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Endorphins and Dopamine

Author: Anonym/Thursday, July 23, 2015/Categories: General

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Endorphins ("endogenous morphine") are endogenous opioid chemicals produced by the central nervous system and pituitary gland.

Stress and pain are the two most common factors leading to the release of endorphins. They interact with the opiate receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain and act similarly to drugs such as oxycodone and morphine. In contrast to the opiate drugs, however, activation of the opiate receptors by the body's endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.

The Problem: long term use of opiates or opioid-like substances, suppresses your brain’s ability to produce endorphins. The problem is that you cannot live a normal, comfortable life without either your own endorphins or external opiates/opioids to replace them. There is no “in between solution”; you either produce your own endorphins or depend on external sources to “feel normal”. After long-term use of opiates/opioids, most people do not use them to get “high”, but just to feel normal and be able to function.

Dopamine, a well-known neurotransmitter is implicated in the pleasure/reward circuitry of the brain and often linked with addictive behaviors, and can also be regulated to keep you motivated, upbeat and enthusiastic about activities of daily living. Anything that gives you pleasure, increases dopamine production in the brain. The more dopamine you produce, the more pleasure you experience.

The problem: constant and long-term overstimulation of dopamine receptors in the brain can lead to poor availability of these receptors, therefore, you would need more and more of the substance giving you pleasure to achieve the desired pleasurable effect. This is also known as “tolerance”, very commonly seen in drug addiction.

Therefore, production of endorphins and dopamine within the human body system can give rise to feelings of pleasure, general well-being and in the case of endorphins alone, the mitigation of pain and stress. Insufficient production or insufficient action of endorphins and/or dopamine can lead to depression, fatigue, low pain tolerance, emotional liability, and therefore, stimulate behaviors to seek drugs to mitigate these feelings.

So, what can you do?

1): Exercise regularly
Endorphins are produced and released during strenuous exercise because exercise is a form of healthy stress that can be placed upon the body. Endorphins bind to opiate receptors throughout the body, helping to minimize the pain that is incurred as the exercise becomes longer in duration and intensity. If you exercise regularly, you may even experience a “runner’s high”, which can leave an athlete in a state of euphoria for some time after a session has ended.

2): Do pleasurable activities
Such as safe sex and laughter, both of which release endorphins. Safe sex, laughter and exercise can help treat depression because of the endorphins that are released during these activities.

3): Eat the right foods
Certain foods, such as chocolate or spicy foods like chili peppers, can also lead to enhanced secretion of endorphins. In the case of chili peppers, the spicier the pepper, the more endorphins are secreted. The release of endorphins upon ingestion of chocolate likely explains the comforting feelings that many people associate with this food and the craving for chocolate in times of stress.

Therefore, as long as there is no reason to not eat spicy foods, incorporate some spicy foods into your diet, which can help you to stimulate the production of endorphins. Research at the University of Buffalo showed that the stimulation occurs when the “spicy” part of the food, like a substance called capsaicin, comes into contact with taste buds on your tongue. Receptors at sites on the tongue send a signal to the brain; the signal is similar to a pain signal. The pain signal triggers the release of feel-good endorphins.

4): Get plenty of tyrosine in your diet
One of the accepted ways to stimulate the production of the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine is by supplementing the diet with its precursor, the amino acid tyrosine. Good sources of tyrosine are protein-rich meats, dairy, and some grains, and seeds. Although tyrosine supplements are available, you should only use these after consulting with your doctor to be sure this would be safe for you, since it can interact with some medications and isn't recommended if you have certain health conditions.

5): Other activities that can increase your body's endorphin levels: Studies of acupuncture and massage therapy have shown that both of these techniques can stimulate endorphin secretion. Sex is also a potent trigger for endorphin release. Finally, the practice of meditation can increase the amount of endorphins released in your body.

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