Lack of energy, apathy, worse mood and lowered mood – these can be the effects of endorphin deficiency. Fortunately there are several simple ways to supply our body with them
Who of us does not want to be happy, exude energy and infect others with it? In the pursuit of happiness we try to surround ourselves with material goods, for which we work with redoubled force. As a result, the body is exhausted and the joy of new things is not enough to restore the balance of the mind. In fact, to produce happy hormones, our body needs very little.
Magic endorphins – what are they?
The human body, specifically the pituitary gland, under the influence of certain factors is able to produce a special protein – endorphin. Popularly known as the hormone of happiness. It is its presence in sufficient quantity that allows us to feel happy. How?
Endorphins greatly simplify the passage of nerve impulses through the subcortex to the pleasure center. As a result of stimulation of these centers, we feel lightness and joy.
Adequate levels of endorphins in the body:
- provides deep restful sleep, fast and full awakening;
- increases immunity;
- normalizes all metabolic processes;
- supports weight loss;
- accelerates the processing of information by the brain, which affects our performance;
- improves mood and self-esteem.
In addition, a surge of endorphins can relieve pain, lower body temperature, act as an anti-stress agent by slowing breathing and heart rate, improve short-term memory, and even put us in a state of near euphoria.
Ways to increase endorphin levels
Shortages and deficiencies of happy hormones are extremely dangerous. They lead to metabolic disorders, sleep function, apathy and depression. Fortunately, there are simple and completely harmless methods to increase their levels in the blood. We will focus on the ones that don’t take much time and that can be used practically anywhere.
1. Relaxation and meditation
All you need to do is close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and get away from all your problems for a while. The advantage of this method is that you can meditate even at your workplace. Another way to relax is to get a massage – preferably a professional one, of course. But if you don’t have the time or resources, you can gently massage your tense areas yourself. Both massage and meditation can be supported by aromatherapy. Scents have a significant impact on our mind and mood. For example, vanilla and lavender help get rid of insomnia and disturbing thoughts
There’s a reason it’s said that laughter prolongs life. Find a reason to laugh every day and don’t provide yourself with negative news content first thing in the morning. Endorphins are produced in huge amounts when you laugh, which helps you overcome almost any degree of depression. Finding an excuse to smile is easier than it seems. It is necessary to surround ourselves with pleasant little things, communicate more often with loved ones, and smile more often, constantly reminding ourselves that we are shaping our own attitude towards life.
3. A little sunshine
Ultraviolet radiation increases protein in the blood after just 10 minutes. Sunlight also contributes to an increase in vitamin D. No wonder we feel happier on sunny days. It is best to take a sun bath while walking.
Music can make you smile, and the constant pleasant sound throughout the day will improve your mood and increase your productivity. You should listen to exactly what you like. Phenomena such as goosebumps or the appearance of tears in the eyes are signs that the production of chemicals has already begun. Music will work even better when combined with dancing.
When you feel a drop in mood, you should eat something. To increase the level of endorphins the best will be sweets, among them chocolate. Also perfect are:
- chili, jalapeño and other types of hot peppers, which contain capsaicin. This substance irritates the mucous membranes, to which the reaction is a surge of endorphins,
- grapes and oranges, due to their high vitamin C content, contribute to a more active synthesis of certain compounds,
- strawberries are also rich in vitamin C and contain antioxidants that eliminate toxins,
- bananas are full of natural sugar, plus potassium, which strengthens the nervous system,
- ginseng relaxes, increases stamina, performance and concentration.
If you want to recharge your body with happy hormones, reach for those methods that give you the most pleasure. Especially noticeable will be the effect of combining several ways, for example, meditation and listening to relaxing music. It is important to make activities that promote the production of endorphins your daily habit. This will make you happier, healthier and full of energy, and your positive mood will surely spread to others.
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