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  • Alyssa Abrahamson

Endorphins: Happiness Hormones Part 4

Welcome to Endorphins, the 4th and final part of the Happiness Hormones series in my weekly bulletin and on my podcast, Positively Anti-Inflammatory.


Endorphins, thought of as hormones, are actually neurotransmitters that primarily help us deal with stress and reduce feelings of pain.


Endorphins are known as “feel-good” chemicals. They are natural painkillers because they inhibit the transmission of pain signals in the nervous system and act on our brain’s opiate receptors to increase our overall feeling of wellbeing by boosting sensations of pleasure.


Benefits of endorphins

  • Help lower stress and anxiety

  • Ease symptoms of depression

  • Improve levels of confidence and increase self-esteem

  • Improve mood

  • Regulate of appetite

  • Enhance immune response

  • Support immune function

  • Alleviate pain

What causes endorphin deficiency?

  • Chronic stress and adrenal fatigue

  • Inadequate sleep

  • Blood sugar imbalance

  • Poor gut health

  • Excess caffeine and alcohol consumption

  • Physical or emotional trauma

If your body is not producing enough endorphins you may experience symptoms or be at an increased risk of developing certain health conditions such as

  • Depression or anxiety

  • Moodiness

  • Body aches and pains

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Problems with addiction

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Impulsive behavior

11 ways to increase endorphin production

  1. Exercise regularly. Choose activities that keep your body moving like brisk walking, hiking or swimming

  2. Eat dark chocolate, at least 70% cacao

  3. Create or enjoy art

  4. Listen to or play music

  5. Dance

  6. Acupuncture

  7. Meditation

  8. Massage

  9. Aromatherapy (e.g. lavender stimulates feel-good properties that help you relax, fall asleep more easily and cope with stress)

  10. Sex

  11. Laugh and play

So there you have it! The Happiness Hormones. A fun way to remember them is to think of a “DOSE” of happiness


Dopamine - pleasure, motivator in the brain’s reward system Oxytocin - bonding, love, trust Serotonin - mood stabilizer, wellbeing, happiness Endorphins - pain relief, runner’s high, relaxation


Now go and enjoy yourself this week by engaging in activities that bring you connection, relaxation and pleasure.


Love, Your Wellness Coach,

Alyssa


P.S. ~ ~ Are you dealing with chronic health issues, feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? I can help you. Email me to set up your free consult call.


P.P.S. Listen to podcast episode 127, Endorphins: Happiness Hormones Part 4.


May 31, 2023



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