8 Ways To Boost Your Happy Hormone
Endorphins, also known as ‘happy hormones’ produce a feeling of euphoria, making you more positive and happy. Endorphins are neurotransmitters which are produced in response to pain or extreme exertion, to take the edge off and make you feel amazing. But you don’t just have to go on a run to get that rush of endorphins, you can get a boost of endorphins from everything from food, to laughing. Not only that, but endorphins will also help you feel calmer, which will also get you sleeping better.
So here’s a list of the foods, and things, you can be doing to help give your endorphins a boost.
1. Eat Chocolate
Chocolate contains several neuro-transmitters in the brain, improving our mood and our happiness levels. Thanks to all the polyphenols and other antioxidants, chocolate reduces inflammation, lowers your blood pressure, and boosts good cholesterol. Amongst all this, it contains the chemical that prompts the release of endorphins.
But you don’t need a lot of chocolate unfortunately, and dark chocolate is better than milk. But still, it’s hardly a chore!
Top tip: add strawberries to your feast as they’re crammed with antioxidants which help stimulate blood supply to the brain, flushing it with happy hormones.
2. Nuts & Seeds
Almonds, pecans and walnuts all contain healthy fats and calcium, which have been proven to offset hormonal imbalances, as well as alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression and irritability.
This one you don’t have to eat, but instead smelling lavender can increase your levels of anxiety. Lavender has been shown to improve symptoms of depression and insomnia and will work to calm and de-stress you.
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Containing an abundance of Vitamin A & C, oranges can help brain functionality and the recall of happy memories. The folic acid in citrus fruit can also boost the production of healthy brain cells.
Laughing brings on a surge of endorphins, sometimes known as ‘inner jogging’ it lowers your blood pressure, boosts your immune system and reduces stress hormone. There have been so many studies on laughing and its effect on the body, and even more incredibly, as a pain reliever. So have a giggle and feel your endorphins sore.
Full of folate and vitamin B-12, oats can help ease depression and the feeling of anxiety. As a slow-release carb, they will also sustain your blood-sugar levels for a long period of time, keeping you full and satisfied.
Ginseng is a well-known adaptogen, praised for lowering blood-pressure and offsetting the effects of stress. The aroma-therapeutic benefits can also help you relax and feel calmer.
This is the go-to for an endorphin burst, as working out stresses your system so your brain pumps out endorphins to cope. You don’t have to go on a massive run, everything from walking to dancing and aerobics will work too. If your heart rate is up, you’ll feel the benefits of the endorphin boost.
There are so many things to do to boost your endorphins, which will not only make you feel happier in the moment, but also help you deal with stresses better and therefore sleep better. So give it a shot and do some exercise, eat some chocolate and have a laugh with your friends. And see how great you feel.
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