Foods That Increase Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphins


Other ways to boost endorphin levels

Increasing endorphin levels is a very easy and enjoyable task since the different ways to achieve this are things that you would want to do anyway. Other methods, that do not involve food or exercise, include the following:

  • Laughing — It’s true that laughter is the best medicine. Its health benefits, which include reduced pain, happiness, and an improved immune system, are attributed to the production of endorphins. Unfortunately, as a person ages, the number of times that they laugh in a day declines significantly. If you don’t feel like laughing, just faking it can already trigger endorphins and because of this, you’ll soon be laughing for real.
  • Listening to music — Music is a great way to feel joy, especially when you create the music yourself. One study revealed that country music is the best endorphin booster while heavy metal rock is the worst since it induces anxiety instead.
  • Meditation — People who meditate can enjoy higher endorphin levels as well as lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Because of these, meditation is beneficial for reducing inflammation involved in diseases such as depression.

By doing these methods that increase endorphin levels, you’ll find life much more enjoyable than before. (Related: Mood foods: How what you eat affects how you feel.)

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If you often have diarrhea when you eat hot or spicy foods, learn to recognize and avoid your trigger foods. But if you still want to enjoy them, here are a few tricks to try:

  • Eat the spicy food with some dairy. It helps to wash away the spicy sensation.
  • Eat a small amount of something sweet with the spicy food. This lessens or neutralizes the spiciness.
  • Prepare for the morning after by having some hypoallergenic wipes handy. They'll be a big help if you end up with diarrhea.

Why do we react to spiciness the way we do?

What’s interesting about them is that they’re actually the same receptors that get activated by heat. So when we eat something spicy, our brain receives the same signal as if our mouth was in contact with high heat – that’s why we feel our mouth burning, and also why the word "hot" is a synonym for "spicy". And our body really reacts as if it was exposed to a threat, and triggers a fight-or-flight reaction. That means: your heart beats faster, and you start to sweat!

Fun Fact: The reverse effect actually happens when we eat something that contains menthol. Our body is tricked into thinking we just ate something cool, which is why we can feel the cooling effect in our mouth.

What Are the Benefits of Endorphins?

Endorphins can have many positive effects in terms of your health and well-being. Imagine that you are on a vacation and are bitten by a snake, yet you don't feel any pain. Why would that be? It's the protective effect of a surge of endorphins, allowing you to cope with the stress of the situation.

Below is a list of some of the many benefits of endorphins.

  • Reduced depression
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Regulation or modulation of appetite
  • An enhanced immune response
  • Reduced pain

As you can see, the benefits of endorphins are numerous. In fact, getting regular exercise such as working out at moderate intensity for 45 minutes three times per week may be a good first option for those living with mild depression.

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Disadvantages of eating spicy food

  • Ulcer is a Possibility :

   Consuming too much spicy food regularly can lead to an Ulcer. Heavy consumption of spicy food for rapid weight loss can form ulcers in your stomach. Spice increases acid in the abdomen. The imbalance causes your stomach lining to be left unprotected. In case the excess acid pools in a particular area in the stomach, a painful ulcer could form. 

  • Damaged Taste Buds :

    Excessive consumption of spicy foods could lead to dulling of your taste senses. Intense spice can burn areas in your mouth if they are consumed without caution. The spice can damage your taste buds on certain parts of your tongue leaving you insensitive towards milder flavours. The biggest problem is, severe exposure to spice, this damage can become permanent. 

  • Irritates the Skin :

    Mostly, touching our skin with the same body parts, mostly fingers, that touched the spicy foods(peppers), causes the irritation. This is the most common in the areas with delicate skin cover like the lips, the eye region, etc. Washing both hands vigorously with soap right after eating spicy food is a must to avoid this problem. 

  • Other Physical Complications :

    Excess heat brings a few other physical complications like completely killing one’s appetite. After eating spicy food the longing to eat completely goes away, which can be bad if your stomach is not actually full. Spicy food causes hot flashes(women), can lead to a bad fever and there have been cases of nose bleeding and even swelling of gums. 

  • Acid Reflux :

   Eating spicy food can worsen your issues related to acid reflux. Spicy food is a major cause of increased levels of acid in your body which might not always be able to escape. This can cause excess acid build-ups in the stomach, leading to acid reflux. It is better to keep yogurt and/or sour cream handy to counter these effects of spicy food. 

    All in all, spicy foods are a favourite of people across the globe. Be it everyday consumption, eating at competitions, etc., spicy foods are here to say. As mentioned above, eating spicy foods have a host of different benefits. But there are definitely risks involved with the consumption. But if you can take a few precautions, eating spicy food can be healthy for the body. 

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Endorphins are very strong mood-enhancing brain-chemicals, whose production can be triggered by exercise, sex, laughter and anything that makes you happy. In addition, theobromine from the cacao bean, kola nut and certain tea leaves, are able to increase endorphin levels.

The herb Rhodiola increases endorphin levels of the brain supposedly by helping it to retain serotonin and norepinephrine. Other ways to empower the brain to create more endorphin were listed at the top of this article.

Too high levels of any of these mood-enhancing neu

Too high levels of any of these mood-enhancing neurotransmitters can lead to addictions, as in seen in the case of some drug addictions. Deficiencies, on the other hand can lead to health problems.

A Word From Verywell

Are you wondering how to increase endorphins and improve your well-being and pain tolerance? Following the suggestions laid out here will give you a good start toward improving your well-being and increasing your pain tolerance.

However, it's also important to remember that each person will vary in their own level of pain tolerance and feelings of well-being. If you feel as though your mood is low and nothing is working to improve it, that may be a sign of another issue such as depression or a related illness.

In that case, it is best to make an appointment with your doctor to investigate the underlying problem and put together a treatment plan.