An overindulgence in food, drugs, alcohol, and other pleasurable activities (that are deemed so by each individual) can also stimulate the production of these hormones. The beauty of endorphins is their ability to provide pleasurable feelings and pain relief. The more they are produced as a result of these substances or activities, the more they are sought after and pursued. The inherent health risks in engaging in unhealthy behaviors that lead, for better or worse to that “feel-good rush,” however, is in part what leads to addiction and frequent relapse.
Preventing Endorphin Deficiencies Naturally
In addition to endorphin production as a means of alleviating pain, it is best, just as most things in life, to engage in activities that promote endorphins before crises hit. While we have no control over certain situations, we can adapt our responses to all types of stressors by engaging in behaviors and lifestyles that benefit us, as well as the good and welfare of others.
Exercise is a healthy stressor that produces a surge of endorphins and for some, results in a “runner’s high.” In turn, exercise not only allows you to develop your endorphin stores, but improves your health, encourages one to conduct a healthy lifestyle, and promotes a positive self image.
Eating nutrient- rich foods that organically boost serotonin levels and maintain a healthy gut, can also prevent endorphin deficiencies. Eating well often breeds other positive behaviors such as exercising and the abandonment of dangerous behaviors. Eating healthily also promotes digestion which can in turn promote positive moods and personal satisfaction. The more this process continues, the better the endorphins’ protective abilities.
Other activities that promote endorphin production by increasing joy and pleasure, include laughter, relaxation, and sexual activity. The satisfaction these behaviors provide can significantly increase the production of feel good hormones. Even singing, a behavior that can be engaged in just for fun and alternately, may require a great deal of conviction and dedication, can lend itself to positive changes that boost endorphin levels.
Endorphins are truly a gift that treat pain, distress, and discomfort. There are safe ways for the public to benefit from them, and resources to turn to if your endorphin flow simply is not flowing as it should. Dr. Shahen Kurestian, DC of Body Systems and Well being in Glendale, California is a fantastic source of support is available for appointments and consultations to discuss how to make your endorphins work for you.