Endorphins…Part III

And here are the last three ways…

8. Meditation is another front-runner.  Practitioners of meditation experience the same high as the fitness enthusiast does after a good workout. Scientists have found that this ‘into the zone’ feeling post-meditation comes from endorphin release in the hypothalamus of the human brain, 30 minutes into any meditation. Meditation CDs are easily available that help you with techniques or initiate you to Guided meditation. Suddenly, there is an explanation to the stoic-faced Yogi..

9. Alcohol: Though one is expected to practice moderation for obviuos reasons, alcohol is an endorphin booster. Scientists’ research on rats found increased level of endorphin in their blood post consumption of alcohol,  and amphitamine at different points in an ongoing study and reached the same results of boosted endorphin. However other chemicals like nicotine did not have the same effect. However, migraineurs will do good to stay away from alcohol.

10.Sex: Yes, I kept this for the last! During lovemaking, a peptide called oxytocin, responsible for feelings and emotions of affection, is released in the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland. The release of oxytocin triggers the production of endorphins which have a sedative effect. Among women, there is an added benefit. Sex also triggers the release of estrogen, the lack or defeciency of which causes PMS, migraines and a host of other unwanted conditions.

Hope you are enjoying the posts. It will be great to get some feedback once in a while to know if I am not talking to walls. Next week, I shall be covering some CAM techniques that have proven effective in tackling migraines… Until then..

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Endorphins Enable Enhanced Endurance

Hi on a beautiful Sunday morning! I am sitting here by the living room window with my cup of tea and the thought of a workout later this morning brings endorphins to mind. I think this will make a good post topic today. Though I have covered endorphins in my earlier post, (where I spoke of it being a neurotransmitter polypeptide that has similar affect as morphine),  here is a brief on how you could beef up your endorphin stock….

Like I said, a workout is a great way – what with all the Christmas and New Year partying, exercises may have a double benefit now. Any physically exertive activity in the range of 20 minutes or over (continuous), causes the body to release endorphines as a defense to fight pain and stress. So you could look at brisk walks, jogging, running, interval training, swimming, dancing, cycling, hiking, group aerobics, gyming – you get the idea….Every bit counts – you only need to clock 20 + minutes of continuous exertive activity and most mentioned as examples are fun! 

Here’s another you will like – Food. This helps in 2 ways – the chewing motion triggers mild endorphin release in all animals including us.  Second, foods like chilli peppers (Jalapeno, Pablano etc) when added to food help – As the body encounters capsaicin, it releases endorphines to fight the distress and pain. Chocolates or caffeine based foods (though not recommended for migraineurs in a big way) or high calorie foods also help though their workings are different on our system.

In my next post, I shall discuss 8 other ways to boost your capability to fight pain by elevating endorphin levels..Till then…

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Endorphines and Migraineurs

Lack of enough exercises leads us to a condition of low dopamine and low endorphin release. When these are on a low, there isn’t enough to act in nexus with serotonin, triggering migraines. So migraineurs, catch up on your exercises.

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