еще и выяснить, какое именно звено эндорфинной системы пострадало, а также предложить эффективные методы восстановления.
These receptor cells form the functional systems. And it’s not enough to say to a man today: “Your level of endorphins is low”. A good specialist has to find out not only which part of endorphin system was harmed but also to offer effective methods of recovery process.
Mythes about endorphins
Myth 1. You can get endorphins through chocolate. You can eat chocolate with pleasure, with chocolate you can receive basic elements for synthesis of many neurohormones. But it’s not endorphins in a pure condition.
Myth 2. Acupuncture raises a synthesis of endorphins. It’s also not true. The result of acupuncture is a release of endorphins but it doesn’t influence on their synthesis.
Endorphins are proteins and they need time for a synthesis. They are synthesized during our sleeping time that is why it’s necessary to have a healthy dream for full formation of endorphins.
The system of endorphins submits to a general biological law: exercises allowed to make function stronger, overtraining brings an exhaustion. Traumatizing situations that repeat again and again also bring an exhaustion. General physical exhaustion and exhaustion of endorphins system goes “hand in hand”.
On what endorphins influence in our body? The list is very big, they have an analgesic action; they influence on slowing of breathing, heart beating - anti-stress effects; strengthening of immune resistance; regulation of bowels activity; they take part in the process of excitation and slowing down of nervous system; regulation of metabolism; they bring feeling of euphoria; they influence on the level of self-esteem.
What does the lack of endorphins bring?
The lack of endorphins brings low mood, apathy and depression. The aim of every person is satisfaction of his needs and receiving pleasure. The feelings of pleasure come to the body during the time of endorphins emission. This chemical combination looks like morphine, that is how endorphin got its name - endogenous (inner) morphine, it means that it was worked out inside of the body.
Formation of endorphins can be reduced in case of some pathologies. People who have chemical dependence the number of endorphins in their body can be low from the beginning.
That is why such person feels himself for the first time “good” only when he uses alcohol or narcotic drugs, because they raise the number of endorphins. If the person takes this way of receiving “happiness in the life” positively,then in a some time he becomes drug addict or alcoholic.
Insofar as the brain of drug addicts receives large amount of morphines from outside (heroin), or the body adapts to their constant strong stimulation (with the help of methamphetamine, cocaine, ethanol), then in a some time the synthesis of natural endorphins in the body of these people stops.
Fortunately, there are simple and safe methods to raise up the level of endorphins.
The simplest method of replenishment is food
Hold a piece of chili on your tongue and you will not only feel yourself better but you also can get rid of pain. In chili there is molecules of capsaicin that stimulate production of endorphins. The researchers have shown that the hotter and spicier is a food the more endorphins you’ll get. Those who a fond of spicy dishes definitely will like this news.
The eutrophy plays considerable role in raising the level of endorphins. If your diet is not balanced the level of endorphins will decline. There are a lot of food products which can stimulate endorphins emission.
But it’s necessary to understand that food products don’t produce endorphins they only help the body to synthesize them.
Avocado -1/2 of this fruit a day and world will not look so gloomy and cruel.
Banana is a source of triptophane - amino acid that is responsible for producing of serotonin by brain. One banana a day will help you to create a good mood.
Strawberry is reach with vitamin C. This as well as other vitamins that contain in this berry can help to produce endorphins through stimulating of nervous impulses.
Antioxidants are another advantage of strawberry, they remove harmful toxins from the body. And itself the strawberry is very tasty and its look revives spirits!
Mustard - the mustard oil also raises up the level of serotonin. Use mustard in dressings for salads and you’ll feel yourself full of energy.
Potato is a source of potassium replenishment in the body (the same as banana). The amount of potassium is reducing very fast after stresses. Boil 250 gram of potato in its skin and remove the results of stress.
Coriander is a great stimulator of nervous system. Many people don’t like its taste but it’s a matter of habit.
Borodino’s bread is sprinkled with coriander seeds and everyone likes it. And what taste can coriander add to regular pasta! Just strew hot pasta with coriander that was crushed with garlic and add shredded cheese and some pieces of tomato. And you’ll change your opinion about coriander.
Milk. Digestion of milk helps to develop peptides in the body. Peptides also raise the level of serotonin in the brain.
Sweet pepper also contains of many elements that activate the exchanging process in the brain. If you use sweet pepper a brain’s working capacity will be restored soon.
Beet is full of useful elements. But the most important element is a folic acid that splits homocysteine - the elements that induces depression and low mood. Only one beet a day will give you a necessary amount of a folic acid.
Currant (Ribes rubrum) stimulates cellular regenerating because it contains succinic acid. One glass of juice is perfect mean for relieving stress and strengthening. It beneficially influence on blood composition.
Thyme consists of cymene and Carvacrol. These are perfect sedative means. Take 2 tbsp of honey and 1 tsp of thyme before you go to bed and you’ll sleep as baby.￼
Chili. In chili there is a capsaicin that stimulate a production of endorphins. Choose sweeter fruit because its pungency hasn’t anything to do with good mood and even a sweet chili pepper will bring intended effects.
Another method is positive thinking!
To have a positive thinking you need to control your thoughts and as soon as negative thought come to you change it into positive one. This will allow emission of endorphins into blood and you notice that you have a good mood again.
Sport also can help to have emission of endorphins, especially it’s true in connection with running, swimming, tennis, with those types of sports where you need to spend long period of time.
In a certain moment of practice you’ll feel absolute bliss out from exercises and this will show you that it was emission of endorphins in your body.
The most powerful method is sex
New impressions, for example, visiting a theatre or a concert of your favorite singer also influence the level of endorphins.
Music that makes you cry is a great stimulator of endorphins emission. Music brings the same pleasure to the brain as sex. Both of these have the same base: dopamine. Emission of this neuromediator takes place during a meal, using drugs or having sex. It’s interesting that on music that hasn’t such important meaning the body of a man react the same way: produces dopamine that gives to the brain feeling of euphoria. Why it’s happening this way the scientists don’t know. Due to emission of dopamine we’re shaking and covering with goose bumps during listening of our favorite composition.
For experiencing of harmony and happiness you also can visit an acupuncturist. Endorphins get into blood after acupuncture the same way as during laughing.
Influence of music on the level of endorphins
Music is able to raise level of endorphins in the blood. Biochemical elements that grow in the body under influence of positive feelings and emotions produced by music, they help to appear in the body anesthetics and raise the level of immune resistance. There is a theory that the pleasure which we get from listening the music - is a result of producing of endorphins. It’s worked out by hypophysis as a result of electrical activity, which is spreading in the brain and has connection with activity of lymphatic and independently ruling centers.
In one American medical magazine was written that those mothers who regularly listened to certain musical pieces during the time of delivery they didn’t need anesthetics. “Musical therapy raises number of endorphins in the body and because of this people can use less of medicines. It diverts from pain and reduce nervous tension” - such conclusion were made by research scientists.
Together with reducing of stress and pain, natural high-pitched sound signals are able to produce more lymphocytes in the blood, that raise natural resistance of body to diseases. Lymphocytes also increase resistance of body to leukemia, herpes virus, mononucleosis, Cori disease and other infection diseases.
Beside raising of endorphins level, laugh also make stronger immune system. Chocolate in a small amount also brings joy, though you shouldn’t eat it to much because it can influence your health as well as your figure.
Ultraviolet is also able to stimulate emission of endorphins, that is why you can visit solarium or go to a beach to lift your spirit.
All pleasures lead to increasing the level of endorphins and we feel happiness and joy.
Endorphins are produced during processes that have connection with receptors of hearing and smelling and so on. That is why some people who have a depression, can eat a lot. In this way food brings them pleasure and raises the level of endorphins.