Endogenous morphine or endorphins as we know it are peptides that work as neurotransmitters. They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus whenever we exercise, eat spicy food, feel –pain, excitement, love and orgasm. It can ease pain or make an individual feel good by giving off a feeling which is similar to taking narcotics or analgesics.
Unlike other drugs or medications, it provides a natural high which is not addictive. It was discovered in the 1970’s when a group of scientists were studying drug addiction. They found out that the nervous system and the pituitary gland had the ability to deliver a feeling which is much stronger than what manmade narcotics or analgesics provide. Stress and pain are the most common endorphin triggers, but it has been found out that exercise, certain food and sex hormones can stimulate the secretion as well Furthermore it improves the functions of the immune system.
As of now, it is established that the release of endorphins vary depending on the individual and stimuli. Researchers and doctors suggest that people should make use of other food and pleasurable activities which can develop a better sense of well-being. Laughing, listening to music, sex, acupuncture and eating chili peppers or chocolates are some examples which can be considered.
So if you are feeling down, depressed or stressed, you may choose any one of these activities in order to feel better. Treating yourself to a bar of delectable chocolates is a yummier alternative.
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