“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t,” said Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in the movie Legally Blonde. The number of times I’ve quoted that line to my husband as I leave him with three screaming children so that I can go for a run must number in the high three digits. But veiled threats and screaming children aside, is Elle Woods right? Do endorphins really make us happy, and if so, how?
To start, endorphins are neurotransmitters, which pass along information and signals from one neuron to the next. The primary job of endorphins is to block pain. I spoke with Dr. Kara Reynolds, an Emergency Room physician…
Is it just an endorphin rush? A new study offers an alternate possibility.
Short spurts of exercise might benefit some, but others can’t get enough of it. Whether they are running ultra marathons in the desert, obsessed with their gym schedules or replacing drug addictions with intense fitness regimens, many Americans find lengthy, frequent workouts to be as necessary as sleeping and eating.
Is all this emphasis on exercise healthy, or dangerously compulsive? Can exercise like running be addictive?
“While there have been some studies to show that exercise can lead to elevated endorphin levels in blood plasma, there have been no consistent findings that, indeed, exercise leads to that famous ‘endorphin rush,’” Matthews says.
Endorphin levels are highest during vaginal deliveries in unmedicated mothers. They are lower in women who have a cesarean section after laboring on their own for some time and even lower in women who have a cesarean without experiencing labor.
Endorphins are sometimes produced as a response to certain negative catalysts. These can include fear, pain and stress. But don’t worry. There are numerous other ways you can encourage your body to release endorphins. None of them requires standing on a rake or jumping out of a plane. Let’s have a look at a few of them now...
Making the opioid user impervious to death by opioids is a permanent solution to a horrendous problem that has resisted efforts by prevention, treatment and pharmacological means. Steady and well-funded work to prove the CRISPR method, first with preclinical animal models then in clinical trials, is a moonshot for the present generation of biomedical scientists.
Endorphins affect the same receptors in the brain as painkillers. They relieve pain but, just like morphine, create a feeling of bliss as a welcome side-effect.
If you’ve ever experienced a runner’s high, you’ll know exactly how these chemicals work: after a gruelling session, any physical discomfort falls away and you’ll feel suddenly euphoric.
The results, when analyzed, showed that laughing increased pain resistance, whereas simple good feeling in a group setting did not. Pain resistance is used as an indicator of endorphin levels because their presence in the brain is difficult to test; the molecules would not appear in blood samples because they are among the brain chemicals that are prevented from entering circulating blood by the so-called blood brain barrier.
“Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphins are the quartet of chemicals responsible for your happiness. Many situations can trigger these neurotransmitters, but instead of being in the passenger seat, there are ways you can intentionally cause them to flow.
Endorphins have nothing to do with it.
The purpose of this article is to briefly review our current understanding of endorphins, specifically beta-endorphins, and how they relate to the field of surgery.
To start, endorphins are neurotransmitters, which pass along information and signals from one neuron to the next. The primary job of endorphins is to block pain.
Time to get the "feel good" chemical flowing.
If you’ve been feeling low and cranky for a long time, there’s a good chance that the endorphin levels in your body are not at mark. We asked a panel of experts—a nutritionist to a counsellor—to share their tips on what you can do to promote a sense of happiness.